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The days of corona – when simply walking is risky

Guest writer Greetings, Below is a short account of my first coronavirus lockdown experience in the early days in late March, and a further short piece from 1918 (no, I’m not a survivor of that flu; it was a bit before my time). Normally I would not do anything as stupidly dangerous as walking home Read more >

Load shedding blues for some communities

Betsie du Plooy Since lockdown started, the Govan Mbeki Municipality (GMM) started their own load shedding. From day one, Bethal and the townships of Embalenhle and Emzinoni had load shedding, at times for three or four hours per day, and other times for up to seven or eight hours. They created a so-called schedule, but Read more >

“The people are starving, many families are out of food”

Guest contributors These are some of the experiences shared with us: Monica de KockStrange how to keep oxygen in your blood, you must essentially be outdoors, exercising or taking in sunlight, otherwise your oxygen levels drop. The Corona virus, however, affects oxygen levels in your red blood cells. We have a huge open space, but Read more >

Drugs an extra element of danger in Covid-19 pandemic

Guest contributor Good day I’m not happy at all. In my area we have nyaope (street drug) boys, prostitutes and car jackers at the notorious Protea Glen Ext11 Shell garage. The police have chased these guys from Shell thinking all is well when they don’t see them there. They are now behind Shell, close to Read more >

Corruption means no fresh water, no explanation

Guest Contributor I have decided to quarantine in Elandskraal Village in Limpopo and unfortunately, it has become my first encounter with inhumane and corrupt leadership. As I am sending this e-mail, the residents have not had water for over two weeks, and there is no transparency or communication from the local municipality to explain the Read more >

Food parcel distribution falls prey to corruption

Guest contributors Since establishing the Lockdown Life blog several weeks ago, Corruption Watch has received many personal experiences from readers in the national lockdown. We’ve heard everything from heart-warming lockdown survival hacks, and stories of small business owners and employees alike who worry about the future of their companies, to general observations of compliance with Read more >

Keep fit and eat healthy during the lockdown

Lucky Mkosana I hope everyone is staying safe with loved ones during this tough time. As much as the virus has affected our livelihoods, I’m using man this time to get better and improve on my weaknesses on and off the field. It’s definitely a setback, but also the perfect time for a comeback and Read more >

Community realities during the lockdown

Guest contributors These are some of the experiences shared with us: lan Tebogo Mashale My lockdown life was more characterised by my community members needing help from their different organisations/companies. Just before the start of the 21-day lockdown, the general manager of our mine in Phalaborwa, Limpopo, announced that fixed-term employees would not be required Read more >