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The Year In Review

2020 was an unprecedented year as the Covid-19 pandemic created serious challenges, and unexpectedly, extreme productivity in the organisation across the six programme areas.

On 23 March, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a national lockdown to curb the spread of the Covid-19 virus that was fast becoming a global pandemic. PARI staff had to quickly begin acclimatising to what the world was calling ‘a new normal’ – being confined to home, working and conducting research solely online or by phone and managing the emotional fallout of isolation, home schooling, infections and so on.