Activism in uncertain times – Episode 5: Coronavirus – a health workers’ speak-out

On 1 May 2020 – health workers in South Africa downed tools to highlight the plight of Covid-19 frontline workers who are expected to care for the sick and infected, with minimal safeguards and support from government, clinics and hospitals.

Health workers are making calls for material recognition of the severe risks involved in their daily tasks. Their demands –  which include personal protective equipment, a danger allowance, tax breaks, additional training and job security –  echo internationally.

For this episode, we focus on:

  • how this public health emergency shapes the experiences of health workers in our hospitals, clinics and communities
  • what health workers are demanding in this moment and why
  • what activists can do to support these demands


Lerato Madumo-Gova – President, Young Nurses Indaba Trade Union

Marthenique Marinus – Western Cape Provincial Secretary, Hospersa

Dr Gilberto Manhica – President, Mozambique Medical Council


Tuesday, 12 May 2020
13:00 – 14:30

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