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How does the formative ANC structure differ from the one we see today ideologically? Does Covid-19 render the political landscape fertile for totalitarianism in South Africa? Is the economic and philosophical illiteracy of news reporters dangerous for society at large? If we lose a generation of black graduates in the formal economy because of lockdown regulation, what does that mean for the future of South Africa's social landscape? WHO should pay the biggest price globally for this pandemic?
Frans Cronje joins us this week and his suggestions about policy vs on the ground policing of Covid-19 will not be served well by the annals of history. Is the dissonance between the ANC and the Western Cape government political, or is it led by fact? How should we read the data around the case fatality rate? Death vs Economy... is it just about "market before life"? Frans Cronje's book "The Rise or Fall of South Africa" is available now on Kindle.
The team is joined by Unathi Kwaza this week. Is the very notion of a lockdown classist, or is it broadly applicable and helpful to all South African citizens? Can the formal sector learn anything from the informal sector about navigating a pandemic-ravaged economic climate? Should all laws be equal in the eyes of the citizenry, and what happens if laws aren't applicable across the board? Are the ANC the main reason for the crushing poverty many South Africans still endure 26 years after democratic liberation?
What is the purpose of a lockdown during Covid-19? Is acting reasonably something which can be encouraged, and if so, which countries have done this? Are South African politicians capable of governing the laws they make? Will the death count be the correct metric to gauge the success of measures taken during the pandemic... we just don't know!
Special guest Russell Lamberti joins us this week and asks whether the lockdown in South Africa failed from day one? Is it immoral to prevent people from working? Can we trust the ANC to administer the R500 billion relief fund without being corrupt? The economy of South Africa is now on its last legs, can it survive the impact of state-imposed stunted economic activity? Is Cyril Ramaphosa being exposed as not fit for office?
The notion that big business is the backbone of an economy might need some re-examining. Surely some sectors of the economy could be opened up? How and why does short-sighted decision making at Eskom cripple small business? Consistency in the messages being communicated by the government is vital for national confidence, how does Cyril's government score on this metric? As we attempt to deal with the economic reverberations of global economic shutdowns, which country is poised to become the new global supply chain and production hub? Is imagination important when you govern, or is it just a policy pen pushers game? Our special guest this week is Khaya Sithole.
The lockdown can sometimes feel like a daunting period, especially if you don't understand why it has to happen... yes to save lives, but are there any other tangible reasons for it? From the revelation of oligarchs who may have South Africa's economy at their beck and call, to ensuring that South Africa's social security is kept in order - our returning champions deliver on some of the hottest speaking points as the coronavirus lockdown continues in South Africa.
The best way to predict the future is to look at the past. Is there any chance of rebellion from the poor in South Africa if they are forced to comply with lockdown laws? What would this violent outbreak look like? We only have 3 ways of dealing with Covid-19, none are great but we must pick one and move forward... apathy is not a choice. Self-isolation might not be the best way to deal with coronavirus. Does China need to worry about a cold war against them from a technological and production standpoint post Covid-19? Will the rest of the world search for new centres of economic supply chains? Everyone seems to think the IMF is the next point of call for South Africa, just how true is this? Cyril Ramaphosa, the country is watching - your move!
Ivo Vegter tells us why he left the Daily Maverick. As we move into Day 1 of #Lockdown2020 in South Africa, where should we be looking for threats of violence to pop up? The sharp end of capitalism will have brutal effects on the economy at macro and micro levels, what lessons can we learn from the Covid-19 period about the state of our economic structures? Globalisation has its pros and its cons - will China be able to recover its place as the production hub of the world post Covid-19?
When you leave the intelligence services, can you just go back to a normal life? Public interest and national interest are always in a delicate relationship, but who manages it? South Africa is filled with racial tension - both now and historically. What happened during apartheid if you loved a person with a different skin colour? Moe Shaik gives us his take on the limitations he faced when he was the head of intelligence. His book, ‘The ANC Spy Bible’, is sure to have tongues in South Africa's power sanctums wagging for some time to come.
The Covid-19 epidemic is now in South Africa and has spread beyond the “Italy 10”. What does this mean for the health structures that already exist in SA, are we prepared to contain it? OPEC and their indecisive nature means Russia and Saudi Arabia are now the kings of the oil world - if only for a while. The tension between the two nations means oil is cheaper, but will this affect your petrol price? What wage should we pay our MPs in South Africa? The Public Protector can’t protect herself right now, the triad she is a part of might be a house of cards.
South Africa is officially in a double dip recession, strap yourself in! Does Cyril have the backbone to prevent 'triple dip’ by making the necessary pragmatic calls immediately? The unions have ‘declared war’ on Tito and government's plans to cut jobs and save R150 billion in the medium term. The sovereign wealth fund sounds nice, but is South Africa in a position to administer such? Will the world pivot from a China-centric production model after coronavirus stalls all production there? Bloomberg is out, Biden is now the front runner.
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