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Post-Covid economy resembles a post-war landscape as joblessness climbs to highest ever

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Source: Ferial Haffajee, Maverick Citizen, 30 September 2020

By June, the Covid-19 economy resembled that of a post-civil war country with unprecedented levels of hunger and joblessness, particularly in rural South Africa and particularly among women, writes Ferial Haffajee in Maverick Citizen.

By June, the Covid-19 economy resembled that of a post-civil war country with unprecedented levels of hunger and joblessness, particularly in rural South Africa and particularly among women.

“We only see these sorts of changes and economic shocks as a result of civil war,” says Nic Spaull, the principal investigator for the NIDS-CRAM survey which has released its second wave of research on 30 September.  The NIDS-CRAM study is a nationally representative survey of the employment and welfare impacts of the pandemic.   
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