CR connects jump leads to economy’s tired battery

As South Africa runs out of money to help businesses in trouble and individuals who have lost their jobs amid the economic havoc wreaked by the Covid-19 lockdown, President Cyril Ramaphosa has eased some restrictions. Alcohol sales, and the tourism and hospitality sectors are being given extra help.

But his televised appearance on Wednesday night started with warnings to keep wearing masks, distance socially, download the tracing app – or else there’s a chance the festive season will be cancelled. With rapidly rising Covid-19 cases in the Eastern Cape and Western Cape, many would have breathed a sigh of relief that the government broke from its pattern of erring on the side of anti-social measures to stop the spread of the disease. You can listen to the announcement or scan the highlights, here at

Is it a coincidence that reason is prevailing at the highest echelons of political power in the week that ANC secretary general Ace Magashule – linked to the Zuma faction and not team CR – has had the wind taken out of his sails? A warrant was issued for Magashule’s arrest in connection with corruption earlier this week. He says he will appear in court on Friday.


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