South Africa

How COVID is affecting school attendance in South Africa: piecing together the puzzle

Estimating how many learners have dropped out of school as a consequence of the COVID pandemic is an issue governments across the globe are trying to pin down. The subject has been open to intense debate in South Africa and often receives additional attention when the results for the final year of schooling are due for release. As a...

By Debra Lynne Shepherd & Nompumelelo Mohohlwane 7 days ago

Social media spurs youth vaccine reluctance

Many young people between the ages of 18 and 35 are sceptical of the Covid-19 jab because of stories circulating online about negative side effects and mixed messages from officials.

By Bonile Bam about 1 month ago

Children and screens – making it through the holidays

It comes as no surprise that children are spending more time watching screens as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Parents and caregivers in many parts of the world – including South Africa, where I have done research on children’s healthy behaviours – have had a hard time managing their children’s screen time in these last two ye...

By Catherine Draper about 2 months ago

South Africa faces a slowly worsening chronic fiscal crisis

South Africa’s National Treasury has done an excellent job in the 2021 medium term budget policy statement of balancing the fiscal and political pressures forced on it by economic stagnation and the incoherence of government policy. Capital markets cheered for two reasons. First the revenue numbers were substantially better than those ...

By Michael Sachs 2 months ago

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