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Media coverage in South Africa shows increased calls for Covid-19 communication

The seventh edition of ongoing media research and analysis on Covid-19 shows increased calls for communication by the president, which will help to clarify how soon the economy will open up. News stories across traditional, online and social media point to the need for clear communication that covers where the nation is and how the novel coronavirus is dealt with across all spheres of society.

COVID-19 Media Coverage - Word Cloud and Top Audience - 6 to 12 May 2020

COVID-19 Media Coverage – Word Cloud and Top Audience – 6 to 12 May 2020

The past week’s media analysis also shows how some level 4 lockdown regulations translate across various industries and the nation as people navigate their way through changing times. Some of the coverage this week looks at the economic impact of extended lockdown regulations and anxiety around how industries will recover when restrictions change. There were increased mentions of the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) following their announcement on readiness to implement the Social Relief of Distress Grant.

READ: COVID-19 news coverage in South Africa shows increase in online media stories

Media sample data collected from online, print and broadcast sources from 6 to 12 May, 2020 shows 5 795 media items from across all platforms. National media sources took the lead in reporting about Covid-19 which includes both online and traditional media. The Western Cape continues to take the lead in regional coverage followed by Gauteng and the Limpopo Province which is slowly becoming a regular regional feature from a coverage perspective.

READ: COVID-19 coronavirus dominates the media in South Africa

Brand Intelligence® firm Ornico has committed its resources to assist the communication industry and will be working closely with the Public Relations Institute of Southern Africa (PRISA) and other industry role players to help understand reportage around the pandemic. This will help professional communicators to improve critical messaging and to direct it to relevant audiences.

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COVID-19 infographic - 6 to 12 May 2020

COVID-19 infographic – 6 to 12 May 2020


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