It’s the lockdown deadlock. People are getting restless, as human nature dictates. And the government has got itself into a fair bit of a pickle. So, a lot hinged on President Cyril Ramaphosa’s fourth Covid-19 address to the nation on Tuesday night – both to restore the credibility of the government’s strategy and approach, and to detail the fiscal response.

Given the delay in announcing the economic rescue package, the government’s credibility was being stretched. But once again, Ramaphosa rose to the occasion, with most commentators commending the scale and diversity of the instruments deployed, as well as the pragmatic willingness to access international finance from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and elsewhere...

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