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It’s Monday and SA has survived a second weekend of lockdown. By the time you read this, we will be past the halfway mark of the 21-day government-imposed attempt at curbing the spread of Covid-19. Sure, it’s likely to be extended, but let’s work with the timeframe we have.

As it is, we haven’t had quite enough proactive testing to be certain that we are on top of the health crisis. But what we do know is that its economic consequences will be dire, with a growing number of forecasters pointing to an annual contraction of about 5% of GDP for SA this year...

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