CRAM Survey shows hunger has worsened as SA recovers 2m jobs

The latest CRAM survey found that hunger worsened despite welfare payments to fight the impact of COVID-19. eNCA's Jeremy Maggs and Devan Murugan discuss. Courtesy of #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - The country has regained most of the 2,8 million jobs lost during the early phase of the COVID-19 lockdown, according to the latest Coronavirus Rapid Mobile (CRAM) Survey.

Focusing on income and employment, the survey looks at how COVID-19 has impacted South African households.

The first survey found that around 2.8-million people lost their jobs over the lockdown period.

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It recorded an 18 percent decline in employment from 17 million people employed in February, to 14 million people employed in April 2020.

The second survey showed that the numbers had not changed from April to June, despite the easing of the lockdown over the period.

The latest survey has shown a positive turn, with around 2,1 million jobs returned.

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These are not necessarily the same people who lost their jobs during the lockdown: Only half of them have regained employment.

A third of those who were unemployed before the pandemic has now found work.

The survey also found that hunger worsened despite welfare payments to fight the impact of COVID-19.

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Survey respondents were asked if anyone had gone hungry in the last seven days.

The rate of households experiencing hunger hit a high of 23 percent in May and June.

That was after the country's first and most severe lockdown.

It improved to 16 percent in July/August as lockdown eased and welfare payments arrived, but deteriorated again over the second half of the year.

The survey's most worrying finding is that child hunger is now at its highest level in 10 years.


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