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Christmas will only be 'hugs and kisses' as job losses leave families shattered

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Economist, Azar Jammine says SA is entering a crisis of employment because not all jobs lost would be recreated.
Photo: Getty Images.
Economist, Azar Jammine says SA is entering a crisis of employment because not all jobs lost would be recreated. Photo: Getty Images.

Everything came at once; losing her job, going through a divorce and being forced to relocate to look for a job she is still hunting for, seven months later.

"This has been the worst year of my entire life. It's very, very hard, I won't lie," said Belinda a mother of three boys and a marketing executive who has never struggled with finding a job before.

The lockdown has brought with it many shuttering statistics: some 2.18 million jobs were lost in the second quarter, the country's GDP contracted the most in 13 years and the stimulus measures put in place to prevent total economic collapse have put the country on a debt-trap path. South Africa's debt- to-GDP ratio is projected to reach 95% within the next five years.

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