Staff Reporter – The Zimbabwe Daily

Johannesburg, South Africa – According to Mthandazo Ndlovu, Oxfam South Africa’s Democracy and Governance Manager many South Africans are likely to go hungry during this COVID-19 pandemic.

Ndlovu has attributed this to loss of income due to massive retrenchments and closure of businesses.

“COVID-19 has caused inequality retrenchments which have created unemployment drought hotspots for hunger.

Just under 50 percent of all South Africans are living below the Poverty Datum Line (PDL).

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The government has to maximize the COVID-19 social relief fund to avoid devastating results.

Moreover, there must be a fairer way of distributing food and regulating food prices as well as a basic income grant,” said Ndlovu.

Although South Africa is expecting a bumper food harvest this year, the repercussions of COVID-19 are likely going to see many people failing to procure basic food stuffs due to lack of income.