70 participants across Cape Town share their experiences of the Covid-19 Lockdown
Lockdown Diaries Analysis
South Africans have been accused of protesting police violence in America whilst overlooking state brutality at home. Such critiques are important but it is also crucial that we don’t underestimate the opposition that exists to state violence, nor the fear that it provokes.In the wake of George Floyd’s death, under the knee of a whiteContinue reading “‘the government is saying black lives don’t matter’: Opposing State Brutality in Cape Town”
Instituting Lockdown in South Africa, where inequality is rampant, was always going to be difficult. Since the beginning, one thing has been clear about COVID-19: It is no leveller. Over the last seven weeks, the COVID-19 crisis has collided with the everyday crises that numerous citizens were already facing. Prior to the crisis, many SouthContinue reading “Covid-19 and Cape Town: Frustration Grows As Lockdown Exacerbates the City’s Inequalities”
The introduction of a new grant and an extended child grant signals a hopeful moment in South Africa but we must not discount the challenges that lie ahead. A version of this article will appear shortly on Open Democracy. ‘At the moment the government is doing what it should of done a long time [ago]Continue reading “A milestone or a deadend? South Africa’s social grants in the time of Covid-19”
This post was first published on the Daily Maverick. Times of crisis are often periods of increased intervention by government, businesses and civic organisations. These interventions deserve our attention not just because their immediate impacts can be immense, but also because the laws, regulations and practices forged in crisis tend to live on long afterContinue reading “WhatsApp with the new grants?”
This post first appeared in the Mail & Guardian. To date, South Africa is the only country in the world to have banned both alcohol and cigarette sales during lockdown. When President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the government would be reversing its cigarette ban, it took only a few days for minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma toContinue reading “‘Those who zol’: Dangerous discourses in a time of crisis”
The Western Cape has more than half of South Africa’s COVID 19 cases. This week we asked our diarists: Why do you think the Western Cape remains the epicentre of the COVID-19 virus in South Africa? A strong narrative arising from our diarists is that residents have not been able to prevent the spread ofContinue reading “Diary Pages: Why are we at the epi-centre?”
This week we asked our diarists: If you could speak to President Ramaphosa and ask him to deal with one important issue regarding lockdown, what would it be and why? Respondents raised a number of issues they felt strongly about. Below, we have highlighted those that came through most strongly – education, employment, health, alcohol,Continue reading “Diary Pages: Dear President Ramaphosa….”
The lockdown and the spread of COVID-19 has changed the way most South African’s experience everyday life. To understand the impact of lockdown on intergenerational relationships we asked our diarists: Do you think that the lockdown has changed relationships between younger and older people in your household and your community? If so, in what waysContinue reading “Diary Pages: Intergenerational relationships”
Just as South Africa was due to move to Level Three, we asked our participants whether the Lockdown had affected their work and income, and whether this was likely to change during Level Three. Income not affected For several of our participants – across different areas – there had been no shift in their incomeContinue reading “Diary Pages: Work and Income”
During the Lockdown, the government has deployed both the police and the army on the streets to police its lockdown legislation. At the end of May, Police Minister Bheki Cele claimed that almost 230,000 arrests had occured for lockdown infringements. During the same period, at least eleven people lost their lives at the hands ofContinue reading “Diary Pages: Army and Police Brutality”
About The Lockdown Diaries Project.
Since the lockdown began, we have been asking people from across Cape Town to share regular WhatsApp diaries with us that describe their experiences of Lockdown and its impact upon their communities. We currently have 70 participants from occupied buildings, informal settlements, townships and suburbs throughout Cape Town. Participants are diverse in terms of their location, age, gender, and race.
The hope of the project is to share insights from Lockdown with members of the public, policy makers, and responders to the crisis.
The Lockdown diary project is being run by a team of researchers from the University of Edinburgh and the University of the Western Cape. Click here to find out more about the research team.