Last week’s announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa that the country will experiment with the gradual reopening of the economy was probably the best economic news we have heard in months.

The idea behind Ramaphosa’s risk-adjusted approach to easing the lockdown is simple: buy time for virology experts led by Dr Salim Abdool Karim to line up our health-care resources against Covid-19 and limit the economic cost of the order that has triggered a fight for survival for many businesses, especially small ones...

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