COVID-19 Photographic Journal

Photography by Jabulani Patrick

Ntate Thabiso Swartbooi: Phiri, Soweto. He owns a tavern which had to close due to the ban on alcohol. It is hard for him to survive right now, because this was his only source of income.

Lerato Nkopane: Phiri, Soweto. “I am unemployed, but I sometimes get piece jobs. This has affected me a lot, since the announcement of ilockdown nex nex.”

Happy Sibiya: Protea South, Soweto. “I am a Grade 10 student at Altmont Technical High School. Eish mina I miss school bhuti.”

Lebohang: Protea South, Soweto. “I love fashion and since this COVID-19, I have had to dress for it and be protected. This is ‘corona swag’.”

John Seboka: Protea South, Soweto. “This corona has affected us a lot. I am doing Grade 11 this year and was hoping to finish my Grade 12 next year but with this I don’t see that happening. It is very challenging to study at home.”

Marcela Mapanzini from Mozambique stays in Protea South, Soweto.
“I am unemployed but I normally plait people’s hair, and since this thing ye Corona started akuna business. I cannot even travel home.”

Rodah Mathusi: Protea South, Soweto. Celebrating essential workers zase kasi.
“I am a South African essential worker. I clean public toilets for the community of Protea South.”

Palesa Mjezu and Keke: Protea South, Soweto. “This has affected me a lot because I live in a hand-to-mouth situation, so with these restrictions it has been hard. We hope all this can come to an end, as we can’t afford to buy groceries in bulk and remain indoors so we constantly have to go outside to buy something to eat.”

Chere Makoebu: Phiri, Soweto. “I am a self-employed construction worker, so we get paid as we work. Since the beginning of the lockdown life became hard, so I had to make plan B. Hence I have opened this stand here. It is not the same as long as honale something that comes in.”

“The first funeral ekasi lami ePhiri after the lockdown was announced. It was not easy because the regulations were just announced, so we had to turn back other people. Other family members couldn’t come to attend the funeral, which is unusual in our culture.”

Nomsa Chauke. Essential worker in Protea South, Soweto. Celebrating essential workers zase kasi.

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