Mukoni Ratshitanga
5 minute read
15 May 2020
7:00 am

SA needs a recovery plan that benefits all

Mukoni Ratshitanga

It’s a matter of political will, starting with the will to cast the spell of the cult of the celebrity out of our politics.

Road rollers building a new asphalt road.

Several estimates place job losses due to the Covid-19 outbreak at three million in the immediate term and a further five million between now and whenever the economy begins to recover. The general socioeconomic and political implications of this grim reality are all too obvious. What is as yet to be perceptible is the extent of its specific repercussions. Equally uncertain is whether the broad leadership of South African society – in politics, the economy, labour, religion, academia, the arts and others – are at one in appreciating the state of the nation and the world so as to recognise...