An unemployed man in Diepsloot, Johannesburg, collects trash for resale before South Africa went into a Covid-19 lockdown.
The clock is ticking: in the absence of government support, not being able to work means waste reclaimers don't have money to buy food.
Millions of poor South Africans rely on social grants, including the child support grant, just to survive.
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To support precarious households that can't access existing relief during lockdown and its aftermath, the government should implement a temporary increase in the value of the child support grant.
South African President Cyril Rampahosa, centre, ordered a 21-day lockdown.
The notion that there is a binary choice between the economy and the medically optimal strategy is wrong.
Italian Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, taking part at a video conference in extraordinary virtual G20 Leaders’ Summit at the Chigi Palace in Rome.
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Already, we have seen a range of responses globally - from countries that apparently reacted too late, to those who acted relatively early.
A taxi rank marshal sprays hand sanitiser on a commuter wearing a mask as a preventive measure as she arrives at the Wanderers taxi rank in Johannesburg.
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Reactions in South Africa give little reason for hope that the virus will bring people closer together or trigger more energetic action against poverty.
Johannesburg Metropolitan Police raid a building highjacked by a criminal syndicate.
President Ramaphosa's emphasis on fighting crime is well placed. Most categories of violent crimes have risen dramatically over the past eight years.
South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa delivers his state of the nation address.
President Ramaphosa's state of the nation speech showed his preference for less contentious matters that attract praise, rather than catalytic decisions.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has to inspire confidence amid growing scepticism.
The challenge to deliver a persuasive speech comes firstly in the context of intense doubts as to whether President Ramaphosa is truly in charge of the ANC.
President Cyril Ramaphosa’s efforts to fix South Africa are being undermined from within his own party, the ANC.
Ramaphosa’s detractors are unlikely to succeed in their rumoured bid. And, their failure will not be because they’ve suddenly become weak within the administration.
Most proposed solutions don’t address the systemic problems facing Eskom, in particular its parlous finances.
The deluge of opinions and proposed solutions to South Africa's energy crisis reflects corporate and political interests.
South African police minister Bheki Cele (left) claims success in the investigation of political killings in KwaZulu-Natal. With him is the head of the police, Khehla Sithole.
The task team established to investigate political killings in KwaZulu-Natal has had little impact on exposing those behind the violence.
President Cyril Ramaphosa’s speech failed to inspire confidence.
The year ahead promises to be a very difficult but also a very decisive year for South Africa. Is President Ramaphosa equal to the challenge?
Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South Africa and the governing African National Congress.
The most that may be hoped for from the party's annual statement is evidence of a president who is confident, clear and courageous.
Distress is normally identified when a company is no longer profitable, when it's not a going concern anymore, when it has major problems.
A main street of a poor neighbourhood in Cape Town during recent power cuts.
It's not clear whether South Africa's president can coordinate his ministers in a way that provides clarity about dealing with the country's energy crisis.
South African Finance Minister Tito Mboweni delivers the mid-term budget statement at parliament, Cape Town, South Africa, 24 October 2018.
President Cyril Ramaphosa and his Finance Minister Tito Mboweni appear to have good intentions for the economy. But that's not enough.
South African president Cyril Ramaphosa (L) is congratulated by Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane after being elected president.
South Africa's parliamentary system would make it difficult to achieve a fusion of parties.
President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria (left) arriving at Waterkloof Airforce Base Airport in Pretoria. He is welcomed by Minister Naledi Pandor.
South Africa and Nigeria have had a turbulent relationship dating back to the early 1990s.
One of the immediate outcomes of talks between Muhammadu Buhari (left) and Cyril Ramaphosa was the easing of tensions.
Although Nigeria and South Africa are often cast as rivals they have a strong bilateral relationship
South African civil society and private citizens march in protest against xenophobic violence in Johannesburg.
Xenophobia negates the spirit of pan-Africanism, especially its ideal that Africans share a mutual bond, regardless of their geographical location.