Op-eds

    • DavidShapiro

    This, too, shall pass – or will it?

    Apr 02, 2020 Go comment!
    In nearly 50 years on the stock exchange, the current crisis is the eleventh major downturn in financial markets I’ve had to navigate. Each crisis exhibits different characteristics.
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    • DanielIsrael

    Be prepared to ‘pump the brakes’ on social distancing

    Apr 02, 2020 Go comment!
    I remember receiving two WhatsApp videos eight weeks ago. The first was a video of an horrific animal market in a city I had never encountered in Wuhan, China. The amateur footage of snakes and bats being eaten alive was bantered about, which “justified” the second video of random Chinese citizens dropping dead from a new disease called coronavirus.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    We’re in this together

    Apr 02, 2020 Go comment!
    At the time of writing, we are approaching the end of the first week of lockdown. We can only hope and pray that the radical measures adopted will be successful in safeguarding us from the silent enemy in our midst, but at the same time, we need to be realistic. This is uncharted territory, not just for South Africa, but the entire world. No-one can declare with certainty how this will play out in terms of fighting the disease itself or how our society will cope with the inevitable stresses and strains that this unprecedented crisis has placed on it.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    Naming and shaming

    Apr 02, 2020 Go comment!
    I’m more than a little conflicted about this new and increasingly acceptable phenomenon that allows us to name and shame transgressors of the “lockdown laws” as determined by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa. I know on the one hand, there can be nothing more satisfying than calling in a selfish runner who flagrantly dashes through the streets of Glenhazel as though the Comrades Marathon will still be happening. Which it isn’t.
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    • Geoff

    Lost, again, in the 20s

    Apr 02, 2020 Go comment!
    What does it mean to be a teenager in a time of coronavirus lockdown? You will grow into adulthood with a scar in your understanding of how society works and what’s permissible. But maybe you will also become an adult with an extra advantage.
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    • ChiefRabbi

    Keeping us together

    Mar 26, 2020 Go comment!
    We are living in unprecedented times. The entire world is hunkered down. People aren’t at work, children aren’t at school. Our daily lives have been disrupted in the most profound and unsettling way. There are many people suffering physically and financially, many whose lives and livelihoods are at risk.
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    • dorianne weill

    Pandemic a danger and an opportunity

    Mar 26, 2020 Go comment!
    Life happens. No-one is immune. Most of us have experienced unpredictable challenges or even crises. Sometimes the initial response may be, “It’s not fair, why do bad things happen to good people?” But here’s the truth, Life is fair, because it isn’t fair to everyone. The difference is that this time we’re all in it together! We’re living in an unprecedented time of uncertainty and disruption. The global pandemic of coronavirus doesn’t discriminate.
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    • Bagraim Michael HOME

    Havoc at the workplace as small businesses face closure

    Mar 26, 2020 1 Comment
    Over the past week an unprecedented amount of small businesses have asked me how to retrench, close down, liquidate, even just lock the doors. There’s no need to panic, and there are systems in place which will help individual employers cope with the trauma that the economy is going through.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    Information to help you weather the crisis

    Mar 26, 2020 Go comment!
    We applaud President Cyril Ramaphosa for his decisive action on Monday night in announcing a three-week lockdown to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. The steps outlined in his address are of critical importance to giving our country a realistic prospect of dealing with the extremely serious situation that we, along with the rest of the world, find ourselves in. As a community, we need to be disciplined and responsible at all times in abiding by these measures so that they achieve the required outcomes.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    When did school become parents’ responsibility?

    Mar 26, 2020 1 Comment
    Last Friday marked a week that my daughter, Abby, who is 15, wasn’t at school. COVID-19 has closed her high school, which means that she is ours for the foreseeable future.
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    • DanielleSack

    Prelims and pandemics

    Mar 26, 2020 Go comment!
    Unsurprisingly, the parents of teenagers everywhere have shifted their concern to a different type of corona – the virus. We’ve officially been put on lockdown, and I’ll be honest, social isolation isn’t necessarily difficult for me.
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    • Geoff

    Scourge of the open plan

    Mar 26, 2020 Go comment!
    Architecturally and sociologically, the “open plan” was a “wow” moment in 1980s design. The idea was that creativity would flourish without walls or doors to contain the energy of workers in offices. Office workers could see each other at work; and their space wasn’t private as it had been in previous eras. Even among management, board meetings were held behind glass walls rather than in private so workers could see their directors talking to each other. Similarly, domestically, kitchens spilled into the rest of the living spaces with a mere counter separating them.
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    • ChiefRabbi

    For the good of all

    Mar 19, 2020 Go comment!
    Times like these require us to respond with heroic strength. One of our foundational Torah values is the sanctity of human life – every human life – to the point that, as our sages teach us, whoever saves one life, it’s as if they have saved an entire world.
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    • Steven Gruzd

    Coronavirus wrecks Israeli Apartheid Week amid BDS rebrand

    Mar 19, 2020 Go comment!
    Maybe there is a small silver lining around the Covid-19 cloud.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    Banding together to stay ahead of the curve

    Mar 19, 2020 Go comment!
    The unprecedented events of the past few weeks have turned the world as we know it upside down. To get through these difficult and stressful times, we will all need to be resilient, patient, flexible, and, where necessary, innovative. Above all, we must be united. Coronavirus affects everyone, and to minimise its impact on our country, everyone needs to work together, co-operate, and wherever possible, help one another.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    Be still as the universe resets

    Mar 19, 2020 Go comment!
    Whereas I’m no coronavirus expert, I have been a hypochondriac for some years. I’m also a radio talk-show host, author, and social commentator, which perhaps qualifies me in some way to speak about the social impact of this illness.
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    • Geoff

    How to laugh at what scares us

    Mar 19, 2020 Go comment!
    How long does it take a global catastrophe to turn into humour? In the case of coronavirus, not long. The online world is replete with hilarious songs and vignettes concerning the terrible threat this world faces.
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    • Steven Gruzd

    Is democracy damaging Israel?

    Mar 12, 2020 Go comment!
    Winston Churchill said, “No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.”
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    • ToniStrasberg

    Apartheid’s atrocities should never be forgotten

    Mar 12, 2020 Go comment!
    Toni Strasburg, the daughter of anti-apartheid activists Rusty and Hilda Bernstein, recently wrote a book about their experiences. She tells us why it’s important to keep these anti-apartheid stories alive.
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    • Patricia Schonstein

    Encourage reading by example

    Mar 12, 2020 Go comment!
    My parents read all the time. I remember my father in his armchair and my mother at the dining room table, each absorbed in a book at the end of their working day.
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