HSRC, SALDRU and UNICEF join forces to understand the impact of COVID-19 on young people in South Africa

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Young people aged 15 to 34 are considered to be among the most economically vulnerable in South Africa. Using 2018 General Household Survey data, Statistics South Africa indicates that no less than 27% of these young people live in youth-headed households, and of this group, 24% live in low income (or quintile 1) households. Among young people aged 15 to 24, almost 30% live in households without an employed adult, 19% are beneficiaries of a social grant and 13% live in households that report suffering from hunger¹. The current COVID-19 health crisis and lockdown will have large, additional negative effects on the social and economic situation of youth. To gain a better understanding of what those effects will be, SALDRU has partnered with UNICEF to design and distribute a survey via the UNICEF U-report platform. This month, the multi-partner team joins forces with the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), which runs the national COVID-19 series of surveys. Findings are aimed at directly assisting government to mitigate the effects of the spreading pandemic.

1. Statistics South Africa. 2020. Marginalised Groups Indicator Report 2018. Statistics South Africa. Pretoria: Statistics South Africa, 2020.