Two retrenched women on their heartrending experiences: ‘I'm uncertain about the future’


The effects of Covid-19 continue to impact people’s lives as more businesses close shop and employees are left without incomes.

The disruption caused by the pandemic has many trying to figure out how to pay debt, put food on the table or how to get another job or find a source of income.

Nobuhle Mlambo (34) from Germiston received her retrenchment letter on day 20 of the national lockdown.

“I got it via email and no, I was not expecting it,” she tells Move!.

For eight years she worked in the aviation and hospitality industry. It has been hard to process it all.

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“I have debt, such as my car that was financed, I still have another three years to pay it off and my son's school fees at a private school. I'm very numb on some days, I have anxiety, I'm uncertain about the future,” Nobuhle says.

During this time, her story has become too familiar.

Tshepi Moremong (27) is in digital marketing and was working as a social-media manager – until days ago when she had what she thought was a “catch-up” meeting with the human resources department. 

“To be honest, I didn't expect it. I was supposed to move to another brand within the same agency, I was already offered for that brand, but they had to withdraw it as well,” she tells us.

Her hopes are shattered since she moved to Cape Town two years ago to grow her career in the industry.

Tshepi is married and her husband’s income has also taken a steep plunge.

“To be honest, my son is the only person keeping my spirits up. I've been in this position about two times since I relocated to Cape Town. We have even agreed to make plans to go back home, start over again and maybe we might come back in the future,” she adds.

Both Nobuhle and Tshepi are trying by all means to keep their hopes up. They are already applying for jobs and praying it all works out for them.

“I'll just have to take whatever is available for now. My salary will take a huge knock, but you know what? Tt’s for our own survival,” Tshepi says.


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