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Govt Covid-19 economic response inadequate, punitive

Access to sufficient food and relief from economic hardship are fundamental rights entrenched in the South African Constitution alongside the right to access healthcare services. And yet, notes the Budget Justice Coalition (BJC), the economic measures put in place by the government so far are punitive to the poor and working class in South Africa, Read more >

Corruption means no fresh water, no explanation

Guest Contributor I have decided to quarantine in Elandskraal Village in Limpopo and unfortunately, it has become my first encounter with inhumane and corrupt leadership. As I am sending this e-mail, the residents have not had water for over two weeks, and there is no transparency or communication from the local municipality to explain the Read more >

Food parcel distribution falls prey to corruption

Guest contributors Since establishing the Lockdown Life blog several weeks ago, Corruption Watch has received many personal experiences from readers in the national lockdown. We’ve heard everything from heart-warming lockdown survival hacks, and stories of small business owners and employees alike who worry about the future of their companies, to general observations of compliance with Read more >

Living under lockdown: 2020 AC (After Corona)

Guest contributor The thought of working from home thrilled me to no end; I have always ascertained that half the things we drive to work for, half the meetings we sit in, can be resolved by an e-mail at best. Truth be told, though South Africa as a country and its work culture is not Read more >

Corruption prisoners may be among those freed

As the Covid-19 pandemic intensifies, a number of countries have begun to free prisoners who qualify for release under the specific conditions laid down, which vary from nation to nation. In general, inmates whose crimes are considered to be non-violent have been released, as well as those who are nearing the end of their sentence. Read more >

Governance lessons from responses to Covid-19

By David Lewis First published on Maverick Citizen The formulation and implementation of economic policy are too important to be left to state officials and market participants alone. It requires the intelligence and knowledge of the citizens. The most effective source of the intelligence that should guide economic and social policy-making are community activists and Read more >

Keep fit and eat healthy during the lockdown

Lucky Mkosana I hope everyone is staying safe with loved ones during this tough time. As much as the virus has affected our livelihoods, I’m using man this time to get better and improve on my weaknesses on and off the field. It’s definitely a setback, but also the perfect time for a comeback and Read more >

Community realities during the lockdown

Guest contributors These are some of the experiences shared with us: lan Tebogo Mashale My lockdown life was more characterised by my community members needing help from their different organisations/companies. Just before the start of the 21-day lockdown, the general manager of our mine in Phalaborwa, Limpopo, announced that fixed-term employees would not be required Read more >

Food distribution turns dangerous

Guest contributor I’d like to share with you our experience yesterday when trying to distribute food hampers to residents of Alexandra township (north-east of Johannesburg). In total 3 000 food parcels and bread were distributed. Distribution took place from the offices of the Marlboro/Sandton drivers licence testing centre (DLTC). Due to regulations only 50 people Read more >