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In the US and UK people are gearing up for a postvaccine summer, but here in SA it’s another week, another lockdown — complete with pearl-clutching from the booze industry and a genuine cry of pain from those in the entertainment and dining spheres.

Just as pandemic pain isn’t universal geographically, it is also a mixed bag for industries. There are a few for whom Covid-19 was a gift. The warehousing and e-commerce-fulfilment property crowd, for example, are counting their wins. Streaming providers, as I’ve covered before, have been printing money while cinemas were shuttered, and we learnt earlier this month that — despite the continued erosion of premium subscribers — DStv saw a solid 6% increase in SA subscriber numbers in the past financial year (ending March 2021), and a 7% increase overall...

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