One of them, Bokang Lepae who rents out horses and ponies to tourists visiting the Maletsunyane Falls said he was forced to close shop as there have no tourists visiting the historic area in the past six months.
“To make matters worse, when the government set up a relief fund for other sectors, we were left out and now we are starving as we are unable to provide for our families,” Mr Lepae said.
Montšeng Makhabane who is a hawker said her business has collapsed completely as she is unable to cross the border to South Africa to buy stock.
“It is going to be extremely difficult for me start all over again because I have no capital after spending all my funds to survive during the lockdown,” she said.
Semonkong vendors hard hit by COVID-19 effects
Oct. 12, 2020 2 min read
STREET vendors and hawkers working in the small rural town of Semonkong say the effect of COVID-19 has been devastating on their trade, hence most of them are now out of business.