THE FALL OF A RISING STAR

BY LONA GEBU

Happiness can turn into sadness while tears of joy turn into tears of heartbreak.

The phrase that says we do not know what tomorrow holds should be taken into consideration in each day of our lives. On the 5th of March 2020, when the first case of Covid-19 was recorded in South Africa we never thought it will turn our lives upside down. I am one of the covid-19 pandemic victims. The Covid-19 pandemic became a thorn in my life. It took me from a rising heroine to zero.

As someone who grew up in rural areas, I had a vision of how my graduation day would be like. I wanted my family to travel the 8hour drive from Ntabankulu to Port Elizabeth to celebrate my success with me, but the Covid-19 pandemic had other plans. I did not graduate nor have virtual graduation, I received my certificate through a courier.

In 2020, I was finally done with school I looked forward to being in the workplace and make money to provide for my family. I got a job offer that did not last long because covid-19 became part of us. Lockdown was introduced and companies had to close. Unfortunately, the company runs out of funds and there was no hope for it to reopen again. I lost my job and became part of the South African youth unemployment rate which is currently at 32.6% according to Stats SA.

It’s been a year and a couple of months since the first case of the Coronavirus in South Africa and we are slowly approaching 3rd wave. So, it’s clear that covid-19 will always be part of us we only need to plan our lives around it. Covid-19 became a thorn that will never be taken out.

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