This report highlights a summary of some of the key issues that have emerged from extensive consultations and brief reports from our RWA country chapters in Southern Africa. More than ten countries have contributed their perspectives of the situation in the region.
As we write, the region is in a state of general lockdown. In the past week many governments announced lockdowns. Schools, universities, many shops, factories and tourist attractions and activities are shut, only essential services are allowed to operate. Sadly, as elsewhere in the world, there is no regional response to the crisis which is what is so urgently required. It is clear that our regional governments are completely unprepared. There appears to be no gearing up nor have these governments begun to think what collective tasks, manufacturing of equipment, sharing of information and supportive services etc, is required.