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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: Daily Maverick by Richard Poplak.]

South Africans will on Thursday at midnight enter the witching hour locked in their homes for a period of at least 21 days. But ‘home’ in one of the world’s most unequal societies is a mutable term — some will sequester themselves in palaces, others in shacks. These inequities — long nurtured and time-tested — are the conditions in which any virus thrives. Can we beat Covid-19 when we haven’t figured out how to live without a plague?

“The Great Question before us is: Are we doomed? The Great Question before us is: Will the Past release us? The Great Question before us is: Can we Change? In Time? And we all desire that Change will come.” ― Tony Kushner, Angels in America

South Africa has much to teach policymakers on the subject of a disease which is not in the mood to negotiate. I’m of course speaking about the HIV/Aids epidemic during Thabo Mbeki’s presidency. It’s not a particularly happy story, and it doesn’t end well — in fact, it doesn’t end at all.

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South Africa at a Glance
58 780 000 (mid 2019 estimate)
4.6% y/y in February 2020 (CPI) & +4.5 y/y in February 2020 (PPI)
-1.4% q/q (4th quarter of 2019)
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