HSS RESPONSE TO PANDEMIC
NIHSS in association with South African Deans' Association (SAHUDA)
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The Impact of COVID-19 and our Collective Responsibility
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unimaginable challenges for our nation and the world. Our country’s response has been decisive, to prevent the spread of the virus and minimize its impact. At the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences, we acknowledge that it cannot be business as usual. Read more...
COVID-19 pandemic offers a chance to address racialised inequality
The late pan-African scholar Thandika Mkandawire made the pointed statement that one of the major problems in postcolonial Africa was the “failure of the political class to establish a productive and organic rapport with their own intelligentsia/intellectuals” and that across the continent, only in Algeria and in apartheid South Africa did such an organic link develop between the two. Read More...
- COVID-19 catapulted itself upon the world with astounding chronodynamic rapidity, putatively from incubation and hatching in Wuhan, a city in the People’s Republic of China that has become the notorious caput mundi of the virus, to a pandemic of spectacular proportion that dominated every medium and form of communication and activity in every conceivable locus on the planet that is occupied by invasive humanity.
- The twin priorities of preserving health and protecting the economy have rightfully taken centre stage in the popular discourse in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, presented as an apparent ichotomy or even a zerosum game.
- Until Wuhan coughed in November 2019, it was a widely held historical commonplace that “When France sneezes, Europe catches a cold”. As I contemplate the devastation of the USpatented ‘Wuhan virus’ from my perilous existence in its Johannesburg epicenter, I deliberately eschew Statistical data on daily COVID-19 infections, deaths and recoveries because that only answers the tumescent question that stealthily occludes the disturbing fact that vaccines and technologies are deleterious to the body of the subaltern.
- Let us start this article with some truth. One does not like or believe in the hegemony of the big three ratings agencies (Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s and Fitch Group), particularly for developing states like South Africa. However, it would be folly to pretend that they do not have an influence over how international investors and markets view our small state.
- No matter the angle of the spotlight, Coronavirus is positioned in the front and centre. Its message is loud and clear, the human race will be used as vehicles to occupy the globe. Corona seeks to thrive and it is impatient and aggressive. It is discriminatory.
For my contribution, I would like to offer some step-by-step instructions of “how to make a Camera Obscura” (pdf) in your own home/room or personal space. This instruction is an excerpt from my doctoral submission ‘MaBareBare, an expression of Khelobedu in the present’ (2019).
- The South African government has faced heavy criticism in the last two decades about its capacity to deal with the country’s challenges and so, with the global emergence of the pandemic known as COVID-19, there were warranted fears about how it would cope in dealing with the outbreak.
- Information has been described as power. This is because information gives the bearer or receiver knowledge to act to improve upon a situation or develop strategies to cope with situations in instances where solutions do not emerge immediately.