South Africa’s 21-day lockdown period starts from midnight. On the African continent, the country has surpassed Egypt with the highest number of confirmed Covid-19 cases, with all nine provinces of the country hit.
With only a few hours to total shutdown, street vendor, Teboho Tsimo, cashes in by selling facemasks, gloves and sanitizers in the Crown Mines area of Johannesburg. Like other small traders, Tsimo’s business will be severely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The lockdown was announced on March 23 by the country’s President Cyril Ramaphosa who said a relief fund will be made available for small businesses. But addressing the media the following day, Minister of Small Business Development, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, said any misuse by entrepreneurs will be penalized by a 10% interest rate payment.
[PHOTO OF THE DAY] South Africa: 33 Hours To Lockdown
South Africa’s 21-day lockdown period starts from March 26 until April 16. On the African continent, the country has surpassed Egypt with the highest number of confirmed Covid-19 cases – 709 as of today, and steadily climbing, with all nine provinces of the country hit. In his address to the nation on Monday, President Cyril Ramaphosa pleaded with the public to avoid panic shopping that would disrupt the food supply chain. But in anticipation of the national shutdown, South Africans pay no heed as they queue up at retail stores. In this picture, shoppers line up with trolleys outside a major store in Johannesburg, also risking the spread of the coronavirus.
Painting The Town Red
On February 28, Sandton, known as Africa’s richest square mile, witnessed a wave of red berets and angry faces, as members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) took to the leafy streets lined with commercial buildings, to protest the power cuts crippling South Africa. The country has seen a spate of load-shedding in recent months due to the Eskom crisis. In this image, an EFF member lapses into a serene moment, looking up helplessly, amidst all the singing and chanting at Innesfree Park where the masses had gathered ahead of a march to the state power utility’s head offices in Sunninghill, singing struggle songs and disrupting traffic.
Image by Motlabana Monnakgotla
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