Sipho Mabena
Premium Journalist
3 minute read
4 Mar 2021
5:05 am

‘Skip generation households’: Covid-19’s unseen victims

Sipho Mabena

Stats SA figures say one in five households in the country is headed by an older person.

Healthcare workers are seen at the Nasrec Field Hospital for Covid-19, 25 January 2021. Picture: Michel Bega

The Covid-19 pandemic has been particularly ravaging to the aged, taking away grandparents who play a central role in raising grandchildren, many a time the only guardians, particular in poor communities. According to SA Medical Research Council, since 3 May last year, there have been about 85 000 deaths of people over the age of 60, mostly as a result of Covid-19. These are grandparents who look after and take care of the grandchildren while their parents are out working. In many cases, grandparents are not only breadwinners with their pension grants, but are also the only person or social...