‘I never had to beg for food before’: in the queues of desperation

04 May 2020 - 05:59 By Alex Patrick
Pensioner Sisani Ncancema, 72, makes about R9 a day recycling plastic, to supplement her old-age pension. Because of the lockdown she has been unable to do this, and now also relies on food parcels to survive.
Pensioner Sisani Ncancema, 72, makes about R9 a day recycling plastic, to supplement her old-age pension. Because of the lockdown she has been unable to do this, and now also relies on food parcels to survive.
Image: Alaister Russell

About 50,000 workers in Joburg join millions who live off food parcels. But it’s not just the poor who are queuing.

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