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09 July 2021

Shack dwellers hit hardest by Covid

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‘Backyarders’ and people living in informal settlements have borne the brunt of job and livelihood losses as a result of the pandemic, and have found it hardest to recover

It’s difficult to imagine how the misery could get much worse for families living in makeshift shacks on the Cape Flats during the winter storms each year, when it’s blowing a gale, the ground has flooded and the temperature has plummeted. Yet new evidence from the Nids-Cram survey shows that it is these residents — those living in informal settlements and backyard dwellings — who suffered the biggest hardships over the past 12-15 months. Visagie and Turok are with Human Sciences Research Council and the University of the Free State’s department of economics & finance

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