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Fifty years ago [on 4 September 1970], Salvador Allende was elected president of Chile. His thousand days in office raised the hopes of millions in Chile, enacting policies to nationalise industries, expand education and empower workers…

“These far reaching socio-economic achievements include, among others, the eradication of illiteracy, a comprehensive free primary health care system, free education, free housing, the creation of sustainable job opportunities, and nationalization of the productive relations of the economy…”

This article was completed before President Ramaphosa announced the national lock-down on 23 March. The measures he announced, and the direction of these measures, continued his policy of private sector leadership of the fight…