Post-Covid Politics

ANTHONY BUTLER:Don’t bet on too radical change after Covid-19 Business Day 21 MAY 2020 Health workers fill out documents before performing tests for Covid-19 at the screening and testing tents set up at the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital in Johannesburg. Picture: MICHELE SPATARI / AFP     Politically speaking, what comes next? Credible analysis of “post-Covid …

It’s the economy, stupid

ANTHONY BUTLER: Replace Year Zero fantasies with healthy pragmatism Instead of imagining a brand new economy, the government should allow more businesses to operate to avert a total destruction Business Day PREMIUM 07 MAY 2020 -  ANTHONY BUTLER Picture: ALON SKUY​     The Covid-19 crisis is stress testing all of our political leaders. Ministers …

The third dimension of Covid-19 uncertainty

ANTHONY BUTLER: Besides health and economics, the lockdown has a third dimension Effects on human culture and behaviour of the pandemic and restrictions have largely been ignored Business Day 23 APRIL 2020 Picture: THE TIMES/ESA ALEXANDER     Government’s proposed easing of Covid-19 restrictions will have to balance health risks with economic effects. But the …

Coronavirus and HIV

ANTHONY BUTLER: What HIV has taught SA about managing pandemics We still have an intervention window and each national department needs to prepare a plan BL PREMIUM 12 MARCH 2020 ANTHONY BUTLER The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the Covid-19 outbreak a global pandemic. Harvard epidemiologist Marc Lipsitch argues that “within the coming year …

Three elephants

Out of the swamp of ANC policies come three bull elephants Gwede Mantashe, Pravin Gordhan and Tito Mboweni have the stuff that allows them to break free of ANC constraints BL PREMIUM 27 FEBRUARY 2020 -- ANTHONY BUTLER Readers of the Book of Revelation have long prophesied that credit ratings agency Moody’s post-budget day of …