South Africa: Help Is On the Way for Business, Stranded Travellers and the Arts


Things changed overnight in South Africa on 15 March, and it won't be the last time it does. Daily Maverick's Daily Digest will provide the essential bits of information about Covid-19 in South Africa and the world each day. Please do read on to understand these issues more deeply.

It's been one week since President Cyril Ramaphosa broke the news to South African residents that they would be under lockdown for 21 days.

Last night, he updated the country on its progress. Adherence to the new regulations hasn't been smooth sailing and uniform, and neither has the behaviour of the SAPS and SANDF. Yes, there has been another death. Indeed, there was a Moody's downgrade. But help is on its way. Greg Nicolson reports on the major highlights from Ramaphosa's address.

Covid-19 in South Africa

Against the backdrop of the Moody's downgrade and the lockdown, President Cyril Ramaphosa has given the finance ministry the go-ahead to pursue structural reforms. This is something Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has been advocating in order to boost investment, economic growth and job creation. As Ed Stoddard points out, it remains to be seen what materialises of this.

Mboweni has also clarified his statement...

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