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Surviving The Lockdown In Soweto

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As South Africa grapples with the Covid-19 pandemic and faces its eleventh day of the three-week lockdown, big businesses and retail establishments remain shut as people work from home.

But in South Africa’s dense townships, where people live in close proximity to each other, self-isolation is an everyday challenge. 

In the urban township of Soweto, there are no confirmed reports of positive Covid-19 cases among residents, so the throngs on the streets and queues outside grocery stores have not all disappeared.

In this image, Mfaniseni Qwabe, a senior citizen who operates a small business selling sweets and snacks, sits outside his yard, to take in some fresh air, wearing a mask.

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