‘the government is saying black lives don’t matter’: Opposing State Brutality in Cape Town

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”

Diary Pages: Why are we at the epi-centre?

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?”

Diary Pages: Dear President Ramaphosa….

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….”

Diary Pages: Intergenerational relationships

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”

Diary Page: Gender roles and the lockdown

The lockdown has changed the way many function on a daily basis, in their home and in their community. We asked our diarists whether the lockdown changed the roles different genders play in their household or in the broader community. We probed to find out if there were changes in gender relations in regards toContinue reading “Diary Page: Gender roles and the lockdown”

Diary Pages: Exercise Regulations

Level four lockdown regulations stipulated that people could exercise  between the hours of 6am and 9am, within a 5km radius of their home. We asked our participants if they had been among those making use of the allocated time to exercise outdoors. We wanted to know it they used the exercise time, their experienced ofContinue reading “Diary Pages: Exercise Regulations”

WhatsApp with the new grants?

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?”

Diary Pages: Dealing with the virus – Support and Stigma

Viruses can cause fear, and illnesses such as HIV/AIDS have in the past had a stigma attached to them.  To understand how COVID-19 is being received in Cape Town we asked our respondents how people have responded to those who have been diagnosed with COVID-19.  As we report in other diary pages the majority ofContinue reading “Diary Pages: Dealing with the virus – Support and Stigma”

Diary Page: Crime

How has the lockdown affected experiences of crime in Cape Town? Statistics released by the Cape Town Central City Improvement District’s (CCID) Safety and Security department show that there has been a 73% drop in all reported crime during Level 4 Lockdown. Are these statistics representative of actual crime levels or only reported crime? HasContinue reading “Diary Page: Crime”