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Socio-economic impact of COVID-19 on rural livelihoods in Mbashe Municipality

Thandeka Khowa, Anelisiwe Cimi, Tafadzwa Mukasi
Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies | Vol 14, No 1 | a1361 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/jamba.v14i1.1361 | © 2022 Thandeka Khowa, Anelisiwe Cimi, Tafadzwa Mukasi | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 07 July 2022 | Published: 31 October 2022

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Thandeka Khowa, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Science, North-West University, Mafikeng, South Africa
Anelisiwe Cimi, Department of Human Settlements, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Fort Hare, Alice, South Africa
Tafadzwa Mukasi, Department of Development Studies, Faculty of Management and Commerce, University of Fort Hare, Alice, South Africa


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Abstract

The study sought to examine the impact of coronavirus disease 2019 on the socioeconomic livelihoods of rural communities by focusing on the Good Hope community under Mbashe Municipality. A qualitative research methodology was employed through in-depth interviews and focus group discussions. The study sought to examine the impact and survival strategies employed by the Good Hope community with the outbreak of the coronavirus, which has widely affected the world since 2019. The study further aimed to examine the role of the South African government in assisting rural communities since the outbreak of the coronavirus.

Contribution: The study’s findings highlight the lack of proper intervention strategies employed by the government in assisting rural communities. Communities including Good Hope have been hard hit by the pandemic and continue to suffer under the implemented lockdown regulations imposed by all governments globally.


Keywords

livelihoods; COVID-19; lockdown; pandemic; socioeconomic impact

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