The experiences and concerns of South Africans about the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown

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During the last couple of weeks, we asked South Africans to give us an idea of how the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting lockdown affected them. Participants indicated how concerned they are about several aspects of their lives given the current COVID-19 situation in South Africa. An objective measurement of stress symptoms was also implemented in order to understand the current stress experiences of our people.


1390 people participated since 8 April


To view and explore breakdown results per dimension, please open this dashboard on a PC. This feature is not supported on mobile phones.


Outlook of the Future

Hope about the future

Participants were asked to rate how hopeful they feel about the future given our current situation

Concerns about the future

Participants were asked to rate how much more concerned they are about the future since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in South Africa.


Concerns of South Africans

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Not at all concerned
A little bit concerned
Quite Concerned
Very Concerned
Extremely Concerned

Stress Experiences

Experiences of Psychological Stress Symptoms

This section indicates the norm-based incidence of stress-related psychological symptoms respondents experienced since March 2020. These include symptoms such as frequent upsetting thoughts, constant feelings of uncertainty, mood swings, irritability, etc.

High

Individuals in this category experience high levels of psychological stress symptoms on a regular basis since March 2020

Moderate

Individuals in this category experience moderate levels of psychological stress symptoms since March 2020

Low

Individuals in this category experience low levels of psychological stress symptoms since March 2020

Experiences of Physical Stress Symptoms

This section indicates the norm-based incidence of stress-related physical symptoms respondents experienced since March 2020. These include symptoms such as headaches, nausea, heartburn, eating problems, insomnia, etc.

High

Individuals in this category experience high levels of physical stress symptoms on a regular basis since March 2020

Moderate

Individuals in this category experience moderate levels of physical stress symptoms since March 2020

Low

Individuals in this category experience low levels of physical stress symptoms since March 2020


Top 5 Concerns of Males and Females in South Africa

Female

Females

o
South African Economy
o
Family Health and Wellbeing
o
Personal Finances
o
Providing for Family
o
Food Security
o
South African Economy
o
Family Health and Wellbeing
o
Food Security
o
Pay-cuts
o
Future Career Possibilities
Male

Males


Top Concerns per Province

North West

North West
o
South African Economy
o
Family Health and Wellbeing

Gauteng

Gauteng
o
South African Economy
o
Family Health and Wellbeing

Free State

Free State
o
South African Economy
o
Food Security

Eastern Cape

Eastern Cape
o
South African Economy
o
Food Security

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Kwa-Zulu Natal
o
South African Economy
o
Family Health and Wellbeing

Limpopo

Limpopo
o
South African Economy
o
Pay-cuts

Mpumalanga

Mpumalanga
o
South African Economy
o
Family Health and Wellbeing

Northern Cape

Northern Cape
o
South African Economy
o
Family Health and Wellbeing

Western Cape

Western Cape
o
South African Economy
o
Family Health and Wellbeing

Top 2 Concerns per Age Group

Younger than 20

o

Food Security

o

Family Health and Wellbeing

20 to 29

o

South African Economy

o

Family Health and Wellbeing

30 to 39

o

South African Economy

o

Family Health and Wellbeing

40 to 49

o

South African Economy

o

Providing for Family

50 to 59

o

South African Economy

o

Personal Finances

60 to 69

o

South African Economy

o

Personal Finances

70 to 79

o

South African Economy

o

Personal Finances

Older than 80

o

South African Economy

o

Food Security


Top 2 Concerns per Ethnic Group

African

o

South African Economy

o

Family Health and Wellbeing

Asian

o

South African Economy

o

Food Security

Coloured/Mixed Race

o

South African Economy

o

Family Health and Wellbeing

Indian

o

South African Economy

o

Family Health and Wellbeing

Caucasian(White)

o

South African Economy

o

Family Health and Wellbeing

Other

o

South African Economy

o

Family Health and Wellbeing


Top 2 Concerns per Relationship Status

Married

o

South African Economy

o

Family Health and Wellbeing

Engaged

o

South African Economy

o

Family Health and Wellbeing

Single

o

South African Economy

o

Family Health and Wellbeing

Divorced

o

South African Economy

o

Personal Finances

Widowed

o

South African Economy

o

Family Health and Wellbeing

In a relationship

o

South African Economy

o

Family Health and Wellbeing

Other

o

South African Economy

o

Family Health and Wellbeing


Top 2 Concerns per Employment Type

Fulltime Employed

o

South African Economy

o

Family Health and Wellbeing

Part-time Employed

o

South African Economy

o

Personal Finances

Unemployed

o

Future Career Possibilities

o

South African Economy

Self-employed

o

South African Economy

o

Personal Finances

Pensioner

o

South African Economy

o

Food Security

Student

o

South African Economy

o

Family Health and Wellbeing

Other

o

South African Economy

o

Family Health and Wellbeing


Top 2 Concerns per Employment Environment

Private Sector Corporate
o

South African Economy

o

Family Health and Wellbeing

Small-Medium Enterprise
o

South African Economy

o

Personal Finances

Family Business
o

South African Economy

o

Personal Finances

Public Sector
o

South African Economy

o

Family Health and Wellbeing

Parastatal (e.g. State-Owned Entities, Universities, etc)
o

South African Economy

o

Food Security

Informal Sector
o

South African Economy

o

Personal Finances

Other
o

South African Economy

o

Family Health and Wellbeing


Top 3 sectors with most concerns

Security service

o

Personal Finances

o

Pay-cuts

o

South African Economy

Police Service

o

South African Economy

o

Personal Health and Wellbeing

o

Future Social Interaction

Agriculture, forestry, fishing, and marine resources

o

South African Economy

o

Family Health and Wellbeing

o

Food Security


Important Resources and Contact Information

Corona Virus and COVID-19 24-Hour Hotline:
0800 029 999

Mental Health Information Line: 0800 567 567
Corona Virus and COVID-19 WhatsApp Number:
0600 12 3456
Step 1: Save the number to your contacts on your cell phone.
Step 2: Send the word “Hi” to COVID-19 connect and start chatting.

To visit the Official Corona Virus and COVID-19 South African Resource Portal click here


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