30 October 2020
The covid-19 Rapid Needs Assessment Report will be launched by the Minister of Social Development, Ms Lindiwe Zulu and the United Nations Resident Coordinator, Ms Nardos Bekele-Thomas on Friday.
Social Development Department said, “The launch of the report coincides with the end of Social Development Month which is commemorated every year in October. Social Development month marks the country’s commitment to caring for the most vulnerable.”
The launch will make contents of the report public, for the panellists – including the UNDP South Africa Resident Representative, Dr Ayodele Odusola, UN agencies, the South African government officials and non-governmental stakeholders, to deliberate on the report, and discuss possible solutions to the current dilemmas faced by vulnerable South Africans during the covid-19 pandemic.
“Covid-19 pandemic has triggered socio-economic challenges for countries across the globe, including South Africa. The pandemic crippled efforts by economies to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, it is crucial for all countries to ‘build back better’ by addressing both the short – and long-term socio-economic impact” urged the department.
The report also highlights food security, unemployment, disruptions in basic and higher education as some of the factors that affected South Africans and includes recommendations as well as global and regional data and analysis.