Massive job losses continue to affect many households
Ever since the national lockdown started, massive job losses have become a thing in South Africa.
Nokuthula Gumede, a single mother of three is amongst the millions of workers who have lost their jobs during the nationwide lockdown.
Gumede was the sole provider for her young children aged 7, 4 and 2. She says she has been finding it extremely difficult to take care of her children since she is no longer working and her only source of income is the child support grant.
“When I still had my job everything was going very well at home. I was able to take care of my children’s needs, pay for their school fees, my bills and everything that I needed to take care of, but since I’m no longer working I have been struggling to make ends meet,” said Gumede.
Gumede was working for a company for 8 years and says she was one of the top achievers in the company.
“It is so frustrating dedicating your life to your job for so many years and you get laid off like you didn’t even matter, like you didn’t dedicate a whole eight years making sure you do your job to the best of your abilities,” she added.
Gumede said she understands that the company is not to be blamed because it was also under a lot of pressure because of the lockdown.
According to the findings from the National Income Dynamics Coronavirus Rapid Mobile Survey, about 3-million South Africans have lost their jobs during the country’s nationwide lockdown to help curb the spread of Covid-19.
Nosipho Nkabinde (who did not want to mention the name of the company in fear of legal actions) also lost her job because of the lockdown and says her company treated the newer staff like “trash.”
“They treated us like trash. They just dropped us and didn’t pay what was due to us and they blamed the whole thing to the lockdown,” said Nkabinde.