Despite COVID jab launch in South Africa, frustrations persist
Johannesburg, South Africa When the South African government launched its long-awaited coronavirus vaccination campaign on Wednesday, Johanna Monama did not pay much attention.
Instead of following live televised coverage of healthcare workers and President Cyril Ramaphosa rolling up his sleeves, Monama, 34, was dealing with other problems: hunger, housing and despair. A single mother of a 13-year-old boy, she has struggled without a steady income since losing her job at a major South African bank last year.
After she was fired, Monama, an auxiliary social worker, became involved in community work for which she receives a small stipend. When registering people for food parcels in a low-income neighborhood east of downtown Johannesburg, he realized that his personal problems …