Briefly.co.za gave our readers the opportunity to voice their financial concerns and considerations in light of the nationwide lockdown. While most have been reeling, some are still flourishing.
Briefly.co.za shared an online survey regarding the financial implications of the nationwide lockdown.
We wanted to know how South Africans have been affected and the results made for interesting reading.
Nearly 300 comments were shared in response to the Facebook post.
For the most part, the general reaction is that the lockdown has not been kind to South African pockets.
Many opened up on their financial woes. However, a handful of people revealed that they've actually been thriving during this period.
Colin Modiselle said,
"Being a family man with no income it's very bad situation... I know the lockdown was meant to save lives yet at the same time people need to eat to survive... So to me, if they extend the lockdown again, I swear will die of hunger before coronavirus, government should make other means in such disasters like this."
Kidibone Annah revealed her dillema:
"Badly because I was doing my stock at jhb and come back home to sell. Now I cant go to jhb and I already used that money for stock after lockdown. I will struggle to get money to start my business. Now we don't have food I tried to call for food parcel they said I'm not qualified because I got sassa for 2kids."
Stella Stells Stella added,
"For now I'm coping, I bought enough basic food with transport money. Currently the real struggle currently is with the unemployed, self employed hand to mouth kinda businesses. Should it be extended, many will die with hunger. Many will not comply and still many will be infected."
Ntando Tman Tinzi revealed how he's been excelling:
"It didn't affect me even a little but instead it helped me a lot because now i managed to save double amount of the money I used to save, thanks Ramaphosa please keep extending."
Menzi Vilakazi took a big knock:
"My internet cafe is closed and I'm trying to work from home but it hard and risky but students need to submit their assignments and printout, for us it like no work, no pay I wonder how are we going to support our families while every sent we get we buy food for ourselves?
Kay Matt replied to Menzi, saying he's in the same boat:
"Menzi Vilakazi, mine too bra...It's been a rough 3weeks without customers...It's really a hard strain."
Percy Mohale Manyemola wrote that his family relied on him for an income before lockdown, but now, they're in trouble:
"Been my family's hope financially, but now I'm going on unpaid leave plus facing possible retrenchment should it be extended again. It's depressing thinking of what's gonna happen to my entire family ."
Rue Muthivhelo is also in Percy's unfortunate position at the moment:
"Percy Mohale Manyemola, same here and worse part I'm Pretoria and my kids are in Limpopo, only God knows how will we survive this."
Tebogo Maunye is stressing out big time:
"Trying to be positive that all will work out fine....But the reality is kicking guys.... Stressing about how are we going to cope next month. Yhooooooo I hate this Monster Covid-19."
Mbula Mjobo Anesipo Anelka said he's a barber and really needed to stay open to get an income:
"Am a local barber n the money that I had bought food .I live alone n I can't rely to my graparents in EC now am broke can't cut people to make money n buy another food now am foodless I applied for groceries I couldn't get a call ix been a week now n I don't know what to do."
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