In late March 2020, the idea for a rapid survey to assess the impact of COVID-19 on South Africa was first conceived by Dr Nic Spaull of Stellenbosch University, together with several researchers from across the country. SALDRU quickly became involved in helping to make this happen and NIDS-CRAM was born.
This article contributes to the literature on COVID-19 learning losses by providing one of the first pieces of evidence on the impact of COVID-19 on learning from a developing country. Early grade reading gains for different cohorts of learners at the same schools in South Africa are compared.
The first pilot of the Basic Package of Support (BPS) programme will be implemented in Atlantis, situated some 70km from Cape Town in the Western Cape, later in 2021. In preparation for the pilot launch, the first site visit was held in March and with further conversations in May and June.
In April, The Conversation published an article written by Ariane De Lannoy, together with Lauren Graham and Leila Patel. The authors argue that assessing youth employability interventions based solely on job placement is inadequate, as this ignores other outcomes which are also important, particularly in environments of high structural unemployment
South Africa’s national accounts were last rebased and benchmarked in 2014. The next rebasing should have been done in 2019, was rescheduled to 2020, but was deferred due to the unusual circumstances of the year. The rebasing of the national accounts has, in the past, been accompanied by substantial upward revisions to both the level of GDP and prior growth rates.