Diary Pages: Social Grants

The Lockdown has been a period of unprecedented government intervention in post-apartheid South Africa. Interventions include the recently announced increase in Child Support and the introduction of a new Social Relief of Distress grant (also known as an unemployment grant) which offers recipients R350 per month. We asked our participants what they thought about the grantsContinue reading “Diary Pages: Social Grants”

‘The system is a problem’: The politics of food parcels in Cape Town

This Op-Ed was first posted on the Daily Maverick. ‘Some leaders are corrupted they take most of the food their families’, wrote Nathi, who lives within an informal settlement in Imizamo Yethu, Cape Town. His words seemed to fit a well worn truth in South African politics: the delivery of resources and services are skewedContinue reading “‘The system is a problem’: The politics of food parcels in Cape Town”

Policing the Lockdown in Cape Town

This blog was originally published on the Scottish Institute for Policing Research’s blog. ‘If only they could deploy more soldiers and police for effective enforcement’, Zukiswa wrote, efforts to contain Covid-19 might be successful. Like almost half of the residents in Khayelitsha, Zukiswa lives in informal housing. Throughout the crisis, she has seen little ofContinue reading “Policing the Lockdown in Cape Town”

Diary Pages: Alcohol and Cigarette Ban

Why do you think the government banned alcohol and cigarette sales? How has that affected you, family and friends? Currently, the sale of cigarettes and alcohol is not permissible under South Africa’s COVID 19 national lockdown, nor can home-made beer be shared. The lockdown is considered one of the strictest in the world. As theContinue reading “Diary Pages: Alcohol and Cigarette Ban”

Diary Pages: Level Four

After weeks of experiencing one of the strictest lockdowns in the world, South Africans heard from President Cyril Ramaphosa that the lockdown restrictions would be slightly eased from the highest Level Five to Level Four. Restrictions, he explained, would shift according to the level of Covid-19 threat being faced at any one time. As ofContinue reading “Diary Pages: Level Four”

Diary Pages: Back to School?

We asked our diarists: Do you think children should go back to school as proposed by the government?  How has the lockdown impacted the education of children? As South Africa has eased its COVID 19 lockdown to level four, controversy has been mounting over the issue of schooling. The Department of Basic Education faces theContinue reading “Diary Pages: Back to School?”

Diary Pages: Freedom Day in Lockdown

We asked our diarists:  Do you usually celebrate Freedom Day? What are your feelings about it this year? On the 27th of April 1994, South Africans of all races stood in long lines to cast their votes in the first post-apartheid elections. That day has been observed as Freedom Day and is a public holidayContinue reading “Diary Pages: Freedom Day in Lockdown”

Inside Information: The political economy of Covid-19 rumours in Cape Town

This blog first appeared on Corona Times, you can view the original here. South Africa took an early stand to try and limit fake news around the Covid-19, by making the spread of false information on the virus a crime. This stance recognises the importance of clear and accurate health messaging around the virus – misinformation and disinformationContinue reading “Inside Information: The political economy of Covid-19 rumours in Cape Town”

Diary Pages: The New Rules

On 23rd April, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that South Africa would begin ‘a deliberate and cautious approach to the easing of current lockdown restrictions.’ Following this news, we asked our Lockdown Diarists: ‘What is your understanding of how the new lockdown rules (starting on 1 May) will affect you and your family?’ Tentative Support but IncompleteContinue reading “Diary Pages: The New Rules”