Religious live-streaming in response to coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown in South Africa

Verbum et Ecclesia


 
 
Field Value
 
Title Religious live-streaming in response to coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown in South Africa
 
Creator Kgatle, Mookgo Solomon
 
Subject Theology; media studies coronavirus disease 2019; COVID-19; lockdown; social media; religion; Churches; World Health Organization; live-streaming
Description he novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a virus that firstly struck in Wuhan, China, but its impact is felt by the whole world. The spread of the virus in South Africa caused President Cyril Ramaphosa to announce a national state of disaster in the country on 15 March 2020. Subsequently, on 23 March 2020, the President announced a total shutdown of the economy, which is also known as lockdown, effective from 26 March 2020. The restrictions of the lockdown affected different churches regardless of the denomination name. Churches were not allowed to congregate during this period for the safety of their followers and the citizens. This article reflects on the use of live-streaming via social media platforms such as zoom, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other apps by many churches in South Africa as a response or a way of coping with the lockdown. The argument is that although these various platforms proved to be effective on the one hand, they also raised other challenges on the other hand. The article will look at the ways of mediating the challenges of live-streaming and make recommendations.Intradisciplinary and/or interdisciplinary implications: The article is an interdisciplinary study between theology and media studies. The study seeks to demonstrate how churches used live-streaming via social media to cope with the restrictions of the lockdown in South Africa.
 
Publisher AOSIS
 
Contributor University of South Africa
Date 2020-12-15
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — content media analysis
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/ve.v41i1.2120
 
Source Verbum et Ecclesia; Vol 41, No 1 (2020); 6 pages 2074-7705 1609-9982
 
Language eng
 
Relation https://verbumetecclesia.org.za/index.php/ve/article/view/2120/4384 https://verbumetecclesia.org.za/index.php/ve/article/view/2120/4383 https://verbumetecclesia.org.za/index.php/ve/article/view/2120/4385 https://verbumetecclesia.org.za/index.php/ve/article/view/2120/4382
 
Coverage South Africa 21st century Corona virus disease
Rights Copyright (c) 2020 Mookgo S. Kgatle https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0