Senior Researcher in the Knowledge Economy and Scientific Advancement Faculty, Zamanzima Mazibuko reflects on South Africa’s socio-economic issues that may threaten its fight against COVID-19.

South Africa’s context, together with the dire socio-economic factors that many South Africans live under, should be at the forefront as we navigate our way through the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic that has spread globally and that has been growing by day in our country.

Not only does our country have to contend with the quadruple burden of an HIV/AIDS epidemic, a high burden of TB; high maternal and child mortality rates; high levels of violence and injuries; and an increasing burden of non-communicable diseases, South Africa also has a weakened healthcare system that struggles to provide day-to-day health services.

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