COVID-19 AND ITSIMPACT ONTHE LIVELYHOOD OF THEPOOR OF THE POOREST PEOPLE IN SOUTH AFRICA

Author's Name: Dr. Clive Sello Mukhari
Subject Area: Social Science and Humanities
Subject Other
Section Research Paper

Keyword:

Covid-19, South Africa, Poverty, Socio-Economic Indicators, Poor people and Government


Abstract

The emergence of Corona virus also known as COVID-19, has undoubtedly changed the political, economic and global affairs. It is business as unusual for many countries around the world. Most countries have put hands in the deck to curb the spread of the pandemic. They have introduced various measures like the total shutdown, as a way of containing the spread of the virus. The virus has already claimed more than 10 thousand people and has infected over a million globally. Africa is not spared from the pandemic. Presently, the numbers of infections are still lower as compared to those in other continents. However, it is just a matter of time when the number start swelling. Equally so, South Africa is also affected by the pandemic. At the time of writing this paper, the country recorded over 11 deaths and over 1665 infected people. The most pressing issue is how the poor dwell during this pandemic. Most people in South Africa are depended on the state social security services for survival, meaning that they are unable to make ends meet. How government roll-out those services under this difficult period remains a serious challenge. The total shut down in South Africa will have rippling effect to their well-being. Therefore, the paper will focus its attention on the impact COVID-19 will have on the poor people in South Africa, arguing their socio-economic background.

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