Food supplies and poverty alleviation in the former homeland regions have been very negatively impacted by the Covid-19 crisis. South Africans should be asking tough questions about how to ensure that supplies of food reach the neediest households.
In most rural areas, about 50 per cent of people were unemployed prior to Covid-19, compared to 38 per cent nationally. These levels of joblessness are certain to have grown exponentially in the crisis.
In finding workable solutions It appears unlikely that either local councils or traditional authorities will play a sufficiently effective role.
Business, NGOs, and the government need to collaborate to create an overview of what is happening in these regions and to develop and pioneer innovative solutions which can operate at scale.