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04 June 2020

HSRC and UJ to release the findings of the online multilingual COVID-19 Democracy Survey

Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)
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Pretoria, Wednesday 03 June 2020 –  As the country enters the lockdown alert level 3 and the schools prepare for the phased reopening, the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and the University of Johannesburg (UJ) will release the findings of the Covid-19 Democracy Survey, an online multilingual survey that focused on class, mental health and human Rights.

The results of the three-phase survey, which was conducted in April and May this year by UJ’s Centre for Social Change and the HSRC’s Developmental, Capable and Ethical State division, will be released during a webinar on Thursday, 04 June 2020 at 10h30.

The three phases of the survey cover 13–18 April, 18–27 April and the period from 27 April to 13 May 2020.

At the webinar, the research team will share insights on class, mental health and human rights gained from the survey, which is a valuable contribution to South Africa’s COVID-19 research effort from a social science and humanities perspective.

The findings will touch on how the lockdown has affected the mental health of South Africans and cover sections on class, schools and masks; the paradox of human rights during a pandemic; and the role of social sciences and humanities in COVID-19 research.

The team comprises Prof Crain Soudien (HSRC CEO), Prof Mark Orkin (Associate Research Fellow at UJ’s CSC), Prof Narnia Bohler-Muller (HSRC Divisional Director), Prof Kate Alexander (Chair of Social Change at UJ), Dr Benjamin Roberts (HSRC Research Director) Dr Yul Derek Davids (HSRC Research Director) and Prof Carin Runciman (UJ’s CSC).

This webinar can only be accessed via the Zoom link: Please download Zoom beforehand.
Details of the Webinar
Date:        04 June 2020
Time:        10h30 to 13:30
Zoom Link:

For more information or to set up interviews, please contact Adziliwi Nematandani, 0827659191, email:

About the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

The HSRC was established in 1968 as South Africa’s statutory research agency and has grown to become the largest dedicated research institute in the social sciences and humanities on the African continent, doing cutting-edge public research in areas that are crucial to development.

Our mandate is to inform the effective formulation and monitoring of government policy; to evaluate policy implementation; to stimulate public debate through the effective dissemination of research-based data and fact-based research results; to foster research collaboration; and to help build research capacity and infrastructure for the human sciences.

The Council conducts large-scale, policy-relevant, social-scientific research for public sector users, non-governmental organizations and international development agencies. Research activities and structures are closely aligned with South Africa’s national development priorities.

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