The state can’t get Covid funds and food to the needy on its own

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The state can’t get Covid funds and food to the needy on its own

If it doesn’t partner with the private sector and civil society, the stimulus package will fail miserably

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The R500bn “war-time” Covid-19 emergency economic stimulus will go bust, unless the government bolsters execution, ensures that appointments to oversee structures are made on merit, and contains corruption. 

Furthermore, unless common sense, pragmatism and helping the widest number of people as possible guide the implementation of the stimulus, it will flounder.

Execution has been the government’s Achilles heel during “peacetime”, with good intentions, public money and public services often going to waste because of bad execution. Already, government efforts to get food to the needy across the country has been ensnared in red tape, inefficiency and logistical hiccups. Food, in many cases, does not get to the needy in time or at all...

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