These are the Covid growing pains that will carry on hurting SA

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These are the Covid growing pains that will carry on hurting SA

Many mistakes were made, not least keeping our children out of school, say the experts

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After almost six months, SA has finally moved to the lowest level of the lockdown as Covid-19 infections continue to decline.

But for Amila Qoleni, 11, of Zundwane village in Dutywa, Eastern Cape, the effects of lockdown have had a much more enduring impact. While his 16-year-old brother, Abongile, who lives with their mother in Cape Town, has had occasional access to online lessons and adequate nutrition through his school’s feeding scheme, Amila had neither access to the feeding programme nor any kind of teaching. This has been going on for exactly five months after the schools closed in March to contain the spread of Covid-19. He only went back to school on August 24.

According to the country’s two leading paediatricians, Robin Green and Fatima Mustafa, from the University of Pretoria, Amila’s suffering at home may have been needless as more research shows that children are in fact not the “superspreaders” of Covid-19 as was initially predicted...

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