“I just didn’t understand what was going on.”

In episode 5, Kagiso Mogotsi told her story of only intending to go on vacation, but finding herself gone from China because of the coronavirus outbreak. One of the colleagues she left behind at the English language training centre she worked at in Tianjin was Michelle October. Michelle had decided to stay in the country; after all, her mother had flown all the way from South Africa to visit her in China. However, instead of a fantasy vacation to China’s “Ice City”, her ‘holiday’ ended up being a 5-month lockdown.

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(This episode was recorded on 22 June 2021.)

“Covid Stuck Abroad” was created and produced by Zola Zingithwa.

Music: “Lazy Sumday” by Sahy Uhns, part of the “Bonus Beat Blast”. It is an original beat/rhythm library from dublab’s international family of music makers. The entire collection is licensed under a Creative Commons CC BY 3.0 license which gives you the freedom to share and remix. Source: Free Music Archive.

This episode was recorded with assistance from the Presidential Employment Stimulus Programme through the National Arts Council.