COVID-19 – the Impact on Children with Autism, their Parents and/or Caregivers

The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc with the daily lives of autistic people. Regulations to flatten the curve in South Africa have caused drastic changes in the routines of autistic people because of the closure of early education centres (ECDs), schools and adult learning centres as well as the workplaces of their parents and caregivers….

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Working Women: The Positive Effects of COVID-19 on Working Mothers

There is a significant number of women participating in all spheres of economic activity, while also caring for their families and elderly parents, furthering their own academic studies and maintaining social and spiritual balance. Mothers are spending more time in the labour force than in the past but also more time dealing with child care….

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Exploring Personal Experiences, Feelings and Events During COVID-19 in SA

The COVID-19 pandemic wave that spread like wildfire was similar to a personal wave of anxiety with tension heightened by media images and reports of increasing daily infections and deaths, leading to a desire to keep one’s family safe. There was a sense of panic at home, with people physically distant and locked-up… in a…

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COVID-19 Propels the New Digital Era in SA Higher Education Institutions

The global pandemic COVID-19 has created major disruption across the world. Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) have been affected significantly, with students and staff vacating campuses as lockdowns approached. With this came the drastic decision at UKZN – a face-to-face higher education institution – to move to online teaching. As a result of the sudden onset…

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South Africa Supports Sharing Anti-COVID-19 Health Products and Technology Access Pool

On May 14, President Cyril Ramaphosa joined 139 other heads of state, former heads of state, and other prominent public figures in a letter announcing support for The People’s Vaccine (https://www.unaids.org/en/resources/presscentre/featurestories/2020/may/20200514_covid19-vaccine-open-letter).  The letter stated that: ‘Governments and international partners must unite around a global guarantee which ensures that, when a safe and effective vaccine is…

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Human Resource Management practice during COVID-19: A South African perspective

The trajectory of the COVID-19 pandemic in South Africa has not followed the expected path predicted by experts such as the World Health Organisation (WHO). It was thought that our population would be decimated on a scale never seen before, health systems would collapse completely, and the mortality rate would rival that of those in…

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Who is the right “MAN” for the Job?

In times of crisis, who are you going to trust to lead you into a more positive and stable future? Historical evidence suggests that women have proved themselves to be better leaders than their male counterparts during crises, names like Simira Bandaranaike, Isabel Martinez de Peron and Indira Gandhi come to mind. In the latest…

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