The bans on cigarette and alcohol sales have dramatically boosted the fortunes of criminal syndicates and even seen gangs expanding their activities into these markets as their regular criminal activities have been disrupted by the lockdown.
By Busi Mavuso
On Friday, the curtain finally starts to lift on what must rank as the most difficult period for a South African economy that has been through the worst over the past decade.
By Tebele Luthuli
The closure of taverns and shebeens due to lockdown, while necessary, has unfortunately meant significant loss of income for a lot of people across South Africa, particularly in poorer areas.
By Busi Mavuso
The phased easing of the lockdown is a welcome step for government to take in managing the covid-19 crisis.
Business has been at the coalface of the damage caused by the lockdown and is most anxious to get back to work.
We needed decisive intervention from government in the face of an economy that is set to reel from the effects of covid-19. It was delivered.
Trade and industry minister Ebrahim Patel briefs business on government’s risk-adjusted strategy in reopening the economy.
There’s a lot riding on the solutions that the cabinet proposes to recast the economy for much-needed growth.
SAA is a symbol of government’s mismanagement of the economy. The airline is now terminal. The Covid-19 crisis has put the lid on the coffin, but there were no alternatives even before the crisis.
The reasons for the ban on cigarette sales, though, remain unclear and should be open for discussion and review.
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