Southern Africa: A Day in the Life - Working, Pivoting and Surviving Under Lockdown in SA


South Africans have endured two months of lockdown. These are challenging times and even more uncertain times lie ahead. How are people going about their daily lives? How are people surviving? Here are some snapshots from Cape Town.

'As police, we meet people who have the virus, we're at risk'

Police and other law enforcement personnel, along with healthcare workers, are at high risk of exposure to Covid-19 on the frontline of the battle against this virus.

Standing outside "die blokke", council flats in Ocean View in Cape Town's deep south, Sergeant Leon Fortuin reflects on the "new normal" while giving Department of Health workers a hand and talking to residents about recent crimes in the area, including the theft of a bicycle at gunpoint that morning, as well as yet another shooting the day before.

"After seven weeks of lockdown, it is interesting to see how the three different communities that fall under Ocean View station have reacted to the restrictions. When we encountered some community members in Kommetjie, they were just worried about when they could go surfing again... they just wanted to be on the beach,"...

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