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The Conversation - COVID-19 has hurt some more than others (South Africa)

par Zouhair Ait Benhamou - publié le

COVID-19 has hurt some more than others : South Africa needs policies that reflect this.

Published in The Conversation by Hélène Maisonnave (EDEHN) Jessika Bohlmann (U. Pretoria) Margaret Chitiga-Mabugu (U. Pretoria), Martin Henseler (EDEHN) & Ramos Emmanuel Mabugu (U. Sol Plaatje)

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and the policy measures to combat it, are having profound effects on the economic and social lives of citizens. They are threatening employment as well as the long-term livelihoods and well-being of millions around the world.

South Africa has not been exempted from the socio-economic effects of the pandemic. Its economy has been in decline since it entered a stringent lockdown as the main public health response to curb the spread of the virus in March 2020. This is reflected in its latest available statistics for both gross domestic product (GDP) and employment.

The country’s economy wasn’t in great shape even before the lockdown. It was hit hard by the global financial crisis in 2008, recording average growth just above 2% between 2008 and 2012. And now the National Treasury has forecast that the economy will contract by 7.8% in 2020 due to COVID-19 measures.

The unemployment rate in South Africa has been persistently high over time, hovering above 20% over the last decade. The official unemployment rate reached an all-time high of 30.8% during the third quarter of 2020.

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