Without Zimbabwean customers, Musina businesses will close

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Tough times: Store owner Rana Masut says he has a decrease in business since the beginning of the lockdown. Picture: Leon Sadiki/City Press
Tough times: Store owner Rana Masut says he has a decrease in business since the beginning of the lockdown. Picture: Leon Sadiki/City Press

The economic sustainability of cross-border feeder towns to neighbouring countries such as Zimbabwe has taken a massive beating during the Covid-19 coronavirus lockdown.

In Musina, which is located about 15km from the Beitbridge border gate that separates Zimbabwe and South Africa, shop owners say the lockdown has practically destroyed their businesses.

“We are struggling because business is bad right now because of the coronavirus. Most of our customers from Zimbabwe are not able to come and buy anymore, so we lose half of the customers,” said Rana Masut, who owns a shop in the small town of Musina.

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