Coronavirus: Photo Essay

13 days of lockdown in pictures

13 days of lockdown in pictures
A South African resident of Ocean View Nadia Petersen poses for a photograph after her feeding program finished for the day in Ocean View, Cape Town. Petersen started the feeding program from her home in Ocean View which is one of the gang and crime hot spots in the city. Many impoverished residents rely on the one meal a day they receive from her due to the lack of jobs caused by the lockdown. Donations for Nadia Petersen's feeding scheme have been received from individuals across Cape Town who bring it to her home at 21 Mzar Crescent Ocean View.(Photo: EPA-EFE/NIC BOTHMA)

It has been 13 days since President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announced lockdown took effect bringing South Africa from Port Elizabeth to Musina and Stompneus Bay to Butterworth to a grinding halt. The lockdown has sent the entire country into physical distancing and isolation. For the privileged and those with secure jobs, the impact has been an inconvenience where some of the biggest moans have been no surfing or walking dogs. For the poor the impact has been less access to piece jobs, food and shelter. We share below a selection of photos from around the country, telling a small part of the story in images from great photographers. We will continue to share photo essays as the story of our country is shared in images.

A general view of displaced people who were moved from all around the Western Cape to a temporary shelter at Strandfontein Sports Field in Cape Town.  (Photo: Gallo Images/Brenton Geach)

Displaced people wait for food to arrive as part of an outreach with an NGO at the informal settlement called “Marikana’. There are an estimated 10 000 homeless in Pretoria area. (Photo: EPA-EFE/KIM LUDBROOK)

Displaced men eat breakfast at a homeless shelter in the Municipal hall in Lyttelton. There are an estimated 10 000 homeless in Pretoria area. (Photo: EPA-EFE/KIM LUDBROOK)

Werner Wolter (58) reads a book in the back of one of the two cars he lives in with his partner Vanessa, for the past month near a railway track in Lyttelton. Werner and thousands of others are amongst the most vulnerable to the effects of the Covid-19 not having safe environment’s to live in for the national lockdown. (Photo: EPA-EFE/KIM LUDBROOK)

South African Yogi Marcelle Webster teaches her students via an online yoga class in Cape Town. Webster took her business online at the start of the increased movement restrictions by government and has seen a rise in new students as more and more South Africans in lockdown seek means of staying healthy mentally and physically. (Photo: EPA-EFE/NIC BOTHMA)

A girl hugs her friend as displaced people from various countries are moved by the South African Police out of the Central Methodist Church in Cape Town where they had taken refuge since October 2019, They were moved by bus to another location for the lockdown. (Photo: EPA-EFE/NIC BOTHMA)

A mother and child, part of a group from various countries, are moved by South African police out of the Central Methodist Church where they had been taking refuge since October 2019, in Cape Town. The group were moved by bus to another location for the lockdown over COVID-19.( Photo: EPA-EFE/NIC BOTHMA)



Members of theSouth African National Defence Force escort a homeless woman to a staging area nearby before she was moved to one of the homeless shelters in Tshwane. (Photo: EPA-EFE/KIM LUDBROOK ) ATTENTION: This Image is part of a PHOTO SET

A paramedic attends to a patient on the pavement in central Johannesburg. It is unknown what caused the patient’s condition.(Photo: EPA-EFE/KIM LUDBROOK)

Vanderbijlpark: Health authorities were conducting swab tests and screening residents of Vanderbijlpark, Veronica du Plessis is tested by a health worker. (Photo: Felix Dlangamandla)

A health worker screens a resident during door to door screening of COVID-19 in Bishop Lavis, Cape Town. President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that South Africa launched an aggressive coronavirus screening program and at least 10,000 field workers will be going door-to-door to conduct mass screenings and testing for the COVID-19. (Photo: Gallo Images/Die Burger/Jaco Marais)

A homeless woman sits down holding a placard on empty streets in Cape Town. (Photo: Gallo Images/Jacques Stander)



The Shoprite Liquor Store in Langa was robbed on Sunday when a group smashed windows and gained entry. Some personnel and security personnel managed to stop the group before more was stolen. (Photo: Jaco Marais )

A general view of church refugees at Paint City, Belville. The refugees who occupied the Central Methodist Mission church were removed by the police from the church, after five months of occupation and protest. (Photo: Gallo Images/Jacques Stander)

Shoppers wait to enter the Capricorn Pick ‘n Pay in Muizenberg, Cape Town during the lockdown. Management placed 30 trollies 2 metres apart. (Photo: Jaco Marais)





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