The pandemic has targeted the vulnerable in society, and the economic fallout is hurting the ‘precariat’ the most.
On World Day For Decent Work, trade union federations in South Africa declared a national strike against the winds of austerity blowing out the national treasury.
Affected by the pandemic and the lockdown, early childhood development centres around the country are calling for government support.
The City of Johannesburg is adamant that it will ensure that “anarchy” does not “prevail” as it continues to demolish houses despite the ongoing national state of disaster that prohibits evictions.
Civil society, community-based organisations, trade unions and activists protested in major cities and towns around the country to demand better living and working conditions.
Protests around the country to mark the start of a national campaign by different organisations to build and connect community struggles against covid-19 and government austerity took place on Saturday, 1 August.
Residents who have been without electricity for years marched to City Power demanding that they be connected to the grid.
Covid-19 and the consequent lockdown has affected communal food gardens that contribute to food security for the poor in Alexandra.
A group of workers demonstrated outside the Department of Labour offices against their deteriorating work conditions under covid-19.
As Gauteng becomes the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic in South Africa, the residents of Alexandra say that service delivery has already been affected.
Taxi associations in Gauteng staged a strike on Monday, 22 June, against the covid-19 relief grant from government.