Opening schools is a risk, but a calculated one

28 June 2020 - 00:00 By ANGIE MOTSHEKGA

"It came for the young maidens, it came for the grooms. It burned out the elders and finished the youth." These are the words of composer Reuben Tholakele Caluza from his song Influenza 1918, recorded in the 1930s. It was the composer's requiem to the dead as the Spanish flu epidemic claimed 300,000 lives in SA.

We acknowledge the South African composer Philip Miller, who has transcribed the original song and repurposed it in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. He highlights the interesting parallels between the 1918 Spanish flu and this pandemic...

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