COVID-19 is pushing available services to the limit and testing a fragile interdependent and complex system, writes Zahid Badroodien, mayoral committee member for Community Services and Health at the City of Cape Town.
Words: Zahid Badroodien Images: Nicky Newman
In this period, and as a result of the various lockdown levels, many communities suffer from ongoing and worsening levels of hunger, unemployment, lack of income and economic downturn. They are also experiencing social distress due to strict restrictions relating to funerals, religious events and a cessation of normal social interactions from family gatherings.
The lockdown has also turned the spotlight on the needs of our homeless community, from the growing number of individuals sleeping rough across our city to their holistic care relating to health, psychosocial, emotional and rehabilitative needs.