Lockdown: Three-quarters of "poor" South Africans now have no income

Lockdown: Three-quarters of "poor" South Africans now have no income

- A shocking report from an data analysis team suggest that up to 75% of South Africa's "poor citizens" now have no income

- The study was conducted in several Gauteng townships

- The study also revealed that there has been a 46% increase in the number of people living with poverty

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Panda, short for Pandemics Data and Analysis, has released data revealing that three-quarters of poor South Africans are now without income.

The non-governmental organisation conducted an online survey targeting several townships in Gauteng, including Soweto, Alexandra, Orange Farm, Diepsloot and Tembisa, to understand the effect that the lockdown was having on the poor.

The NGO discovered that, in the past three months, there has been a 46% increase in the number of citizens living in poverty without any form of employment or payments to rely on, reported The South African.

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Panda, which has been very critical of the lockdown, has urged that the government lift current lockdown restrictions.

Panda said:

"1 998 people responded to the survey. The largest number of responses were collected during the month of May 2020. The results showed the incredibly detrimental effect of the lockdown on livelihoods. About 75% of respondents had no income during lockdown, whereas 29% of them had no income before lockdown."

Panda added that 15% of these workers were domestic workers, gardeners, car guards and waiters who are unlikely to have been registered for the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF).

Briefly.co.za reported that seven million jobs may be on the line as South Africa's unemployment rate has continued to soar during the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to Independent Online, the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) has received 28 000 cases so far during the lockdown period.

Panda is a collective of leading actuaries, economists, mathematicians, medical professionals, lawyers and business people working to bring more data and analytics to the decision-making table.

Panda has called for lockdown to be scrapped altogether and the country to go to "Stage 0".

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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