- The government has announced a two-week extension of the current national coronavirus lockdown
- Many people have raised concerns over the availability of baby clothes, blankets and other essential items for newborns and infants
- With retailers previously refusing to allow citizens to purchase these items, new and expecting parents have been under immense stress
The government has allowed for the sale of products intended for the care of babies during the lockdown.
eNCA reports that this includes baby clothes, blankets, towels and other essential accessories for South African infants up to the age of 36 months.
Two NGOs, the Tebeila Institute of Leadership, Education, Governance and Training and the African Institute for Human Rights and Constitutional Litigation, won this victory after taking the matter to court.
While the majority of stores that sell these items are closed in line with the regulations, a few (like Pick n Pay) remained open.
However, the ban on non-essential items saw these retail outlets refusing to sell new parents these items.
Briefly.co.za reported that one father was reduced to tears when this happened to him at the Irene Village Mall in Gauteng.
The team at the local Pick n Pay had taken pity on him and came together to donate clothing from their own homes to the new dad:
"Not only did the team come together for some essentials but they all undertook to donate baby clothing to Joseph in his time of need from their own homes."
With President Cyril Ramaphosa announcing a two-week extension on the current lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus, this will provide some relief to new parents who were worried about how to provide the basics to their children.
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