At the onset of the Corona Virus Pandemic in South Africa when President Cyril Ramaphosa declared a state of disaster in March 2020, Voice of Wits launched an hour long daily talk show, The Covid Report, which focusses on the impact the virus has on various sectors of society. Some of the topics covered include; stories of recovery from people who have been infected with Covid-19, how people living in informal settlement are dealing with the pandemic, the impact of the virus on schooling focusing on home schooling on one show, How students are coping with studying and if the academic year can be saved. The show has also covered the impact in the economy and businesses in general. The LIVE shoe airs 6 and 7pm Monday to Thursday and is available on podcast after that.
Collecting taxes during the covid19 pandemic
SARS priority has been to raise awareness about the October 2020 deadline for people who needed to file an income tax return at a SARS branch, why is it important for SARS to issue notices for tax returns? Gamelihle Bovana speaks to Itumeleng Mokhine TA (SA) Tax Specialist at Liberty Group South Africa.
Should South Africa fear for a second wave of the covid19 pandemic?
South Africa went into Lockdown Level 1 in September where we saw a lot of activities being permitted, although this didn’t mean that the coronavirus had been completely cleared we saw a lot of citizens being relaxed and the use of non pharmaceutical intervention not being observed. There has been recent talks of a rise in infections and we could possibly face a second wave of infections in the coming months. Professor Bob Scholes and Professor Francois Engelbrecht from Wits Global Change Institute join us on the show to elaborate on this topic.
How can South Africa recover from the economic woes amid the cover-19 pandemic?
Last week, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni delivered the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) proposes a five-year fiscal consolidation to narrow the budget deficit and stabilise government debt. The biggest highlights were that the South African economy is expected to contract by 7.8% in 2020, while our debt is set to rise to R5.5 trillion in 2023/24 fiscal year. The ailing national airline received another bailout. The effects of the Covid-19 pandemic continue to affect various industries here in South Africa and across the world. Did minister Tito Mboweni’s budget speech give us confidence on how we can get out of the current economic crises. To answer that question and more, we speak to Political analyst Mighti Jamie.
Is there support for the ‘missing middle’ students during the pandemic?
It has been over eight months since universities along with the students and the academic profession were forced to adapt to online learning, what are some of the challenges that you would say have persisted over the period? We speak to Prof Ahmed Bawa, the CEO of Universities South Africa, about the support for the students who do not qualify for NSFAS funding and whose parents cannot afford universities.
Covid 19 and Comorbidities
When the COVID-19 pandemic began to spread rapidly across the globe, scientists expressed concern that people living with other underlying conditions like diabetes and HIV have had to worry about managing their current condition and how the coronavirus would affect them if they ever were infected. South Africa has gained experience in managing the HIV epidemic might allow for a strengthened response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 response is largely built on existing infrastructure, a wealth of scientific and medical expertise and community mobilisation to control the dual HIV and tuberculosis (TB) epidemics. On The Covid Report we speak to Seun Maphoroma from The South African National Tuberculosis Association. We also speak to McThomas Ntuli who has been living with Type 1 Diabetes who shares his fears and how he has managed his condition throughout the covid-19 pandemic.
Why has America failed to manage the covid-19 pandemic?
The US has become the epicentre of the Covid-19 pandemic with over 9 million infections and rising and 228- thousand deaths. This all as the country prepares for a presidential election in November where incumbent Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are vying for the 46th US president seat. Trump who tested positive for Covid-19 in September has been criticised for his response to the pandemic. Gamelihle Bovana speaks to the Associate Editor at Daily Maverick and a retired American diplomat