Rugby has been pushed to the margins of national consciousness as the pandemic has increased poverty and civil unrest in an already deeply troubled nation
As the Springboks and the British & Irish Lions close in on the first Test of what was supposed to be an epic 2021 series, most of South Africa has been distracted during the build-up. Rugby – and participating in or enjoying any form of sport, arts and culture – has felt frivolous and irrelevant over the past month.
People have died in their hundreds amid a tsunami-like third Covid wave that hit Gauteng – the province where Johannesburg and Tshwane are located. More lives altered for ever, more pain, more suffering, more children without parents in a country where single mothers, or unemployed grandmothers, are struggling to feed them.
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