Government Opinion Pieces

6 Jul 2020

Dear Fellow South African,

For those fortunate enough to have an elderly parent or grandparent still alive, not being able to spend time with them has been one of the most difficult parts...

29 Jun 2020

Dear Fellow South African, The number of deaths from coronavirus recently passed the 2,000 mark. Among those who have lost their lives are health care workers, consummate professionals who cared...

22 Jun 2020

By Hlengiwe MkhizeIn September 2019, President Cyril Ramaphosa led a high level multi-party debate in Parliament, the outcome of which was an adoption of the Emergency Response Action Plan (ERAP...

22 Jun 2020

By Zweli Mkhize 

I tuck my feet back into the consolation of my blankets — they’ve turned stiff in the chill that has cocooned my bedroom.

A glance towards a slightly frosted window...

22 Jun 2020

Dear Fellow South African, More than 100 days after the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in South Africa and after two months of a nation-wide lockdown, our economy is in the throes of the...

15 Jun 2020

Dear Fellow South African, The words of Frantz Fanon that ‘each generation must discover its mission’ come to mind every time I have an opportunity to speak with young South Africans. No matter...

8 Jun 2020

Dear Fellow South African, Most people will have noticed that the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in South Africa has been rising fast. More than a half of all cases since the start of...

3 Jun 2020

By Jackson Mthembu

Yesterday, South Africa moved to level 3 of the National Coronavirus Alert System. This marked an important new phase in our country’s response to the coronavirus. Since...

1 Jun 2020

Dear Fellow South African, Today is the International Day for Protection of Children, which is commemorated around the world to draw attention to children’s rights and welfare. Fittingly, it is...

25 May 2020

Dear Fellow South African, Today marks 57 years since the leaders of 32 independent African nations met in Addis Ababa to establish the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), the precursor to the...

20 May 2020

By Khusela Diko

Although few things are certain during these unprecedented times, there is a relative consensus among experts about two things: first, that the national lockdown was a...

18 May 2020

Dear Fellow South African, We often take our healthy and robust democracy for granted. Yet it is probably our greatest asset in our momentous struggle to overcome the coronavirus pandemic. We have...

13 May 2020

By Jackson Mthembu

Much has been written and spoken about decisions to lockdown parts of society throughout the world because of Covid-19. Much of the debate has been driven by those who...

11 May 2020

Dear Fellow South African, Dear Fellow South African, Since the beginning of May, when we began the gradual easing of the nation-wide coronavirus lockdown, many people have started returning to...

4 May 2020

Dear Fellow South African, The entire world is in the unrelenting grip of the coronavirus pandemic, whose spread has been rapid. A vaccine has yet to be found. Across the world, over 3.4 million...

27 Apr 2020

Dear Fellow South African, Twenty-six years ago, a new nation was born in Africa. On the 27th of April 1994 this country’s men, women and children emerged from the dark vale of oppression to stand...

20 Apr 2020

Dear Fellow South African, Many countries around the world have imposed coronavirus lockdowns with a view to saving the lives of their citizens. We have done the same in our country, but our...

13 Apr 2020

Dear Fellow South African, Since we declared the nation-wide lockdown, we have found that the majority of South Africans have responded with patience and understanding despite the considerable...

6 Apr 2020

Dear Fellow South African,

One thing we have learnt about the coronavirus over the last three months is that it does not respect borders. It has spread across Asia, Europe, North, Central...

30 Mar 2020

Dear Fellow South African, As we begin the first full week of the nation-wide lockdown to combat the coronavirus pandemic that is devastating the world, we are grateful for good news that brings...

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