UKZN Master of Social Sciences graduate Ms Andisiwe Dlamini researched the impact of the COVID-19 lockdown on the livelihoods of Cato Manor citizens and explored the use of social grants such as the Child Support Grant and the Social Relief of Distress (SRD).
Dlamini says she wanted to explore the post-recovery position of people as this would benefit society by showing the important role played by social grants and influence the decision on a Basic Income Grant for South Africa.
She found the pandemic worsened Cato Manor’s high unemployment rate, with small, informal businesses suffering. However, she discovered social and SRD grants played a crucial role in assisting members of society to afford essentials.
She recounted some of her favourite moments from the study. ‘The most interesting time was collecting primary data through fieldwork,’ said Dlamini. ‘It was interesting to interact with the members of the Cato Manor community of all ages, with different experiences. Going forward, I will use what I have learned here going forward in my career.’
She is currently focusing on working and building her career and experience.
Dlamini encouraged her peers to keep going to complete their degrees.