Published 23 April 2020 By Dr Iqbal Survé

Dr Iqbal Survé is a member of the board of Sekunjalo Philanthropies, and the chairperson of Sekunjalo Investment Holdings.

CAPE TOWN – The contrast between those that have and those that do not, was apparent even before the institution of the lockdowns – all over the world. Here in South Africa, already judged the most unequal society in the world, that divide has been well and truly deepened.

Yet, it is not all doom and gloom.

In my own reflective moments, I cannot help but be drawn to the natural system of order and nature’s intrinsic symbiotic relationships.

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Published 04 April 2020, by Sizwe Dlamini

The lockdown has exacerbated the sluggish economy and has led to a number of media houses experiencing a negative impact on both their advertising and circulation revenue. Photo: ANA Archives

CAPE TOWN – Independent Media and African News Agency (ANA) on Saturday jointly denounced the petty attempts by competing media houses and their journalists, to use the companies’ sustainability measures and actions, to perpetuate their ongoing smear and propaganda campaign against the chairperson Dr Iqbal Survé and his related businesses.

“The media are therefore respectfully requested to refrain from insidious remarks and questioning. They will simply not be entertained, and no response will be given. Genuine questions in the interest of news, we will happily answer,” the entities said in a joint statement.

“Our deeply considered and proactive measures to protect our people should, therefore, be welcomed, and not used to score cheap points for a repeated attack on either company or their chairperson.

“Sekunjalo Investment Holdings has independently supported the operations of both companies and will continue its efforts to safeguard a free and transformed press in South Africa throughout this process and these challenging times. Dr Survé and the entire Sekunjalo Group, are highly appreciative of the efforts the executives at Independent and ANA have done to secure staff and the Group stands united behind us,” reads the statement.

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Published 02 April 2020, by Dr Iqbal Survé

The survival of the fittest in these times will be marked by those individuals and businesses who will adapt to a different world - after Covid-19. Picture: Bongani Mbatha /African News Agency (ANA)

The survival of the fittest in these times will be marked by those individuals and businesses who will adapt to a different world – after Covid-19. This is the last of a three-part series by Dr Iqbal Survé reflecting on the pandemic sweeping the globe.

Will we?

Like many of you, I’m sure, I have pondered what life will be like once we can all go outside and enjoy the conviviality of friends and family again.

Will we spontaneously hug one another at first sight, or be afraid and remain slightly apart? Will we lose our human touch? Will our businesses and economies be fit enough for purpose?

Has our purpose changed? How will the economic world evolve to take account of the new paradigm?

There is no simple answer, and no one has a crystal ball – we can make only educated guesses. I would hazard a guess though, that the conjectures would be modelled on by now, more or less, defunct systems.

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Published 01 April 2020, By Dr Iqbal Survé

A shopper's hands are sanitised before enters an Atteridgeville shopping centre. For Africa to survive Covid-19, much will depend on its state of preparedness along with a profound behavioural change, says Dr Iqbal Survé.
Picture: Oupa Mokoena/African News Agency (ANA)

For Africa to survive Covid-19, much will depend on its state of preparedness along with a profound behavioural change, says Dr Iqbal Survé in the second article of a 3-part series

“Be prepared,” the motto of the Scouts movement since 1907, speaks to being in readiness for anything that might happen.In scenario planning for crises, we also try to anticipate what the worst and best case would be for a given issue and prepare accordingly. I doubt many of us anticipated this moment, but that said, Africa is in a position to learn from international best practices so that to its best ability, it can “be prepared”.

It needs to be. Africa is recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as being particularly vulnerable to the impact of Covid-19. Tedros Ghebreyesus, director-general of the WHO, recently stated that Africa should “prepare for the worst and prepare today”.

The continent comprises roughly 1.35 billion people across 54 separate countries. The majority of South Africans and those living on the continent also reside in high-density areas with limited access to running water and electricity, and de facto, health care.

This makes containing the spread of Covid-19 especially difficult. Add to this the fact that there is a high prevalence of people with compromised immune systems who would be most vulnerable, and our need as a country and as a continent to be prepared is imperative.

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