Covid has robbed SA’s poor of lives, money, resilience and hope

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Covid has robbed SA’s poor of lives, money, resilience and hope

New study reveals the devastating impact the pandemic has had on the livelihoods and lives of township residents

Senior reporter

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected poor South Africans’ ability to weather future potential crises because of their precarious financial positions.

This is one of the findings contained in a new Southern Africa – Towards Inclusive Economic Development (SA-Tied) research study, which showed the devastating impact the pandemic has had on the livelihoods of township residents.

Drawing data from SA’s NIDS-CRAM survey, researchers Simone Schotte and Rocco Zizzamia discovered that people living in informal housing — concentrated on the fringes of urban centres — had the highest incidence of financial distress in the early phases of the pandemic:..

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