Business blooms as E Cape locals cash in on herbal Covid ‘cure’

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Business blooms as E Cape locals cash in on herbal Covid ‘cure’

Enterprising villagers trade the same herb that is a major ingredient in a so-called cure being made in Madagascar

Lulamile Feni

The Covid-19 pandemic has presented a lucrative business opportunity to some entrepreneurial villagers in the Eastern Cape.

They are doing a rapid trade in Artemisia afra – commonly known as African wormwood or umhlonyane – the same herb that is a major ingredient in a so-called Covid-19 cure being manufactured in Madagascar.

A small plastic bag or bunch of this herb sells for about R15...

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