Creative Work

October 26, 2020

The Lockdown: Community Experiences

Natasha Kannemeyer

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.

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Natasha Kannemeyer

About Natasha Kannemeyer

Natasha Kannemeyer has a BA in Psychology from the University of Otago and is currently enrolled in the Masters for Public Health (MPH) degree at the University of Cape Town (UCT). She works in the Division of Social and Behavioural Sciences (DSBS), School of Public Health and Family Medicine at UCT as a Project Coordinator working on research dissemination for the Division through the DSBS Fieldnotes website. Her research interests lie in maternal and child health and strengthening community voices around social determinants of health. She also has a keen interest in the use of video and how this gives voice and meaning to people around the challenges they face. She is passionate about yoga, mindfulness and meditation and their use in health, wellbeing and healing .