The Afrikaner only stronghold, called Orania, situated along the Orange River, in the Northern Cape province, has said that their economy is struggling during the lockdown.
Residents in that area says they have been wearing masks and keeping social distancing.
They said they closed schools and businesses to curb the spread of COVID-19 and as a result their economy has been halted.
Orania has its own economy independently run from South Africa, they have their own currency called, the Ora and have been ruling itself since 1991.
The COVID-19 pandemic and the national lockdown has affected the Afrikaner only area’s economy which depends mostly on agriculture.
So far no cases of COVID-19 have been reported after about 2000 of its residents have been screened.
“Economy can also cost lives in terms of hunger and so on. What we did in Orania is we stayed inside as the rules of the lockdown, but we also kept innovating .
We got multiple people making masks. Also, the agricultural sector, which is very important for us as Orania. You know its a sector that’s been excluded from the lockdown. It doesn’t mean you can do what you want. We need to be socially responsible but we got our people working on farms keeping social distance and producing food for the nation,” said Joost Strydom, the head of Orania movement.
Residents of the whites-only town say it is everyone’s duty to play their part to combat the virus and hopes that things will get back to normal.