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Lives and lucre: where the real vulnerability lies

I wrote a column many years ago about growing up with the distinct impression that there was something unpleasant about money.

The ancient quest for intoxication

‘Everybody Must Get Stoned.’ So wrote the 2016 Nobel Prize Laureate for Literature, Mr Robert Zimmerman (professional name: Bob Dylan). It would...

Monetary policy: Where to from here?

The South African repo rate now sits at 3.75%, lower than it has been in the past 20 years at least. The...

The ANC’s long lockdown

President Cyril Ramaphosa told the nation early in the lockdown: ‘We are resolved not to merely return our economy to where it...
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TDF Show – Triumph for Rakgase, the judiciary holding the government accountable, and the latest from the EFF

https://iono.fm/e/868039 Nicholas Lorimer chats to Sara Gon and Terence Corrigan about the David Rakgase case, the role of the courts in holding...

Will we really live in a different world?

‘Our country and the world we live in,’ President Cyril Ramaphosa assured South Africans a month ago, ‘will never be the same.’

Saying lockdown ‘worked’ risks guaranteeing its return

The President’s most consistently repeated claim is that the lockdown “delayed the spread” of Covid-19 as intended. No evidence has been produced...

This Week in History recalls memorable and decisive events and personalities of the past. May 23rd 1430 – Joan of...

Lockdown failures and distorted fears

The ANC government and many other commentators have stoked enormous fears about Covid-19, while a recent model – developed by the Covid-19...
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TDF Show – Cuban doctors, churches are open, and sabre rattling in Asia

https://iono.fm/e/866811 Nicholas Lorimer gets analysis from Hermann Pretorius and Marius Roodt on the reopening of the churches, the fast-tracking of Cuban doctors...

Food for the Desperate: Court saves the day from Official Overreach

Many of South Africa’s lockdown measures have been a combination of the bizarre and the misguided, albeit with evident reasons. Then there...

Dark clouds over lockdown relaxation

Much of the country heaved a sigh of relief at the news that lockdown restrictions would be significantly eased from 1 June,...

Covid-19 and the lockdown show scrutiny and reflection more important than ever

Nicholas Lorimer and Terence Corrigan With President Cyril Ramaphosa’s address on Sunday evening, the lockdown of the economy was...
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TDF Show – Interest rates, Glenda Gray, and the continued tobacco ban

https://iono.fm/e/865536 Nicholas Lorimer chats to Gabriel Crouse and Sara Gon about the interest rates cut, the silencing of Professor Glenda Gray, and...
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Two Crickets – Covid modelling and Biden the favourite for November?

https://iono.fm/e/864816 Nick and Gabriel talk about some of the problems with modelling Covid and resistance of some modellers to including human behavior...

Will lockdown regulations go the way of their apartheid lookalikes?

One of the things that destroyed apartheid was that more and more people stopped obeying its regulations and prohibitions. The same seems...

Right of Reply: Humility, and less certainty about being right, critical to reaching common understanding of Covid-19 epidemic

Max Price I write this in response to Gabriel Crouse’s Much Worse than you Think, published by the Daily...

Would you trust this government?

Last week I decided to put up a poll on Twitter. Now I am not claiming that there was anything scientific about...

The people must lead the battle to save lives and livelihoods

Few things are more important right now than figuring out (using actual figures) whether lockdown works. As our lockdown strains the fabric...

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