Preven­tion bet­ter than cure for for­eign shop own­ers

Pretoria News - - METRO - CHELSEA NTULI [email protected]

SOME for­eign na­tion­als liv­ing in the coun­try have said they will re­main here over the Easter hol­i­days for fear of spread­ing the Covid19.

Zim­bab­wean Bhuru Maphosa said he would not want to put his fam­ily at risk. “They un­der­stand the cir­cum­stances, and I know why I came here. I’m here to make money and I am the bread­win­ner at home, so it’s bet­ter to be pre­vent than to cure.”

Fel­low Zim­bab­wean Nkat­hazo Siz­iba said he was scared of stay­ing in the coun­try, but it was bet­ter than tak­ing a deadly virus home.

Elias Sho­more, an Ethiopian who owns a small busi­ness in the Pre­to­ria CBD, said: “The virus can be trans­mit­ted eas­ily; we must pro­tect our­selves. The virus does not choose who it in­fects so we must play our part.”

Ethiopian Ab­dul Haji, who runs a spaza shop in Mamelodi East, said his shop was not mak­ing money be­cause peo­ple were choos­ing to stay in their homes. He said he had no prob­lem with not vis­it­ing his fam­ily over Easter be­cause he had to make money. The pan­demic would soon be over and life would re­turn to nor­mal, Haji added.

THO­BILE MATHONSI

FOR­EIGN shopown­ers in the CBD have been tak­ing pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures to pre­vent the spread of coro­n­avirus. |

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