In an article on GroundUp, Jeremy Seekings dissects the proposed temporary reforms to social grants announced on 21 April by President Ramaphosa. Jeremy argues that the package is well designed in principle, encompassing diverse grants to reach as many individuals as possible rather than relying on a single programme that reaches only selected adults. But the envisaged budget is insufficient to cover the proposed reforms.
In a recent article in the Daily Maverick, Nonzuzo Mbokazi (PhD candidate) and Elena Moore write about how the Covid-19 pandemic will deepen existing glaring racial disparities among children. As children’s access to resources varies dramatically by race, this article looks specifically at the situation of children and informal worker households.
Elena Moore, Director of FaSRU talks on the Thabiso Kotane show about the vulnerabilities of old age grant receiving households during the pandemic. She outlines the reasons for added burden that old age grant receiving households may face when Covid-19 enters the household. More importantly she recommends specific relief that the government should introduce to ensure the financial well-being of the household during the pandemic and recovery. Power FM Podcast on Old Age Grant Receiving Households and Covid-19
In a three-part series on the dynamics of Covid-19 on care and money within households, Professor Elena Moore unpacks thorny issues in intergenerational relationships, responsibilities and obligations. She outlines care-giving and financial challenges families face. This first article looks specifically at challenges in old age grant-receiving households. The second article examines the challenges that are faced in multi-generational households headed by women in employment. The third article looks more broadly at the family dynamics and challenges that are arising more broadly in multi-generational household. The series argues that different households will face unique challenges and that government support needs to include a wider range of relief at the household level to cater for the range of challenges that are experienced. Whilst supporting a broader call for an increase in child support grants and household relief more broadly, Elena recommends relief specifically for old age grant receiving households.
With 1.5 billion children now out of school - nearly 91% of all enrolled children in the world – parents and carers across the globe are rapidly coming to terms with the challenges of parenting in the time of COVID-19. Parenting is made harder by uncertainty, stress and economic hardship.
We, Accelerate Hub, together with Parenting for Lifelong Health, the World Health Organization, UNICEF and other international partners have produced a set of 6 one-page tips for parents which cover planning one-on-one time, staying positive, creating a daily routine, avoiding bad behaviour, managing stress, and talking about COVID-19. These downloadable tips, also available on the World Health Organization and UNICEF websites, contain great advice condensed from the non-commercial and evidence-based Parenting for Lifelong Health parenting programmes.
The COVID-19 Parenting tips are currently being translated into 70 languages. 49 languages are available here on covid19parenting.com with new languages added daily. Please share these tips with those who might find them helpful.
News 24: OPINION: Fear and policing in the time of COVID-19 A major area of concern is that the oversight bodies that were created in the 1990s in an effort to protect South Africans from abuses by the security forces are overwhelmed, understaffed or are not operating due to the lockdown, writes Guy Lamb.
Researchers in the Institute for Democracy have published four new Working Papers through the CSSR WP series. Dr Sishuwa Sishuwa, a post-doctoral research fellow, examines the role of charisma in politics in post-colonial Africa, in WP 446. Hangala Siachiwena, whose PhD is under examination, examines the effects of change of government on social protection policy reform in Malawi, in WP 447. PhD student Thomas Isbell uses Afrobarometer data in WP 448 to examine the relationship between inequality and the demand for democracy in Africa. PhD student Matthias Kronke, together with Honorary Professor Bob Mattes, also use Afrobarometer data to examine partisan identification in Africa, in WP 449, this Working Paper is embargoes from May to November because it is being published as a chapter in Research Handbook on Political Partisanship edited by Henrik Oscarsson and Sören Holmberg (Edward Elgar).
UCT has suspended face-to-face classes, large group meetings and travel due to the coronavirus. Most CSSR researchers and adminstrators are working from home. Today (18 March) we learnt that a visitor from the UK who spent part of last week in the CSSR has been confirmed as coronavirus-positive. Some of us are now in self-quarantine. All of this poses a challenge to our continuing work. One of the core functions of research institutes such as the CSSR is to provide intellectual communities within which we engage as scholars, including giving and receiving formal and informal feedback on each other’s work. This will now be more difficult. But it will not be impossible. As far as is possible, we shall continue with our research – and to share and discuss it with colleagues electronically.
The coronavirus Covid-19 poses a special threat to the elderly. In an article for the Daily Maverick, former CSSR PhD student and post-doctoral research fellow Gabby Kelly writes that South Africa has generally neglected its elderly population and now needs to pay urgent attention to their situation. She asks, for example, what will SASSA do about payments of old-age pensions so as to avoid requiring the elderly to gather at paypoints?
ASRU is delighted to announce that Associate Professor Mzikazi Nduna will be spending part of her sabbatical with us from January 2020. Mzi holds a PhD in Public Health, and has 24 years of experience in the field of sexual and reproductive health and human rights.
Mzi’s overarching philosophy as a researcher is that of engaged scholarship. She serves on Boards of the following NPOs: National Shelter Movement, Sonke Gender Justice, IRANTI and SisterLove.
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