12 October 2020. Dear Honourable President Ramaphosa, South Africa, along with India, has adopted a ground-breaking position at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) with the tabling of the proposal for a “Waiver from certain provisions of the TRIPS Agreement for the prevention, containment and treatment of COVID-19”. The proposal will be on the agenda of
The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc with the daily lives of autistic people. Regulations to flatten the curve in South Africa have caused drastic changes in the routines of autistic people because of the closure of early education centres (ECDs), schools and adult learning centres as well as the workplaces of their parents and caregivers.
There is a significant number of women participating in all spheres of economic activity, while also caring for their families and elderly parents, furthering their own academic studies and maintaining social and spiritual balance. Mothers are spending more time in the labour force than in the past but also more time dealing with child care.
The COVID-19 pandemic wave that spread like wildfire was similar to a personal wave of anxiety with tension heightened by media images and reports of increasing daily infections and deaths, leading to a desire to keep one’s family safe. There was a sense of panic at home, with people physically distant and locked-up… in a
The global pandemic COVID-19 has created major disruption across the world. Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) have been affected significantly, with students and staff vacating campuses as lockdowns approached. With this came the drastic decision at UKZN – a face-to-face higher education institution – to move to online teaching. As a result of the sudden onset
On May 14, President Cyril Ramaphosa joined 139 other heads of state, former heads of state, and other prominent public figures in a letter announcing support for The People’s Vaccine (https://www.unaids.org/en/resources/presscentre/featurestories/2020/may/20200514_covid19-vaccine-open-letter). The letter stated that: ‘Governments and international partners must unite around a global guarantee which ensures that, when a safe and effective vaccine is
The trajectory of the COVID-19 pandemic in South Africa has not followed the expected path predicted by experts such as the World Health Organisation (WHO). It was thought that our population would be decimated on a scale never seen before, health systems would collapse completely, and the mortality rate would rival that of those in
The following letter, which was drafted by UKZN academics and signed by some 82 academics and researchers nationally, was sent to the President in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. AN APPEAL TO PRESIDENT CYRIL RAMAPHOSA BY ACADEMICS, RESEARCHERS AND TEACHERS TO EXPEDITE THE AMENDMENTS TO THE PATENTS ACT 57 OF 1978, IN LINE WITH
KwaZulu-Natal is currently in the implementation phase of the airport city development masterplan for the Durban Aerotropolis but bedeviled by the coronavirus disease which is causing disruption, uncertainty and fear in almost every aspect of life as we know it. The aerotropolis is an urban development feature concentrated around an airport with the ultimate goal
In times of crisis, who are you going to trust to lead you into a more positive and stable future? Historical evidence suggests that women have proved themselves to be better leaders than their male counterparts during crises, names like Simira Bandaranaike, Isabel Martinez de Peron and Indira Gandhi come to mind. In the latest