As the major social and economic disruption that will be caused by South Africa’s COVID-19 lockdown becomes apparent, civil society organisations caution that issues affecting the poor and marginalised could fall through the cracks.
Regulations have been published setting out how things will work under South Africa’s 21-day COVID-19 lockdown. Here we answer some of the top questions on what people in the country may or may not do in this time.
People living with mental illness are among the most vulnerable people in society and face widespread stigma. In our response to COVID-19, we must be sensitive to the needs of this group of people, writes Julia Chaskalson.
The decision to institute a lockdown is evidence of a government taking both scientific evidence and the need to save lives seriously and then taking carefully considered action, writes Marcus Low.
Eight days ago President Cyril Ramaphosa declared a national state of disaster. Spotlight looks back at the last week and listens to what community groups, farm workers, taxi operators and others have to say about COVID-19 and the various measures to prevent or slow its spread.
While many recovering addicts are scared of catching the COVID-19 virus, many are also frightened of how they’ll cope without AA and NA meetings as more and more of these meetings are being cancelled.
We are a world and a nation at war and if we don’t respond accordingly, we will suffer serious casualties – infrastructure, jobs, economic growth, food security, social cohesion and life itself, writes a team of public health doctors as they call on all South Africans to join them as they pledge to put the ‘(YO)U back into UBUNTU’.
People living with HIV and other chronic conditions should be urgently supported to reduce contact with health facilities both for “social distancing” purposes as well as saving healthcare worker capacity for those with the greatest immediate need, argues Lynne Wilkinson and Anna Grimsrud.
A heavy onus rests on our leaders to see us through the COVID-19 pandemic, yet this pandemic also calls on all of us to be active participants during this state of disaster and beyond. This includes making sure that constitutional rights are not disproportionately eroded in the process, writes Ektaa Deochand and Mbalenhle Baduza.
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni this week announced an economic stimulus package to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Responding to the pandemic should come with wider economic reforms, argues Dominic Brown.