How COVID-19 has reduced the quality of life in Gauteng

How COVID-19 has reduced the quality of life in Gauteng

Abstract: The loss of jobs in Gauteng has led to a decline in the quality of life for many residents.

The results for the annual Quality of Life Survey 6 (2020/21) have just been revealed.


The survey, conducted by the Gauteng City-Region Observatory, asked questions of 13,600 residents between late 2020 and early 2021.

According to the report, the quality of life for people living in Gauteng has decreased.

This is as a result of the coronavirus pandemic that has negatively affected the lives of many people.

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Thousands of people living in the province have lost their jobs and businesses have had to close down.  

“A full 11% of all adults in Gauteng lost a job since March 2020, while 4% were forced to permanently close a business,” states Gauteng City-Region Observatory publication.

Sadly, of those who lost a job or closed a business, only 44% subsequently found new employment.

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It is reported that since the first survey six years ago, the quality of life in the province was showing signs of improvement, but the pandemic reversed this progress.

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