COVID-19: Illicit trade still rearing its ugly head


POSTED ON: May 4, 2020 IN , by Admin

By Tebele Luthuli

As people, governments, businesses and civil societies across the globe grapple with the coronavirus pandemic and lockdowns, criminal syndicates are taking advantage.

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Prohibitions: unintended consequences


POSTED ON: April 30, 2020 IN , , by Admin

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.

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The easing of the lockdown


POSTED ON: IN , , , by Admin

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.

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Alcohol ban during lockdown


POSTED ON: April 28, 2020 IN , , by Admin

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.

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Let’s have a clear road map of how businesses will operate on level 4 lockdown


POSTED ON: IN , , by Admin

By Busi Mavuso

Business has been at the coalface of the damage caused by the lockdown and is most anxious to get back to work.

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We are in last chance saloon


POSTED ON: April 23, 2020 IN , by Admin

By Busi Mavuso

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.

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Health-friendly economic recovery plan is urgently needed


POSTED ON: April 21, 2020 IN , , , by Admin

By Busi Mavuso

There’s a lot riding on the solutions that the cabinet proposes to recast the economy for much-needed growth.

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Review ban on cigarette sales during lockdown


POSTED ON: April 17, 2020 IN , by Admin

By Tebele Luthuli

The reasons for the ban on cigarette sales, though, remain unclear and should be open for discussion and review.

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The economic war on the covid-19 pandemic


POSTED ON: April 16, 2020 IN , , by Admin

By Busi Mavuso

National Treasury and the Reserve Bank are stepping up to the plate with responses to the Covid-19 pandemic – despite having very little wiggle room given our fiscal constraints.

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BUSI MAVUSO: Lockdown extension was always on the cards, but a further one is frightening


POSTED ON: April 14, 2020 IN , , by Admin

By Busi Mavuso

The two-week extension of the lockdown is like taking a punch to the gut, but we need to consider the ramifications. Economists are penciling a deeper GDP contraction this year of -9.7%.

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