Four lessons to learn from state's management of Covid-hit townships

CATEGORY: Media and COVID-19
DATE: 5 October 2020
AUTHOR: Business Day

Prof Ivan Turok

IVAN TUROK: Four lessons to learn from state’s management of Covid-hit townships

Evidence from the National Income Dynamics Study —Coronavirus Rapid Mobile (Nids-Cram) survey shows just how hard the Covid-19 lockdown has hit poor communities. Unemployment among people living in urban townships and informal settlements appears to have more than doubled. Almost half of households thus ran out of money to buy food, causing extensive hunger and social distress.

Turok is NRF research professor at the University of the Free State and distinguished research fellow at the HSRC.

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