Letter to President Ramaphosa on the proposed covid-19 waiver, by South Africa and India at the world trade organisation

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

COVID-19 Propels the New Digital Era in SA Higher Education Institutions

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

South Africa Supports Sharing Anti-COVID-19 Health Products and Technology Access Pool

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