Briefly.co.za recently ran a poll in which we asked whether our readers had lost their jobs to the Covid-19 lockdown. 911 people voted, with 27% of our readers indicating that they lost their jobs.
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The majority of the readers who voted indicated that they weren't coping and many seemed to have little faith in the relief measures in place.
Of the 911 people who voted, 246 people said they lost their jobs during the lockdown.
However, a total of 665 people, or 73% of those who voted, revealed they still kept their jobs despite the lockdown.
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We also asked readers how they were coping. While some were managing alright, others were really feeling the strain of the lockdown.
Briefly News gathered some comments from readers to sum up the situation:
Mzukisi Tsengiwe II responded,
"I'll draw a picture for you admin of losing your monthly income... Imagine this briefly magazine fires you as their Administrator, you've got bills to cover,you've got Children to take care of, rent, groceries,you must send money to your mother and you're in the lockdown... How would you cope admin? That is severe depression."
Tshililo Phalanndwa added,
"Some of people just started working and they have lost their jobs now so how much do you think they will get on UIF."
Ettienne Havenga explained,
"We are self employed no income not coping there is no help from any body aspecially when you are white no food parcels no UIF."
Tau Jonas wrote:
"It is difficult cause you can't even go look for another job the country is on lockdown."
Nozipho Neliswa Zungu Cele wrote in a heartwrenching comment:
"I think it's the time I swallow my pride and ask for food parcels, but where because it's not everyone who gets it"
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However, it was heartening to come across a touching post shared by Hloni Lindz Maphosa, as she commended her boss for his generosity during this challenging time.
Hloni shared her story via the #ImStaying Facebook group and explained that her employer has endured financial woes prior to and during the lockdown.
However, her boss is persevering in the hope of avoiding job losses.
He recently blessed Hloni and the other staff members with R200 to keep them going while they wait for the relief funding from government.
Hloni revealed her appreciation and hundreds of social media users followed suit.
Belinda Dorothy Unthank said,
"You are so lucky that you have a boss that really care about you, God bless him in abundance."
Hlabirwa Thobejane added,
"I really like how you have a faith let me tell you that the good are coming soon, may the good lord bless you and your family."
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