Despite the success of relief efforts by the government and civil society, it’s clear that hunger and food insecurity remain at disturbingly high levels in households.
Emergency relief measures were operational for six months and are due to end soon. But the impacts of COVID-19 will be felt long after.
To begin to deal with South Africa’s persistent poverty, high unemployment, and the economic aftermath of the pandemic, grant increases must remain in place after the six month period.
Government policies need to acknowledge individual agency as a mechanism for change, while reducing barriers to income-producing activities.