I spent today in Masipumelele a relatively okay township mushrooming in the Deep South. When I say it is okay I mean it is not a total slum. And even though I still shit myself a little bit when I walk in there on my own I know some of the people who work for me live there. And they all have good hearts and if you extrapolate this there must be more good than bad amidst that chaotic corrugated-iron confusion.My mission was to try and capture a few personal stories from the COVID19 coal face vox pop kinda fluffy stuff about how Corona has changed lives how it is affecting financial futures whether theres less crime what people really believe about the China virus And of course whether the concept of lockdown is actually working beyond your Netflix viewing schedule and the backyard picket fence where you yes you hang about with binoculars so you can moan on-line about the absurdity of some geriatric (very old) gentleman taking his dog for a walk. I mean the horror!!The bottom line is a resounding NO. People in a township cannot physically self-isolate it is virtually impossible no matter how scared they may be of this virus (and a lot of them are). Life has to spill over into the outside yards and streets because there are four or six or maybe more people to a room. And somehow someone needs to put the next meal on the table (and yes your corny beans-on-toast meme would be a heaven-sent meal here).FULL TEXT AVAILABLE. Feature by Jacques Marais
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