GCRO launches results from its Quality of Life Survey 6 (2020/21)

  • Date of publication: 27 September 2021

The Quality of Life 6 Survey results was launched on 9 September 2021 in an online event hosted by Wits University with over 300 people in attendance.

The launch presentation was responded to by a panel of guest speakers chaired by GCRO’s new Executive Director, Mr Rashid Seedat. The panel included Dr Nic Spaull, Co-principal Investigator of the NIDS-CRAM survey and Senior Researcher, Economics Department, Stellenbosch University; Cllr Aletta Mashigo, SALGA Gauteng Chairperson and Councillor, City of Ekurhuleni; Mr Ray Hartley, Deputy Director, Brenthurst Foundation; Dr Ayodele Odusola, SA Resident Representative UNDP; and an overarching response from Mr Mduduzi Mbada on behalf of the Honourable Premier of Gauteng, Mr David Makhura.

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From the left: Graeme Gotz, Julia de Kadt and Rashid Seedat, GCRO’s presenters and hosts for the Quality of Life Survey 6 (2020/21) launch.

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Photo of the GCRO team working on the launch.

The Quality of Life survey 6 (2020/21) dataset records the lived experiences of 13 616 of Gauteng’s residents. Participants were randomly sampled in each ward of the province. Data was collected by a team of dedicated fieldworkers from October 2020 to May 2021. Mr Rashid Seedat, Executive Director of GCRO, in response to the circumstances of data collection: “There is no doubt that 2020 and 2021 will go down in the history of the world as an extraordinary period. The results of the survey reflect the mood of a City-Region confronted by a new, uncertain and challenging social and economic reality brought about by the pandemic.”

The overview report of the Quality of Life 6 Survey can be found here.

Recording of the event:

Listed below is a selection of articles and media coverage received after the launch of the QoL 6 (2020/21) findings:

Opinion pieces by GCRO staff

Gauteng City-Region Observatory (2021) Covid fallout: Vulnerability and signs of recovery in Gauteng. Daily Maverick. 9 September 2021

Mkhize, SP., Parker, A., de Kadt, J. (2021) Gauteng health and wellbeing survey highlights the plight of women and black Africans. Daily Maverick. 19 September 2021

Parker, A. (2021) Eighteen months after the start of the Covid-19 pandemic women are faring worse than men, Quality of Life survey shows. Daily Maverick. 21 September 2021

Hatcher, A., de Kadt, J., Mkhize, SP., Parker, A. (2021) Fixing data blind spots is the key to solving violence against women and children. Daily Maverick. 5 October 2021.

Naidoo, Y., de Kadt, J., Parker, A. (2021) Quality of life declines in Gauteng, deepening inequality. Daily Maverick. 13 October 2021

Online articles

Engineering News, Quality of life in Gauteng declines amid pandemic, survey finds, 9 September 2021

Sowetan Live, Covid-19 hits Gauteng residents hard as more people lose their jobs: survey, 9 September 2021

Times Live, Despite suffering, most Gautengers happy with state’s response to pandemic, 9 September 2021

Fin24, ANALYSIS | 'SA going in wrong direction' - Gauteng residents more fed up with govt than before, 9 September 2021

702 News, Palm Ridge leaks waste water while Joburgers have to contend with restrictions, 9 September 2021

Daily Maverick, Covid-19 takes a scythe to Gauteng’s quality of life, 9 September 2021

Daily Maverick, Gauteng Quality of Life Survey: Informal settlements are hit the hardest by effects of climate change, 9 September 2021

News24, Return to employment more likely for whites, men and highly educated people - survey, 9 September 2021

BusinessLive, Tough election ahead for Gauteng ANC as trust in government plummets, 10 September 2021

EWN, Survey shows quality of life is declining in Gauteng, 10 September 2021

News24, Quality of life in Gauteng has decreased during Covid-19 pandemic - survey, 10 September 2021

EWN, 11% of Gauteng residents lost a job during pandemic - survey, 11 September 2021

Bird, W., Smith, T. (2021) Disinformation in a time of Covid-19: While lying delights in darkness, transparency shines a light. Daily Maverick. 12 September 2021

SundayIndependent, Will the state of governance sway electoral outcomes?, 14 September 2021

Broadcast

Alexandra Parker spoke to John Matham on Cape Talk on 7 October 2021 about "Fixing data blind spots is the key to solving violence against women and children"

Yashena Naidoo was interviewed on SAFM on overall quality of life, 17 September 2021

Sthembiso Pollen Mkhize was interviewed by Wits Vuvuzela on overall quality of life in Gauteng, 15 September 2021.

Ngaka Mosiane was interviewed by David Mashabela on Radio 2000 about Quality of Life Survey 6 results. 13 September 2021.

Ngaka Mosiane was interviewed on YouFM, Rustenburg about Quality of Life Survey 6 results. 13 September 2021.

Graeme Gotz was interviewed on Radio 786 about Quality of Life Survey 6 results. 11 September 2021.

Graeme Gotz was interviewed by Shahan Ramkissoon on ENCA about Quality of Life Survey 6 results. 10 September 2021.

Graeme Gotz was interviewed by Stephen Grootes on SAFM about Quality of Life Survey 6 results. 10 September 2021.

Darlington Mushongera was interviewed on PowerFM about Quality of Life Survey 6 results. 10 September 2021.

Julia de Kadt was interviewed on CapeTalk/702 with Mandy Weiner about Quality of Life Survey 6 results. 10 September 2021.

Gillian Maree was interview on SAFM on the Quality of Life Survey 6 results, 9 September 2021.

Rashid Seedat was interviewed by Brooke Tyler on eTV about Quality of Life 6 survey results, 9 September 2021.

Graeme Gotz was interviewed on Newzroom Afrika about Quality of Life Survey 6 results. 9 September 2021.

Julia de Kadt was interviewed on SABC TV Today with Lindokuhle Simelane about Quality of Life Survey 6 results. 9 September 2021.

Christian Hamann was interviewed by Beeld on Quality of Life Survey 6 results. 9 September 2021.

Alexandra Parker was interviewed by John Perlman on 702 about Quality of Life Survey 6 results. 9 September 2021.

Gillian Maree and Samkelisiwe Khanyile were interviewed on SABC TV News about Quality of Life Survey 6 results. 9 September 2021.

Alexandra Parker was interviewed on KayaFM about Quality of Life Survey 6 results. 9 September 2021.

Sthembiso Pollen Mkhize was interviewed by YFM on youth wellbeing and quality of life in Gauteng, 09 September 2021.

Rashid Seedat was interviewed on Radio Islam about Quality of Life Survey 6 results.

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