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Jacob Zuma’s jail sentence lifted SA’s mood - Gross National Happiness Index, UJ

2 July 2021 1:44 PM
Tags:
Springboks
Happiness
University of Johannesburg
Mandy Wiener
Gross National Happiness Index
Lockdown
midday report

Mandy Wiener interviews Professor Talita Greyling, a Wellbeing Economist at the University of Johannesburg.
  • South Africa is a depressed nation, more so after the latest adjustment to lockdown regulations than at any time since the inception of the Gross National Happiness Index by the University of Johannesburg

  • The national mood lifted after the Constitutional Court sentenced former President Jacob Zuma to 15 months in prison


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South Africans have never been this unhappy, according to the University of Johannesburg’s Gross National Happiness Index.

Happiness levels reached a record low after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a harder lockdown on Sunday.

However, former President Jacob Zuma’s imminent arrest seems to have lifted the nation’s mood.

South Africa’s spirits were measured to be at an all-time high following the Springboks’ World Cup victory in 2019.

Mandy Wiener interviewed Professor Talita Greyling, a Wellbeing Economist at the University of Johannesburg (scroll up to listen).

Greyling measures the national mood in real-time by studying tweets.

We use… machine learning to analyse tweets for underlying sentiment…

Professor Talita Greyling, Wellbeing Economist - University of Johannesburg

People are very concerned about Covid… We see sadness… and concern about the slow rollout of vaccines… Then, all of a sudden, I saw the index moving upwards! … President Zuma [sentenced to jail] … that was the surge we saw…

Professor Talita Greyling, Wellbeing Economist - University of Johannesburg



2 July 2021 1:44 PM
Tags:
Springboks
Happiness
University of Johannesburg
Mandy Wiener
Gross National Happiness Index
Lockdown
midday report

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