The socio-economic impact of the Covid-19: a South African perspective on its impact on the socio-economic, inequality, security, and food systems

Keywords: Crimes, Covid-19, inequality, socioeconomic, domestic violence


The objects of this research are: first, to highlight some of the socio-economic impact, arising out of the government's strict lockdown rules due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Second, to explore the psychological effects of the new normal on citizens, arising out of the lockdown.

The author investigated the following problems: social problems, caused by restricted movements, increase interpersonal violence crimes, and economic problems due to job losses, emanating from several businesses closures.

The main results of the research are: very high number of death rates with over (78 000), succumbing to coronavirus in South Africa, high unemployment, threats of food scarcity, educational setbacks due to schools closure, economic inequality gap, more widely pronounced, and hospitals, put under severe pressure due high patients needs.

The area of practical use of the research is for all citizens, directly affected by the global pandemic. The research highlights the significance of the use of technology to inform and support lifelong learning using more e-learning platforms as an alternative for the old pedagogic delivery of lectures.

The innovative technological products, arising out of the lockdown, were several e-learning softwares introduced. Apps like ‘uber eats; Vromo; Open Table; and ChatFood were all introduced and made delivery of fast food to our homes relatively easy. Several e-learning products were made popular: Microsoft teams; Zoom; Skype; Canvas; Ariculate 360; 7 taps; Spayee and teachable.

The Scope of the innovative technology products were more pronounced in both the hospitality, catering industries, and educational institutions.


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Author Biography

Shaka Yesufu, University of Limpopo

Department of Research and Development


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Yesufu, S. (2021). The socio-economic impact of the Covid-19: a South African perspective on its impact on the socio-economic, inequality, security, and food systems. ScienceRise, (4), 68-79.
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