London is an alpha city – home to 100 billionaires. But does wealth bring social costs?
South Africa's management of the COVID-19 pandemic must now shift from a centrally regulated approach to one that enables participation and compliance by communities, workers and businesses.
Low-income and minority groups are often reliant on cheaper modes of transport, but many find cycling to work problematic.
Without genuine global leadership the ability of economies to "build back better" after the disaster caused by COVID-19 will unfairly favour wealthier populations and nations.
Despite hardships, youth are rallying to build a new vision for the planet. The rest of us should join them.
The coronavirus feeds off of social and environmental injustice, exacerbating the wounds, scars and illnesses that existed prior to the pandemic. That's why returning to 'normal' is not an option.
Ramaphosa's call for a new social compact will fall on deaf ears unless there are some fundamental changes to the way in which the pandemic is being managed.
Reliable data on charitable giving is hard to come by. But based on the information available, very rich people are at least as generous as everyone else.
School closures under coronavirus have raised significant risks for vulnerable students who face maltreatment and exposure to violence. Here are five priorities to address when reopening schools.
Significant numbers of key workers barely make the minimum wage.
A wealth tax on the top 1% of South Africans could raise R143 billion. This corresponds to 29% of the R500 billion COVID-19 package announced by the government.
The pandemic magnifies existing imbalances in wealth, access to health care and workplace rights.
The bestselling novel turned film exposes paradoxes of fixing a broken system with its own tools. As we collectively meditate on the world's problems, why not imagine better worlds?
Understanding the reasons behind urban patterns of coronavirus can help improve urban resilience and sustainability.
When restricting the movement of their citizens to slow down the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, low income countries should tailor measures to local socio-economic circumstances.
Then – as now – the wealthy fled to the countryside, while the urban poor were forced to work on the front lines.
Unlike in wealthy nations, lockdowns are simply impossible in overcrowded conditions with no sanitation and high levels of poverty.
The government should consider whether some of its policies will make inequalities worse.
It is not all democracies that struggle to deal with the coronavirus; it is those in which the people do not feel the system works for them.
For most of the past five decades, income inequality has been higher in rural counties than in urban areas. Now, urban areas are catching up.