‘Coronanomics’ amid the COVID-19 Outbreak: Sub Saharan African Socio-economic Effects and Lessons

Main Article Content

Wiza Munyeka
Pandelani Harry Munzhedzi


Coronavirus disease of 2019 (COVID-19) is a virus causing mayhem across the globe. The virus first emerged in China in December of 2019 and has in a short span affected multiple countries. The World Health Organisation (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic due to its massive spread over a short space of time. The COVID-19 outbreak raised exceptional ethical predicaments because it made demands on society from all sectors of life, not only in sub-Saharan Africa but across the globe. Owing to the COVID-19, a lot of negative impacts on human activities in terms of private and work-life have been affected and life as the world knows it, has changed. There is no doubt that the rapid spread of COVID-19 is having an impact on businesses around the world, and notably on the relationship between organisations and their respective employees. COVID-19 also resulted in social distancing, self-isolation, and travel restrictions. This forced a decrease in the workforce across all economic sectors and caused many jobs losses with some jobs projected to be lost after the pandemic is over. Globally, on one hand, many schools and institutions of higher learning had closed, and the need for commodities and manufactured products had declined. On the other hand, the need for medical supplies and amenities significantly increased. At the height of the pandemic, the food sector had also seen a great demand due to panic-buying and amassing of food products. In response to this global outbreak, this article summarises the socio-economic effects of COVID-19 on Sub-Saharan Africa. The article is conceptual since it collects data through reviewing existing literature, policies, and relevant reports. The article further proposes recommendations to adequately address the native effects of the pandemic.

Article Details

How to Cite
Munyeka, W., & Munzhedzi, P. (2022). ‘Coronanomics’ amid the COVID-19 Outbreak: Sub Saharan African Socio-economic Effects and Lessons. African Journal of Governance & Development, 11(1.2), 290-306. https://doi.org/10.36369/2616-9045/2022/v11si2a5
Author Biography

Wiza Munyeka, University of Venda

Wiza Munyeka is a Ph.D. graduate from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa). He is a lecturer at the University of Venda where he delivers courses on Contemporary Issues in Human Resource Management, Labour Relations, and Occupational Psychology. He received his Master of Commerce Degree specializing in Organisational Development/Behaviour at the University of Limpopo in South Africa (Turf Loop Campus). He has work experience in teaching and has written papers on Human Resource Management, Economics, and Business Management. He has published in various South African and international journals. He was also the lead author of two book projects, “Human Resource Management & Employment Relations in South Africa: Contemporary Theory & Practice. (Editor A.J Duplesis) Juta Publishers. ISBN 9781485102700. (2015)” His Contribution was two chapters: CHAPTER 2: HRM Functions, Responsibilities & Competencies and CHAPTER 4: HR Planning & Labour Forecasting and “Human Resource Management in Southern Africa: Contemporary Theory and Professional Practice Standards. Endorsed by the SABPP. (Editor L. Gie) Juta Publishers. ISBN 978 1 48513 106 9. (2021).” His contribution was two chapters: CHAPTER 3: Strategic HRM and CHAPTER 4: Talent Management.