Ms. Olga Rahlogo
Project Area : Ga-Rankuwa Zone 10
Age : 55
Ms. Olga Rahlogo is married to Mr. Sillo Rahlogo, together they have two daughters Pocia and Kamogelo. The couple has three children; two boys (4 and 2 years) and a 3-year-old girl.
The Rahlogo family is from Ga-Rankuwa Zone 1. Before receiving their new home, they stayed at Sillo’s four-room family house in Zone 1 for 22 years. This had always proved to be challenging.
“During the early years of marriage, we were all staying together with my husband’s 6 siblings, but now they all have their own places, and my family remained in the family house. However, staying in the family house has so many dynamics, more often they would come to do things that remind one that the house is not your own. Moreover, religious beliefs are not the same. At any given time, they would come to do traditional and religious ceremonies/rituals,” says Olga.
Olga’s health has been deteriorating in recent years. Her eyesight has started to fade and she is on a waiting list to have an operation later this year (2020).
“Having a house of my own is the happiest thing that has ever happened to my life. Ga-Rankuwa Zone 10 area is so peaceful, a quiet neighbourhood,” says Olga.
We asked Olga a few questions regarding her experience amidst the Coronavirus pandemic and South Africa’s 21 Day Lockdown:
How are you protecting yourself from COVID-19?
“We stay inside the houses, even before the coronavirus, the neighborhood is not into being on the streets. Of course, children would want to play outside, but because of this, they are too restricted.”
Do you feel particularly vulnerable and in what ways?
Olga reports that she does not have any preventative equipment, such as a face mask and gloves. The only thing she is using to protect herself and her family is to regularly wash her hands with water and soap. The family still have to go to local spaza shops to get items like paraffin, candlesticks, bread, airtime and a few other essential items. A challenge is that the spaza shops run out of stock it is not possible to take a taxi to find these things elsewhere.
In what other ways has the virus impacted you?
“The coronavirus lockdown limits free movement. My daughter that stays in Johannesburg is now not able to come home. We are still settling into our new home and require moving our belongings from the old house, which we cannot do. To get food, the local spaza shops are often closed because of not able to get anything delivered.”