A year ago, as the spectre of Covid loomed large, there were encouraging signs of solidarity across the country. In his March 30 2020 address to the nation, President Cyril Ramaphosa referred to "the 58-million SA citizens and residents who are standing together as one in confronting this national health emergency".

Just before Easter, Ramaphosa called on public office bearers and the executives of large companies to take temporary pay cuts and contribute to the Solidarity Fund, set up to mobilise resources to combat the pandemic...

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