It’s been a year since South Africa went into lockdown. Many things have happened since then, but it’s not been all doom and gloom as some welcomed their precious gifts on the day.

Leane Chirwa gave birth to a baby boy Jordan on the day. She says she never imagined how the world would turn out after the birth of her child.

Baby Jordan is one of the select children born on the day President Cyril Rampahosa announced that the country was going on lockdown to prevent the then novel coronavirus.

His mom, the 38-year-old Leane Chirwa from Cosmo City says the uncertainty and anxiety were just too much for her as she was heavily pregnant.”

Twelve months later, she’s a proud mom, raising a healthy baby boy, fondly known as Jojo. She credits the professionalism of health workers for overcoming her fear.

Chirwa says despite the tough experience, she’s glad her boy brings a smile to the family. She only returned to work at the end of January 2021.

Some welcomed precious gifts on the day:

While the future remains uncertain under the new normal, she’s hoping, the virus will soon disappear.

While Chirwa and the world talk about the new normal, for baby Jordan, this is the only life he knows. As we seek to return to our normal way of life, for Jojo, it will be a whole new normal as he has never known anything other than this.

One year since South Africa went into lockdown: