Whatever happens to the vaccines, SA is already immune to shock

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Whatever happens to the vaccines, SA is already immune to shock

Centralising the vaccination programme to keep money away from grubby hands is simply palliative care

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On Sunday, as I sat meditating in the deep tranquility that comes when you have neither electricity nor running water, I realised I was managing my expectations quite well.

These things happen, I told myself. Neglected water pipes burst. Necrotic ANC politicians deindustrialise South Africa. These are immutable laws of nature. Getting angry about them would imply that I believed that things should be different; that water pipes are indestructible; that the ANC is capable of doing anything but eating; that crumbling states, ruled over by idiots, cowards and thieves, somehow keep supplying electricity and running water.

Since I do not believe these things, I remained much like the famous thinkers of ancient Greece: philosophical, washing myself by scraping oil off my skin with a bronze knife, and unable to watch Bridgerton. ..

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