In the last week of March 2020, SA found itself plunged into a confrontation with unprecedented lockdowns.

The lockdowns came in two forms — one unexpected and another long expected. The effect of the coronavirus pandemic worldwide has become a daily learning saga for policymakers, regulators and citizens. The pervasive scale of the pandemic — affecting countries and personalities of all social classes and privileges — has forced a world defined by a gradual gravitation towards polarisation to revisit the concept of shared solidarity.

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