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Ours always to reason why

June 4, 2020

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For many desperately poor people in South Africa there has been a stark choice: defy government regulations and risk becoming infected by Covid-19 or remain in lockdown and die of starvation.

Covid-19: who is responsible?

May 3, 2020

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Where were the rich and powerful — and their funding — as epidemics continued to ravage poorer communities? Now funds to combat epidemics such as TB are suffering as resources are poured into Covid-19.

Hiding behind a Covid-19 scapegoat

May 1, 2020

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Governments around the world were informed years ago of the danger of a pandemic of the kind we are now experiencing. The warnings came from the World Health Organisation and from a high level scientific panel the WHO established, but governments thought protective measures too expensive.

‘Worst crisis’ is poverty, not Covid-19

April 19, 2020

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The "worst crisis since World War 2" is not the latest Corona virus. It is poverty and the attendant hunger and ill health in often crowded and squalid living conditions. These are the breeding grounds of diseases and epidemics that are all too often ignored by governments that serve the interests of the corporate world over the wellbeing of people. United action — solidarity — by the majority of citizens can — and should — change this appalling state of affairs.

A post Covid-19 future worth striving for

April 17, 2020

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Poverty is the biggest danger facing not just South Africa, but the world today. So it is perfectly understandable that poor people, oprdered to stay at home and socially distance, may see this as an invitation to starve, perhaps to death.

Post C-19: let’s not settle for normal

April 6, 2020

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Covid-19 and the response of authorities in proclaimed democratic states around the world has clearly illustrated that while all citizens are notionally equal, some are more equal than most others — while a tiny minority are very much more equal than the rest. While the media often concentrates on the fact that the likes of […]

Post Covid-19: why we don’t need ‘normal’

April 4, 2020

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There seems to be a consensus that the world will not be the same again in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, But while business and the elites plan for a possible return to business as usual, this appears to be te last thing we need since the 'normal' we had was precisely the problem.