The Covid Report

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At the onset of the Corona Virus Pandemic in South Africa when President Cyril Ramaphosa declared a state of disaster in March 2020, Voice of Wits launched an hour long daily talk show, The Covid Report, which focusses on the impact the virus has on various sectors of society. Some of the topics covered include; stories of recovery from people who have been infected with Covid-19, how people living in informal settlement are dealing with the pandemic, the impact of the virus on schooling focusing on home schooling on one show, How students are coping with studying and if the academic year can be saved. The show has also covered the impact in the economy and businesses in general. The LIVE shoe airs 6 and 7pm Monday to Thursday and is available on podcast after that.

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29
MAR

Informal Workers' Lives & Livelihoods Under The Covid-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has had adverse effects on people's ability to earn a living, & this hasn't been more keenly felt anywhere else than in the informal trading sector. SAITA's Rosheda Muller joins us on The Covid Report to unpack the measures their organization is taking to help the impacted informal traders in need.
09
MAR

The Impact Of The Pandemic On Career Choices

As regularly noted over the entirety of the show's history, the COVID 19 pandemic has prompted many people to reevaluate their priorities & reexamine their career aspirations. Head of Food at Nando's, Ms. Pascale Sobiecki, joins us on The Covid Report to provide insight in this regard, while also mapping out the options available for those considering entering the restaurant & food space.

The turbulent nature of this pandemic, as well as the immeasurable damage to people's jobs, livelihoods & career aspirations that it left in its wake, has necessitated a change for many of us, ranging from necessary to uncomfortable, while also leaving a cloud of uncertainty over those still making their entry into the workspace. Our guest, Mahlatse Hlako - a Media Design student - talks us through what informed the career choices she's made for herself and how this period has impacted her.
08
MAR

Studying During The Pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic has been a turbulent period for many, jobs were lost and many people's lives changed drastically. How anxious were matriculants with having to adjust to online studying and putting in extra work to ensure that they pass their Matric year?

Gamelihle Bovana speaks to Khumo Toyana, a learner who completed Grade 12 last year. And also talks to Hildah Boikanyo, a single mother of two teenage boys who lost her job and had to relocate back home, causing her son to repeat Grade 12 this year.
02
MAR

Vaccination isn’t your guarantee of safety

Are vaccines your greatest guarantee of safety? Taking the vaccine jab and whether it is safe or not has been a question debated by many. Host of the Covid Report Gamelihle Bovana speaks to Burt Rodrigues, CEO of Biological Chemical Technologies (Biodx), to unpack the safety of vaccines as well as taking other precautions to complement the vaccine.
05
NOV
2020

Collecting taxes during the covid19 pandemic

SARS priority has been to raise awareness about the October 2020 deadline for people who needed to file an income tax return at a SARS branch, why is it important for SARS to issue notices for tax returns? Gamelihle Bovana speaks to Itumeleng Mokhine TA (SA) Tax Specialist at Liberty Group South Africa.
04
NOV
2020

Should South Africa fear for a second wave of the covid19 pandemic?

South Africa went into Lockdown Level 1 in September where we saw a lot of activities being permitted, although this didn’t mean that the coronavirus had been completely cleared we saw a lot of citizens being relaxed and the use of non pharmaceutical intervention not being observed. There has been recent talks of a rise in infections and we could possibly face a second wave of infections in the coming months. Professor Bob Scholes and Professor Francois Engelbrecht from Wits Global Change Institute join us on the show to elaborate on this topic.
02
NOV
2020

How can South Africa recover from the economic woes amid the cover-19 pandemic?

Last week, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni delivered the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) proposes a five-year fiscal consolidation to narrow the budget deficit and stabilise government debt. The biggest highlights were that the South African economy is expected to contract by 7.8% in 2020, while our debt is set to rise to R5.5 trillion in 2023/24 fiscal year. The ailing national airline received another bailout. The effects of the Covid-19 pandemic continue to affect various industries here in South Africa and across the world. Did minister Tito Mboweni’s budget speech give us confidence on how we can get out of the current economic crises. To answer that question and more, we speak to Political analyst Mighti Jamie.
29
OCT
2020

Is there support for the ‘missing middle’ students during the pandemic?

It has been over eight months since universities along with the students and the academic profession were forced to adapt to online learning, what are some of the challenges that you would say have persisted over the period? We speak to Prof Ahmed Bawa, the CEO of Universities South Africa, about the support for the students who do not qualify for NSFAS funding and whose parents cannot afford universities.
27
OCT
2020

Covid 19 and Comorbidities

When the COVID-19 pandemic began to spread rapidly across the globe, scientists expressed concern that people living with other underlying conditions like diabetes and HIV have had to worry about managing their current condition and how the coronavirus would affect them if they ever were infected. South Africa has gained experience in managing the HIV epidemic might allow for a strengthened response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 response is largely built on existing infrastructure, a wealth of scientific and medical expertise and community mobilisation to control the dual HIV and tuberculosis (TB) epidemics. On The Covid Report we speak to Seun Maphoroma from The South African National Tuberculosis Association. We also speak to McThomas Ntuli who has been living with Type 1 Diabetes who shares his fears and how he has managed his condition throughout the covid-19 pandemic.
22
OCT
2020

Why has America failed to manage the covid-19 pandemic?

The US has become the epicentre of the Covid-19 pandemic with over 9 million infections and rising and 228- thousand deaths. This all as the country prepares for a presidential election in November where incumbent Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are vying for the 46th US president seat. Trump who tested positive for Covid-19 in September has been criticised for his response to the pandemic. Gamelihle Bovana speaks to the Associate Editor at Daily Maverick and a retired American diplomat
20
OCT
2020

How covid-19 pandemic made it hard for people to look for jobs

South Africa’s unemployment rate fell to 23.3% in the second quarter of 2020 from 30.1% in the previous period. It was the lowest jobless rate since the second quarter of 2009, as the country’s strict lockdown distorted labour force numbers with fewer people actively looking for employment. Meantime, employment fell by 2.2 million, the most since the survey began in 2008, with total employment dropping across all industries. On the #CovidReport we speak to Statistician General Mr Risenga Maluleke from StatsSA to give us more insight on South Africa’s unemployment rate amidst a pandemic.
19
OCT
2020

Impact of covid 19 on NGO funding

NGO’s are facing a great number of challenges arising from internal weaknesses as well as limitations emanating from official frameworks and support mechanisms aimed at strengthening them. These play a critical role in advancing social change and transformation, but would their current funding model need to be addressed for them to make a sustainable impact in South Africa?

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