According to the mayor of the city, about a million people need food aid due to the restrictions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic in Johannesburg, the richest city in South Africa.
South Africa has less than 9,000 infections so far, even though it is one of the highest balances on the African continent. The government issued detention measures at the end of March that closed schools and businesses and only allowed key workers to leave their homes. Around 300,000 households in Johannesburg currently need food aid, Mayor Geoff Makhubo said in a telephone interview.
“The more people get unemployed, the more poverty and food insecurity there is,” said Bloomberg. “Social fear is real,” he added.
Even before the measures were taken, 45 percent of the city’s 5.5 million inhabitants lived in poverty and 20 percent were food insecure, according to the mayor. Makhubo said the city of Johannesburg was planning to provide food aid to vulnerable households and would use national social security agency data along with its own information to search for people who were not in the social security system.