Community action in the time of COVID-19: moving at the speed of trust; sitting with complexity

SOURCE: HSRC Review
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2020
TITLE AUTHOR(S): D.Sanchez Betancourt, A.Teagle
KEYWORDS: CAPE TOWN, COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION, COVID-19, TRUST
DEPARTMENT: Developmental, Capable and Ethical State (DCES), Impact Centre (IC), Impact Centre (PRESS), Impact Centre (CC)
Web link: http://www.hsrc.ac.za/en/review/hsrc-review-july-2020/community-action-in-time-of-covid
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 11518
HANDLE: 20.500.11910/15406

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Abstract

A significant proportion of South Africans believe that the COVID-19 pandemic will make people more supportive of one another. This finding of a survey conducted by the HSRC and University of Johannesburg is borne out by stories of human agency unfolding in Cape Town community responses to COVID-19. Together with other self-driving volunteer groups, these illustrate the centrality of human relationships, solidarity and trust in effective crisis responses. The challenge will be for the government to work with these social initiatives going forward.