People’s experience of the lockdown has varied greatly with some people experiencing discomfort where lockdown has been stressful and inconvenient but people were able to adhere to the restrictions put in place such as to be able to socially distance, to buy food and hole up at home; to occupy themselves at home as their lives were disrupted.
Whereas, other people faced immense challenges when the lockdown came into effect. Some of the challenges were that it was impossible for people to socially /physically distance; people lost jobs and subsequently were unable to care for themselves and their loved ones and people went hungry.
These vast differences in the experience of lockdown is due to the very different lived experiences people in SA face – the difference between those who are rich and those who are poor. This video was developed as a teaching and advocacy tool as part of a practicum module for the Masters in Public Health course at UCT. The video uses interview snippets to showcase community experiences of the lockdown and to help students, academics, researchers, decision makers and the broader audience to understand what the lockdown has meant for people.