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Government clears travel to all African countries from October

Business travel to banned high risk countries will also be permitted, subject to the consent of the minister of home ...

By Genevieve Quintal

Deadlines and time frames set new recovery plan apart

A draft circulating informally reveals a to-do list that could clear regulatory and efficiency bottlenecks

Carol Paton
Editor at Large

Western Cape ramps up marketing to boost tourism sector

The province moves quickly to attract local and international travellers as SA's borders are set to reopen on October 1

By Bekezela Phakathi

Move to level 1 must be underpinned by an ‘intensive job-creation drive’, ...

Reopening of the economy must be backed by stronger employment policies, says Cosatu


Global shortage of PPE eases, WTO says

World Trade Organisation says production and trade have expanded to meet the unparalleled global demand

By Bekezela Phakathi

READ IN FULL: President announces downgrade to alert level 1

Cyril Ramaphosa announced another downgrade in SA’s lockdown regulations during a televised address on Wednesday night

WATCH: President announces move to level one lockdown

Address follows meetings this week with the national coronavirus command council, the president’s co-ordinating council ...

National Editor's Choice

SA’s waning Covid-19 epidemic puzzles experts

Researchers have no easy answer for why country was spared hospitals being overwhelmed as in Italy and US

By Tamar Kahn

Tourism Business Council of SA urges Ramaphosa to open borders

The move is vital to spur demand ahead of the December high season, says CEO Tshifhiwa Tshivhengwa

By Genevieve Quintal

President Cyril Ramaphosa welcomes Nedlac’s economic recovery plan

Ramaphosa will announce the details of the plan once it has been finalised by the cabinet


Minister urges domestic tourist operators to cut rates

Prices are aimed at overseas travellers, making sites unaffordable to locals, says Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane

By Linda Ensor

Ters payments still suspended as ID documents are verified

Payments were suspended last week after the auditor-general’s report uncovered alleged fraud

By Genevieve Quintal

Anti-corruption hotline active during lockdown

The national anti-corruption hotline has received thousands of allegations over social grant fraud and procurement ...

By Linda Ensor

Discovery joins Trinity Challenge to counter future pandemics

College aims to enable participants to share data and analytics to improve identification, response and recovery

By Tamar Kahn

Chronically ill will bear brunt of diversion of resources due to Covid-19

‘A lot of familiar faces aren’t there anymore … You assume that a lot of these people died at home because they never ...

By Janice Kew

Funeral workers’ strike weighs heavily on frail healthcare sector

Nafupa SA says there will be no body removals from hospitals or homes, no burials and no funeral supplies for three days


Lockdown could end up saving 16,000 lives

Discovery model projects end-of-year death toll could have been 25% higher without action

By Tamar Kahn

This is how KwaZulu-Natal spent R2.1bn on Covid-19

Premier Sihle Zikalala has released a report on owners and directors of companies awarded Covid-19 contracts

By Nivashni Nair

History will absolve me, says Ramaphosa

In a rare question-and-answer session with editors and broadcasters, Ramaphosa was put on the spot

Carol Paton
Editor at Large

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on September 16 2020 that South Africa will be moving to lockdown alert level 1 from September 20 2020. Ramaphosa announced that many restrictions will be lifted, including international travel restrictions on 1 October 2020. Ramaphosa consulted with business, labour and the tourism industry before his address.


Covid plunges New Zealand into worst recession in decades

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern defends lockdown measures as GDP contracts 12.2% quarter on quarter

By Praveen Menon

Bank of England steps up negative rate work as economic risks rise

The BOE holds its benchmark rate at 0.1% for now, and the bond-buying programme at £745bn

By David Goodman

Cough test dummies may have final word on whether we can fly

For the past four months, human-like mannequins simulating aerosolised coughs have been flying around the world to see ...

By Justin Bachman

Global economies need to invest as much as $55-trillion to meet emissions ...

A recent report, by a group of energy-intensive companies, cite China and India as challenges to reaching net-zero ...

By Rajesh Kumar Singh

Outlook for informal economy in Zimbabwe is dire after harsh Covid-19 ...

Since April, the Zimbabwean government has waged a crackdown on informal street vendors, criminalising their activities ...

By Shoshana Kede

This is what Africa needs to recover well from Covid-19 disaster

The IMF says ‘policy-induced distortions that stymie private investment’ must be eliminated and public finance ...

By Prinesha Naidoo

Africa’s output could plunge 10%, but there is hope for recovery

‘In some markets, Covid-19 has given new impetus to positive reform,’ a new investment report suggests

By Alonso Soto

Hong Kong’s social enterprises struggle to survive amid Covid-19

For-profit companies that do social good, many working with disabled people, say they may be out of business by the end ...

By Beh Lih Yi

Israel resumes strict lockdown as Covid second wave surges

Tens of thousands of Israelis are expected to defy the lockdown despite sharp rise in infections

By Amy Teibel

Greening cities should be key part of post-virus recovery

The move would create jobs, encourage growth and help limit climate change

By Umberto Bacchi

Vietnamese pupils design Covid-19 helmet for frontline health workers

Vihelm has glove box access so wearers can fit their hand inside and wipe sweat off their face while keeping unit sealed

By Minh Nguyen

Critically ill Zimbabwe’s health system is in ICU

Two decades of economic mismanagement takes its toll on nation that was one of Africa’s shining stars

By Antony Sguazzin, Ray Ndlovu and Brian Latham

UN needs $35bn more for WHO Covid-19 ACT programme

$15bn is needed immediately, António Guterres says, to go from ‘start up’ to ‘scale up and impact’ in terms of vaccines ...

By John Miller

Christine Lagarde not anxious to shift European monetary policy

The euro has soared more than 10% against the dollar since March, and inflation has turned negative for the first time ...

By Alexander Weber

Trump said he played down severity of Covid-19 to avoid panic

Trump told journalist Bob Woodward that the virus is airborne and ‘deadly stuff’ while downplaying its seriousness to ...

By Josh Wingrove and Mario Parker

Palm-oil industry considers using convicts amid virus-driven labour ...

Palm growers who depend on foreign workers are left with little choice as lockdown shuts borders

By Anuradha Raghu

Zimbabwe to resume international flights from October

Domestic flights will resume from Thursday and all travellers must have a Covid-19  clearance certificate

By Agency Staff

When will Wall Street bosses order workers back to the office?

Banks have reconfigured floors to comply with social distancing guidelines but many employees are still wary of ...

By Michelle F Davis

Covid-19 shows why clean air matters, but the cash to get it is wanting

Report says devoting more funding to removing pollution could also boost other global goals

By Megan Rowling

The quarantine that Spain’s fruit-pickers never want to end

The farm school to which they are sent infected with coronavirus, has become an escape from discrimination and ...

By Reuters

Trump and Biden clash over coronavirus vaccine

Trump accuses Democratic rival of ‘political lies’ amid accusations that the FDA is under political pressure to ...

By Jennifer Epstein

Every country should join WHO’s vaccine initiative, Africa-CDC urges

The US will not join the effort, called Covax, due to objections by Donald Trump’s administration to WHO involvement

By George Obulutsa and Duncan Miriri

Graft major blemish on Africa’s response to pandemic

With investigations ongoing in several countries, the extent of the plunder could amount to hundreds of millions of ...

By Monique Vanek and David Herbling

Good news from Iceland about getting the coronavirus twice

Some doctors believe most relapses will be milder than the first infection and this weakening  depends on our body ...

By Ferdinando Giugliano

UK tells Rishi Sunak now is not the time to raise taxes

The UK’s national debt is more than £2-trillion for the first time in history, but commentators say the country just ...

By Alex Morales, David Goodman and Andrew Atkinson

Brazil GDP plummeted 9.7% in second quarter due to Covid-19

Since then it has spent billions on stimulus including employment subsidies that has analysts paring their 2020 ...

By Mario Sergio Lima

Hi-tech Covid-19 tracing tools threaten personal digital rights

Securing public health can and must be compatible with democratic checks and balances, say rights groups

By Avi Asher-Schapiro

New life for Europe’s suburban banks due to Covid-19

Rather than closing branch offices, they may be repurposed for workers and customers nearby as self-service banking ...

By Iain Withers, Tom Sims, Patricia Uhlig and Hans Seidenstuecker

Potential issues with Ad5 Covid-19 vaccines from Russia and China

Some scientists also worry an Ad5-based vaccine could increase chances of contracting HIV

By Allison Martell and Julie Steenhuysen

Pandemic’s epicentre is shifting to India as deaths eclipse that of Mexico

Experts predict that it will soon pass Brazil and ultimately US as worst outbreak globally

By Ari Altstedter

Worst famine yet stalks millions as pandemic disrupts supply chains

Covid-19 will cause more people to die each day from hunger than from virus infections by year’s end, projections show

By Megan Durisin, Elizabeth Rembert and Tatiana Freitas

Namibia allows international travel as it eases most Covid-19 restrictions

President Hage Geingob warns the country will have to adapt to life with the coronavirus to reduce damage to the ...

By Nyasha Nyaungwa

Malawi to lift Covid-19 international air travel restrictions from ...

All travellers will be required to produce Covid-19 test results taken at least 10 days before arrival

By Tim Cocks

Nigeria heads for recession as coronavirus takes toll

Nigeria's government expects the economy to shrink nearly 9% in 2020

By Felix Onuah

Trump says he saved 51-million jobs in pandemic but economists disagree

White House chief economic adviser says he surmised the figure was all jobs at businesses that received Paycheck ...

By Lawrence Delevingne, Chris Prentice, Michelle Price and Jeff Mason

World Economic Forum delayed in 2021 due to the pandemic

The WEF will hold a series of digital ‘Davos dialogues’ in January and will gather later in the northern hemisphere ...

By Catherine Bosley and Leonard Kehnscherper

Views and Analysis

Work from home reserved for the privileged few in SA

Digital divides ensure that only 11% of households have access to the internet

By Ruth Castel-Branco, Sandiswa Mapukata and Edward Webster
Opinion Editor's Choice

Tourism sector needs to think out the box to find new ways to lure visitors

Industry should be focusing on rewiring itself radically rather than trying to return to the past

By Abdullah Verachia
Opinion Editor's Choice

Why people should not be forced to return to the office

Governments have no say in a decision that is ultimately between employers and employees

By Ferdinando Giugliano
Opinion Editor's Choice

WANDILE SIHLOBO: Joint effort keeps agricultural sector thriving during ...

All stakeholders pitched in to tackle problems such as port backlogs and value-chain disruptions

Opinion Editor's Choice

DUMA GQUBULE: SA is out of money and out of ideas

Almost six months after the start of a lockdown that has triggered SA’s biggest economic contraction, the government ...

Duma Gqubule
Opinion Editor's Choice

CHRIS GILMOUR: Second quarter GDP figures are a wake-up call

There is likely to be some growth in the third quarter, off the extremely low base of the second quarter, but beyond ...

By Chris Gilmour
Opinion Editor's Choice

CAROL PATON: Opening the door, but unable to enter it

We are back at the interminable negotiating table, with business, labour and government seeking another blueprint for ...

Carol Paton
Editor at Large
Opinion Editor's Choice

BUSI MAVUSO: A most welcome change of pace

We do have options to deal with our generating challenges — it is in no way a hopeless situation

By Busi Mavuso

New York business leaders send an SOS to Bill de Blasio at City Hall

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s response to a letter from business leaders leaves the situation dangerously unclear

By Timothy L O’Brien and Nir Kaissar
Opinion Editor's Choice

MARK BARNES: Partners from outside would keep SA Inc afloat

New forms of capital are needed if we are to shed debt and get our currency to gain strength

Mark Barnes
Opinion Editor's Choice

ISAAH MHLANGA: Chronic pre-existing conditions in economy are big part of ...

There is simply no noticeable evidence that countries that opened up their economies faster recorded milder ...

Isaah Mhlanga
Opinion Editor's Choice

One size does not fit all in Africa’s Covid-19 response

Beyond drugs shortages and bottleneck issues, several other factors inhibit access to healthcare, one of which is ...

By Christine Dube

Fast-tracking a vaccine has even some in the medical world spooked

While the extreme anti-vaxxers should be brooked no quarter, the race for a Covid-19 vaccine could do with a few speed ...

By Lionel Laurent
Opinion Editor's Choice

GENEVIEVE QUINTAL: Ters wrongdoers have been suspended, but what about ...

Social Development minister Lindiwe Zulu says she will not suspend the CEO, so who will be held to account?

By Genevieve Quintal
Opinion Editor's Choice

Uncertainty governs Covid-19 projections, so multidisciplinary research is ...

Covid-19 is only eight months old and there are many unknown elements

By Sheetal Silal, Gesine Meyer-Rath, Juliet Pulliam and Harry Moultrie
Opinion Editor's Choice

BUSI MAVUSO: Ramaphosa’s fight against corruption needs support, not rebuke

The fightback by those with vested interests is not surprising, but SA cannot afford to continue shying away from the ...

By Busi Mavuso
Opinion Editor's Choice

ENOCH GODONGWANA: Membership of ANC NEC does not preclude development bank ...

I am an ANC member who has been elected to leadership positions, but I am not an employee of the ANC or any government ...

By Enoch Godongwana

Going back to school in the UK is vital — for kids and the economy

Stressed out parents and politicians are worried about the pandemic, but more worried about long-term problems around ...

By Emily Ashton and David Goodman

KATE THOMPSON DAVY: Cost of broken hearts: the cybercrime that flourishes ...

Sweetheart scams have found new legs — and a huge pool of potential online victims — from lockdown isolation

Opinion Editor's Choice

CAROL PATON: Land is the real life-and-death politics of SA

Access to this resource is at the heart of solving the apartheid legacy, and the ANC and DA should wake up to this fact

Carol Paton
Editor at Large

NEVA MAKGETLA: How to weed out corruption more quickly and efficiently

Public anger and emotional appeals to morality fail to tackle the system of corruption

Neva Makgetla
Opinion Editor's Choice

DUMA GQUBULE: Treasury’s irrational policies will result in three-year GDP ...

The contention that a rise in government spending could negatively affect growth is spurious

Duma Gqubule

TIM HARFORD: A bluffer’s guide to surviving Covid-19

Age, gender, geography and behaviour are risk factors and contracting the disease depends on where you live

Tim Harford
Opinion Editor's Choice

Economy will probably go from bad to worse before ANC engages with IMF

While the governing party aims to attract more capital, the global lender will want policy reforms before it offers a ...

By Shawn Hagedorn
Opinion Editor's Choice

ISAAH MHLANGA: Remove emotions, and things look less promising for SA

Assessments of the country’s trajectory are too kind and nowhere near critical enough

Isaah Mhlanga

Give Competition Commission powers to fine tampering with tenders

Prosecutors and courts are too overburdened to effectively handle cases such as those in the PPE scandal

By Heather Irvine
Opinion Editor's Choice

TONY LEON: Ramaphosa’s Catch 22: sacrifice the ANC to save the country

Decisive action is improbable if not impossible because of the contradictions inherent in the president’s situation

Tony Leon
Opinion Editor's Choice

Does having a woman at a country’s helm help keep Covid-19 deaths lower?

New research shows that on average, countries run by women suffered half as many deaths from Covid-19 as ones governed ...

By Andreas Kluth
Opinion Editor's Choice

MARK BARNES: Our House of Greed based on broad-based poverty

With structures preventing the poor from acquiring wealth, our society will make even the rich vulnerable

Mark Barnes
Opinion Editor's Choice

Insurers leave hospitality sector in the lurch by declining lockdown claims

If they are allowed to reject Covid-19 claims it would appear their policies are just a rough guide to interpret as it ...

By Alex van den Heever

BHEKI NTSHALINTSHALI: Ramaphosa has reopened a stagnant and bleeding ...

Long before Covid-19 the sixth democratic dispensation inherited a stagnant economy with worsening unemployment, ...

By Bheki Ntshalintshali


Rand firmer as investors digest Reserve Bank decision

The rand has been one of the best performing emerging-market currencies over the past three weeks

By Lindiwe Tsobo

JSE heads for fourth day of losses as markets digest US jobs data

Markets are also weighing up the SA Reserve Bank’s decision to keep interest rates unchanged on Thursday

By Odwa Mjo

Gold firms on virus concerns, US jobs data

Spot gold and US gold futures rise as central banks promise to roll out further stimulus

By Eileen Soreng

Oil price eases as US producers restart operations

Brent falls as offshore drillers reopen oil rigs after Hurricane Sally cut US output

By Aaron Sheldrick

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on August 15 2020 that South Africa will be moving to lockdown alert level 2 from Tuesday August 18. Co-operative governance minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma expanded on the new regulations on August 17, announcing many restrictions will be lifted, including bans on alcohol and tobacco sales. Here's all you need to know about what's allowed and what's not during lockdown level 2.

The Covid-19 pandemic is a major threat to physical health, but it has also become a significant challenge for mental health. The pandemic and lockdown have had many negative consequences, including what some therapists call a 'loss of identity' in South Africans. Clinical social worker Carin Marcus shares some insights and ways of dealing with stress and anxiety brought on by the pandemic..

South Africans wasted no time to get their share of booze and smokes as lockdown level 2 started on August 18 2020. But for bottle store owners and employees, the day was an opportunity to get back on their feet, earning an income to put food on their families' table and job security. Here's what the first day back at work was like for a Pretoria bottle store.

A clinical research centre in Cape Town called TASK has begun a vaccine clinical trial on 500 health workers to determine if the Bacille Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccine can prevent people from contracting the coronavirus or limit the severity of Covid-19 symptoms.

Tshwane officials have removed close to 10,000 homeless people in a bid to curb the spread of Covid-19. Homeless people have been placed in shelters throughout the city. They are expected to remain in these shelters until the lockdown ends. Subscribe to MultimediaLIVE here: Comment Moderation Policy:

South Africa's treasury says it will take up a $1bn (about R19bn) loan from the New Development Bank (NDB) - formerly known as the Brics Development Bank - to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.

South Africa's 21-day lockdown initially prohibited any movement between provinces, other than essential services. This presented problems for people wanting to hold or attend burials and funerals across the country. The regulations have since been amended however to allow people a chance to pay their last respects. Here is what you need to know about regulations concerning movement to attend funerals.

The Covid-19 coronavirus, targets human cells with ACE2 receptors, which are found in the respiratory system. The immune response can trigger potentially deadly inflammations and the virus can spread from the lungs to other organs. Here’s a visual representation of how Covid-19 infects and damages the human body.

With many small businesses taking a financial hit during SA's 21-day lockdown, personal trainer Abdullah Bayett, who runs SKR Martial Arts & Fitness Academy in Lenasia, Johannesburg, is trying to see the lockdown as a new challenge. He has been recording a combination of fitness routines and sharing the videos with his members via WhatApp to ensure they stay fit during the lockdown.

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