In South Africa, it sometimes feels as though we get battered every month by crises, tragedies and disasters that other countries might encounter only once a decade or less. While most of the population in this country is trying to absorb the constant litany of bad news that is our politics; over the weekend, two of our most important – and prestigious – institutions were engulfed by flame. First, the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital – one of the best government hospitals – caught fire and burned so badly that more than 700 patients had to be evacuated. Then, an…



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