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newsEngineering News reports a recent research report reveals that government’s Covid-19 response needs to be targeted more carefully to the distinctive challenges and opportunities of different places.  

The 'Visagie & Turok 2020' report, compiled by research professor Ivan Turok and HSRC research specialist Justin Visagie, points out that a nationwide approach that treats places equally will not even maintain let alone narrow the unemployment gaps between them.  The authors also reveal that all regions lost about a fifth of their jobs between February and April, although the cities began to show signs of recovery with the easing of the lockdown to Alert Level 3.  Half of all adults in rural areas were unemployed by June, compared with a third in the metropolitans.  “So the crisis has amplified pre-existing disparities between cities and rural areas,” the authors state.  They also found that the crisis has enlarged the chasm between suburbs, townships and informal settlements within cities.  More than a third of all shack dwellers (36%) lost their jobs between February and April, compared with 24% in the townships and 14% in the suburbs.  Further, while the report finds that government grants have helped to ameliorate hardship in poor communities, it notes that premature withdrawal of temporary relief schemes would be a “serious setback” for people, such as unemployed men who have come to rely on these resources following the collapse of jobs.

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