South Africa: It's Time to Prepare for the Brand New World Beyond

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Friday 27 March 2020 will be inscribed in the memory of generations to come. It's the day President Cyril Ramaphosa shut down the country to save it from itself. It had never been done before, but then again, as he noted, this country hasn't faced a public health threat of the nature of COVID-19 in the last 100 years. The decision didn't just disrupt all our lives for the next three weeks, it has fundamentally and irrevocably changed the way we will live afterwards. Just how, we don't really know yet.

Here at Henley Business School Africa, we were able to prepare - because thanks to our international network of faculty, students and alumni chapters we had been monitoring the transmission patterns from China to the rest of the world and especially Italy by February. We immediately began implementing what we knew; adopting international best practise and evolving our own: social distancing, sanitising campus, educating staff and students and - critically - starting the pivot to virtual education across all our programmes from our unique accredited ladder of learning up to our flagship MBA.

We had already made the transition when the president announced the first restrictions on movement and...

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