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South Africa's government-imposed COVID-19 lockdown was supposedly instituted to buy the government time to manage the spread of the virus, and to allow the public healthcare sector to prepare its own facilities adequately for an increase in COVID-19 cases. But even with massive public goodwill, and a solid chunk of time to prepare, it has become clear that the government has not managed to do this.
We have been told countless times, including during President Cyril Ramaphosa's 12 July speech, that South Africa will have a National Health Insurance (NHI), and that this will be aimed at catering for the healthcare needs of the nation. That it will be run efficiently and will not increase healthcare costs. Yet, with the COVID-19 pandemic, the government was afforded the opportunity, and extra time, to tackle a looming crisis. Based on what we now know it is clear that the government was, and is, not up to the task.
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Publish date: 15 July 2020
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