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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Technology the winner during the covid 19 pandemic

The telecommunications industry has seen tremendous technological advances over the past few decades, with mobility, broadband and internet services growing in capability and reach across the globe.
The pandemic has demonstrated the critical importance that telecommunications infrastructure plays in keeping businesses, governments and societies connected and running. Because of the economic and social disruption caused, people across the globe rely on technology for information, social distancing and working from home.

How has Covid 19 affected advertising?

The Covid-19 pandemic is likely to shape the advertising industry in the long-term. Businesses are prioritizing survival for now, but in the future will have to find new ways of brand-building. The change in people’s media and consumption habits will force a rethink of how best to do so. Paul van den Berg, Chief Evangelist at Oliver South Africa speaks to us on The Covid Report about the impact that the Coronavirus pandemic has had on the Advertising Communications industry.

Will structural reforms resolve our economic problems?

South Africa’s economy recorded its worst slump in decades in the second quarter, when Africa’s most industrialised nation remained mired in one of the world’s strictest Covid-19 lockdowns. On the #CovidReport today we seak to Economist Khathutshelo Sikhitha to tell us more.

Dating During the Pandemic

Dating is complicated and often clumsy even in the best of times, add in a mask, social distancing and fear of a highly contagious virus. It's no secret that the coronavirus pandemic has made nearly everything more difficult, including dating, our relationships with other people in our communities, our families and workplaces. On the #CovidReport today we speak to Clinical Sexologist and Relationship Expert Dr Eve.

Socialising is essential for brain health in the elderly in rural South Africa – has lockdown affected their cognitive f

A Wits study found that older people with cognitive impairment reported smaller social networks and less frequent communication with others.
Cognition refers to processes of the brain that allows us to learn, remember and make decisions. The findings are particularly relevant as 1 October marks the United Nations International Day of Older Persons. disproportionately affects older [aged 40+ years] adults, especially those with comorbidities, but it’s possible that Covid-19 has had, and continues to have, effects on older individuals’ cognitive function,” says Dr Ryan Wagner, a researcher at the South African Medical Research Council/Wits-Agincourt Research Unit in Mpumalanga. Wagner is co-author of the study, titled Social contact, social support, and cognitive health in a population-based study of middle-aged and older men and women in rural South Africa. Dr Ryan Wagner speaks to us on the #CovidReport to tell us more.

Surviving Covid19 in the US

On the Covid Report today we look at how one of the world's most developed nations has dealt with Covid 19. The US is the epicentre of the coronara virus with millions of people who have lost their and millions others infected. We speak to Sonya Shields, an American activist who lives in New York and was infected with covid 19.

Has human trafficking increased during the covid-19 pandemic in South Africa?

The COVID-19 pandemic has put the world under enormous strain. With unprecedented measures adopted to flatten the infection curve, while at first sight these enforcement measures seemed to dissuade crime, they may also drive it further underground. With 27 million people believed to have been a victim of human trafficking, the pandemic has exacerbated and brought to the forefront the systematic and deeply entrenched economic and societal inequalities that are among the root causes of human trafficking. Today on the #CovidReport we speak to Stop Trafficking Chief Operations Officer Tershia de Klerk to give us more insight.

How a decolonised medical system could have improved our response to Covide19

Traditional healing used to be concentrated a lot in the rural areas of Africa because of the inclination towards traditional ways of living in those areas. However, in the 21st century the situation has changed. Traditional health care services are no longer confined largely in the rural traditional villages alone but have spilled over into the urban and semi-urban areas with the influx of people from rural to urban areas in search of better economic conditions. Towards integration of traditional healing and western healing: Is this a remote possibility? We are joined by:
• Shehnaz Munshi – Research Project Manager and Lecturer at WITS University
• Lance Louskieter – Researcher, Lecturer at UCT & a PhD Candidate in the School of Public Health and Family Medicine at UCT
• Phillipa Namutebi Kabali-Kagwa - Poet and Storyteller
• Professor Elelwani Ramagundo - Professor in the Division of Occupational Therapy, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at UCT
• Jean-Paul Dossou – Medical Doctor & PhD Student of Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerpen
• Jessica Horn – Director of Programmes for African Women’s Development Fund

How Covid-19 has affected prison and correctional services

With a vast majority of the world's prisons and detention centers being overcrowded and underfunded, physical distancing is simply not an option. Close confinement, shared facilities and spaces, have inmates and prison staff living in constant fear. Is a health response to COVID-19 in prisons enough? We speak to Logan Maistry. Deputy Commissioner: Intergovernmental Relations at the Department of Correctional Services for insight.

Food wastage amid the pandemic

COVID-19 lockdowns across the world have unleashed a range of unintended consequences, sparking a global economic crisis that has magnified fault lines in society, particularly in developing nations already burdened by high levels of poverty and income disparity. Millions of people’s livelihoods have been disrupted, leaving many unable to feed themselves or their families, at the same time, disruptions to the increasingly global food value chain have exacerbated problems with food security. Today on the #CovidReport we speak to Deidre Adams to not only tell us more about Food Forward SA but also look at how this pandemic has heightened food waste.

Is it safe to go to the mountain for initiation during the pandemic?

Initiation schools are a cultural practice that has been conducted from many years ago where young men are circumcised and being taught on how to be men as they transition into manhood. As we are facing a global pandemic, one would wonder what impact the Covid-19 pandemic has had on this practice and the people involved. Zolani Mkiva, Spokesperson of the Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa joins us to further educate us on how the pandemic has affected the operation of initiation schools. We also spoke to 1st year Law student Mbulelo Qotoyi who was to have gone to the mountain during the 2019 winter season which was at the height of the pandemic in South Africa.

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