Johannesburg streets get busy as lockdown eased
08 May 2020 | 3:23 pm
Life is slowly returning to the Johannesburg city centre after South Africa eased its countrywide lockdown. Up until the end of April only essential services were permitted to move around, but since the start of May these restrictions have been slightly relaxed allowing some to go back to work.
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