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Rapid assessment on the impact of COVID-19 on Grade 12 learners receiving social protection intervention

Discussions are based on the study commissioned by the Department of Social Development M&E Department to provide insights on challenges faced by learners, and how they coped with the changing modes of teaching and learning. In addition, the study shed light on possible impact of the pandemic on access to social services for Grade 12 learners. The study interviewed 363 Grade 12 learners receiving social protection in the provinces of KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape and Gauteng. In addition, the study conducted in-depth interviews on 15 key informants to ascertain a perspective of impact from those responsible for supporting learners with social and educational necessities.


Nompumelelo Nzimande is a Demographer at the School of the Built Environment and Development Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and is the Head of the disciplines of Population and Development Studies within the School. She has conducted extensive research on demographic prospects in Southern Africa; integration of demographic factors into development plans; and capacity development in the implementation of the population policy.

Professor Hangwelani Magidimisha-Chipungu is an academic in the Department of Town and Regional Planning, University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). She is the first black South African born women to be appointed Associate Professor in Town and Regional Planning at UKZN with a Masters in the same field and a degree in Geography and Environment – both from UKZN. Prof Magidimisha-Chipungu is the SARChI Chair in Inclusive Cities in South Africa.

Attached is the Final RAPID ASSESSMENT REPORT.pdf