"We are in a situation that demands swift action and exceptional methods … An essential part of our response to this emergency is the principle of solidarity," said President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday evening, as he acknowledged the scars that an extension of the lockdown will leave on SA.

Ramaphosa’s address was a rallying call to unity, and in that context it is lamentable that tourism minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane insists that BEE credentials, rather than financial need, will be the criterion for state support...

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