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Bullying by landlords kills SMMEs

The national lockdown caught everyone off-guard in March last year.

It confined everyone to their homes. All South Africans observed the lockdown to stop the spread of the coronavirus, as responsible citizens should. Unfortunately, the lockdown did not affect everybody in the same manner. Unlike those with salaries or investments from which to draw income since the lockdown took effect, small businesses (SMMEs) took a pounding and many of them closed down. Having respected the lockdown regulation by staying at home, small business owners sacrificed their businesses and the livelihoods of their employees because they understood that Covid-19 was a threat to lives, let alone the right to earn a

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