According to the SA Depression and Anxiety Group (Sadag), a second wave of crisis facing the country would be the psychological impact of Covid-19 and which would be “much more devastating and longer-lasting than Covid-19”. In addition to the numerous social and economic disruptions that have placed many South Africans at a disadvantage, reports show that women bear the bigger burden of the pandemic mentally.
“Of the approximately three million people who lost their jobs between February and April 2020 due to Covid-19, women accounted for two million jobs lost. In addition to taking on more domestic responsibilities at home, contending with economic uncertainty and in some cases, Gender Based Violence, anxiety and depression is on the rise for women, more notably in the workplace,” says Aadil Patel Director and National Head of the Employment practice at Commercial law firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr
“A productive and efficient workplace requires healthy employees, and employers need to do everything in their capacity to empower women and put measures in place to provide support especially during the pandemic,” adds Patel.