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Impact of COVID-19 in South Africa and Zimbabwe: Policy perspectives, consequences and implications

When: Wednesday, 30 September 2020 - Wednesday, 30 September 2020
Where: Online Event
Start time:13:00

The Department of Social Work in the School of Human and Community Development will host the annual Professor Edwell Kaseke Memorial Lecture.

COVID-19 has had a devastating socio-economic effect on both South Africa and Zimbabwe, and it may take years to recover if both governments do not pay prudent attention to the needs and social protection of its citizens. The pandemic has revealed in sharp relief the inequalities and poverty in both countries and raises concerns regarding social justice, human rights and the extent of hunger that exists. This lecture will focus on the policies that these countries have embarked upon in their efforts to mitigate the impact of COVID-19, how effective they have been, the intended and unintended consequences of the respective policies, and the implications of these policies. 

Professor Jean Triegaardt, Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Social Development in Africa at the University of Johannesburg will deliver the lecture.


  • Dr Kabo Diraditsile, Waseda University, Japan 
  • Mmathapelo Makofane, MA Social Development Student
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