#14: Gwen Ngwenya on the Covid-19 Pandemic, South Africa’s Economy and Local Government Elections

 #14: Gwen Ngwenya on the Covid-19 Pandemic, South Africa’s Economy and Local Government Elections

I am joined today (albeit virtually) by the Democratic Alliance’s Head of Policy, Gwen Ngwenya. 

We talk about the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and the response to it, which has compounded, and now threatens to push over the edge, South Africa’s fragile economy. We zoom in on the unemployment crisis described by some economists as a “bloodbath”. Further, we talk about what can be done in the meantime to ameliorate this bleak outlook.

Moreover, we briefly talk about the pending local government elections and what they mean (and do not mean). Gwen clarifies and distinguishes local government elections from national government elections and gives pointers about what to look out for. She further responds to questions posed about the DA and its governance record.

Philasande Shongwe

Philasande Shongwe is financial manager and Nocturnal Unwrap Podcast host at Nova Mentis.