Sipho Mabena
Premium Journalist
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27 Mar 2021
5:23 am

How Covid-19 cut Paul Mahlangu’s hair business

Sipho Mabena

When Covid-19 restrictions struck in March last year, his business was decimated and his livelihood disappeared.

Paul Mahlangu, owner of Excellent Hair Salon in Matchirini, Mpumalanga, 23 March 2020. Picture: Jacques Nelles

With eight children to support, maintenance is steep for Paul Mahlangu, owner of Excellent Hair Salon in Matjhirini village, Mpumalanga. When Covid-19 restrictions struck in March last year, his business was decimated and his livelihood disappeared. Standing in his empty salon – with the shelves normally packed with hair and beauty products empty – Mahlangu said despite the gradual easing of restrictions, his business has barely picked up. “Unlike those running their saloons in cities, our client-base is small. This means we are literally working from hand straight to mouth,” he said. “So, when lockdown happened, it suddenly disrupted that...