New communities emerging due to COVID-19

A newly-formed settlement in Cape Town has adopted the unusual name of COVID-19. The area is divided into different zones and is occupied by people who have lost their jobs and can't afford to pay rent, all due to the lockdown. Courtesy #DStv403

CAPE TOWN - A newly-formed settlement in Cape Town has adopted the unusual name of COVID-19.

The area is divided into different zones and is occupied by people who have lost their jobs and can't afford to pay rent, all due to the lockdown.

About two weeks ago, people began erecting structures creating an entire community.

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Residents here say the COVID-19 pandemic has severely affected them and many people are struggling to make ends meet.

“Due to the coronavirus outbreak, many people were laid-off and some can’t afford to pay rent," said resident Pakiso Maya.

"We then found this place where we would not be paying rent.” 

Just a few metres away, another settlement called Sanitiser is forming.

It is expected to have many new occupants within a week.

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The City of Cape Town says its law enforcement agencies have been trying to demolish the illegal structures as they spring up.

But, just like the coronavirus, they seem to be spreading like wildfire.

Source
eNCA