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Bold Action Required in South Africa in the face of COVID-19 Economic Fallout

The COVID-19 pandemic has delivered a massive blow to the global economy and will plunge South Africa’s economy deeper into recession. Every South African citizen must do their part in physical distancing, but we must also take bold, decisive action to mitigate the social and economic effects of the pandemic; social solidarity must guide us.

The COVID-19 pandemic has delivered a massive blow to the global economy and will plunge South Africa’s economy deeper into recession. A set of economic interventions must be introduced to complement the public health measures announced by the government In this context, the economic interventions proposed here can buffer against the immediate economic fallout, while deepening social solidarity and laying the basis for a more equitable and sustainable economy.