EDITORIAL: And now, it’s all about the economy
Today, the sense of dread you pick up isn’t mainly about SA’s coronavirus infection rate; it’s about the death spiral of the economy
If you listen closely, you can hear the panic shifting. A month ago, it was about how many thousands of South Africans would succumb to Covid-19, overwhelm our hospitals and obliterate the country’s health system.
On March 23 — five weeks ago, which feels like five months — President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the national lockdown. At the time, Covid-19 felt like an endless black hole. Italy’s death rate was rocketing, and the US was only just beginning to rattle its sabre at the virus...