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Stats SA Results from Wave 2 survey on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on employment and income

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact worldwide. The pandemic reached South Africa later than most of the world, but despite the delay, it has still had a wide-reaching impact on all South Africans. President Ramaphosa declared a state of national disaster on 23 March 2020 and indicated that there would be a total national lockdown of the country starting on 26 March 2020 to curb new infections and flatten the curve of the virus. This lockdown has in itself brought along certain implications for all citizens in the country.

Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) is embarking on a series of three online surveys to measure the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on individuals in the country. This publication will be reporting on the second round of the survey (Wave 2), which focused on employment, income and hunger-related issues. The first round (Wave 1) focused on health-related issues, specifically on behaviour, knowledge and perceptions around COVID-19 and those results were published at the end of April 2020. The third survey (Wave 3), which is currently in development and will go live in the near future, will report on the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on education and time-use of individuals.

Read the results here: STATS SA Survey results on employment and income in South Africa during COVID-19