Covid-19 reveals migration links in South Africa's human economy

CATEGORY: Media and COVID19
DATE: 19 May 2020
AUTHOR: Daily Maverick

By Leslie Bank

The spread of Covid-19 tells a great deal about the hidden human economy of South Africa and the persistence of circular migration in the country.

During President Cyril Ramaphosa’s recent visit to Port Elizabeth, the Premier of the Eastern Cape, Oscar Mabuyane, noted that a sharp rise in Covid-19 cases in his province was closely related to the movement of people between the Western Cape and Eastern Cape.

A new collection of essays, of which I am a co-editor, Migrant Labour after Apartheid: The Inside Story (HSRC Press 2020) offers useful insights into the substantive aspects of trans-locality and household economies in contemporary rural South Africa.

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