Diary Page: Crime

How has the lockdown affected experiences of crime in Cape Town? Statistics released by the Cape Town Central City Improvement District’s (CCID) Safety and Security department show that there has been a 73% drop in all reported crime during Level 4 Lockdown. Are these statistics representative of actual crime levels or only reported crime? HasContinue reading “Diary Page: Crime”

‘Those who zol’: Dangerous discourses in a time of crisis

This post first appeared in the Mail & Guardian. To date, South Africa is the only country in the world to have banned both alcohol and cigarette sales during lockdown. When President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the government would be reversing its cigarette ban, it took only a few days for minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma toContinue reading “‘Those who zol’: Dangerous discourses in a time of crisis”

Everyday support in lockdown shows Cape Town is a city of many stories

Among accounts of hardship, hunger, crime and anxiety, the measures taken to address the COVID-19 epidemic have spurred stories of solidarity and support. Drawing attention to relationships that have long been present before the current crisis, these stories allow us to recognise people’s humanity and interconnectedness. This blog first appeared on LSE blogs Nigerian author ChimamandaContinue reading “Everyday support in lockdown shows Cape Town is a city of many stories”

Diary Pages: Childcare in Lockdown

We asked our diarists:  Can you share any experiences you have had caring for children within or beyond your home during the lockdown? Caregivers are under pressure during lockdown, and those looking after children are no exception. Diarists expressed a deep desire to protect and nurture children in their care but also the anxiety andContinue reading “Diary Pages: Childcare in Lockdown”