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Cozying up to the commies


To while away the lockdown, President Cyril Ramaphosa has been dabbling in long-distance international diplomacy. His most brotherly love was reserved for his fellow communists,

Coronavirus likely much less of a killer than expected


Since the beginning of the Covid-19 outbreak, we’ve been hearing all about the case fatality rate of the disease, which in some countries, including the

The World Health Organisation has grown fat, authoritarian and ineffective


We once lived in a world in which the World Health Organisation (WHO) could brag of great successes, such as the eradication of smallpox. In

Prohibitions don’t work, and should be lifted


In South Africa and around the world, officials of a prohibitionist mindset exploited the Covid-19 emergency regulations to institute bans on their pet peeves, notably

Behind every silver lining is a dark cloud


The world is awash in stories about the silver linings to the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent economic lockdown. The problem with seeing silver linings is

Ramaphosa may be destroying the economy for nothing


Cyril Ramaphosa believes a Chinese-style lockdown to be both effective and necessary. For all his infatuation with the Chinese surveillance state, however, South Africa does

How meekly and fearfully we march into totalitarianism


At the first sign that a novel coronavirus was infecting people around the world, the South African government, taking its lead from China, began to

Taxi industry should be front and centre of SA’s public transit policies


Ever since the 1990s, government has tried in various ways to bring the taxi industry into the formal economy. Many such attempts have led directly

Why mining still matters


This is an excerpt from Ivo Vegter’s report for the IRR which investigates why mining still matters in South Africa notwithstanding the policy issues that