South Africans have experienced significant shocks to their livelihoods, and the threat of hunger presents a major concern for health, political and social stability.
The net effect is that the shocks are most severe on poorer, more vulnerable households.
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.
The loss of livelihoods flowing from the efforts to combat the pandemic highlights the dearth of social protection measures on the continent.
While small businesses will be partially cushioned by government support measures, there's no support for the most vulnerable workers.
To support precarious households that can't access existing relief during lockdown and its aftermath, the government should implement a temporary increase in the value of the child support grant.
Government policies need to acknowledge individual agency as a mechanism for change, while reducing barriers to income-producing activities.
The survey findings show that people who had taken part in protests over the last five years were more likely to vote for opposition parties.
A clandestine system of transfer payment, with roots in apartheid-era boycotts, has developed into routine behaviour on which many family budgets now depend.
Children whose families benefit from social grants and family support interventions enjoy better health, nutrition and schooling.
South Africa's latest budget was a necessary stop-gap after the ravages of the past decade. But it didn't have ideas that addressed the needs of poor people.
South African voters are worried about how their country is being run. Most still support the ANC but in far fewer numbers.
Politicians' knee jerk dismissal of an idea that could help rehabilitate ex-offenders is
Many young South African mothers who deserve to get the child support grant are excluded.
A new study reveals the challenges faced by people living with disabilities who want to open their own businesses.
In 1985 The Junkyard Band shifted the paradigm by challenging Reaganomics. Many of those same key issues still rage on today, across the world.
South Africa should look towards inclusive growth to push back the growing levels of poverty within the population.
Women who don't get enough to eat while pregnant face a high risk of developing common mental illnesses like depression and anxiety during pregnancy and after giving birth.
South Africa's public works programme is a laudable idea. But it must be closely monitored to make sure it doesn't lead to unintended consequences, especially for women.
Tackling the challenge of stunting in South Africa needs a convergence of science and policy along with better coordination at all levels of government.