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Margaret Blackie

Dr Margaret Blackie is a senior lecturer in the Department of Chemistry and Polymer Science at Stellenbosch University. She was the recipient in 2020 of the Chemical Education Medal of the South African Chemical Institute. She is also a spiritual director and author of two books: ‘Rooted in Love’ and ‘The Grace of Forgiveness’.

How to distinguish reliable information from speculation

Discerning between truth, fake news, speculation, and poor information becomes exhausting as the content overload around COVID-19 shows no signs of abating. Margaret Blackie...

Can God protect us from COVID-19?

Many Christians have criticized the decision by governments around the world to ban public gatherings, including church worship. Margaret Blackie says that at the...

Masks for all: Protecting one another

There are divergent views on whether the use of masks in public can help to slow the spread of COVID-19. Margaret Blackie looks at the example...

Covid-19 – is the drastic action overreaction?

On 15 March, President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the people of South Africa to communicate a series of measures that the government is implementing to...

Don’t ask me to diminish myself — a response to patriarchy

One of the excuses for the increased violence against women is that men feel emasculated by the gains that women have made professionally and socially. Margaret Blackie argues that the answer to gender-based violence does not come by elevating the self-esteem of men. Instead, the Church and other institutions should look at how the interests of all members of society can be served so that all enjoy equal dignity in every area of life.

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COVID-19 – just how bad is it in South Africa?

On 12 July, President Cyril Ramaphosa painted a pessimistic picture of South Africa's battle against COVID-19. Hospitals are struggling to keep up and the...

Do not go to church

President Ramaphosa has allowed the places of worship open for service of not more than 50 people. Dr Margaret Blackie, a senior lecturer in...

Your choice is not just about you. It is about all of us.

Some hospitals, especially in the Western Cape, are already under significant pressure. The announcement of the opening of casinos and restaurants does not mean...

Reconnecting with the world: The challenge of living with COVID-19

COVID-19 is here to stay for some time, but the good news is that doctors and scientists have learned a great deal about the...

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