The Heat: South Africa’s Challenges

The Heat

As South Africa battles COVID-19, it is also dealing with a series of challenges on several fronts including the economy and jobs. 

The country has been hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic. There are about 1.5 million reported cases and more than 48,000 people have died.

But there is some good news. On Wednesday, President Cyril Ramaphosa was among the first South Africans to receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccination as the country launched its vaccination program.  The plan now is to vaccinate 40 million people- two thirds of the population. 

To discuss:

  • Nhlanhla Sehume is a journalist and TV News Anchor.
  • Gideon Chitanga is a political economist at Political Economy Southern Africa.
  • Lawson Naidoo is Executive Secretary of the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC).
  • Vuyolwethu Zungula is President of the African Transformation Movement.

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