For young Johannesburg architect Karabo Mafisa, the nationwide shutdown has had a dramatic and devastating effect on her firm, which finds itself in a situation where up to 80% of its projects are suddenly on hold.

The 33-year-old director of Sesiro Design Group says it also couldn't have come at a worse time because 40% of the projects the eight-year-old company was working on were "meant to go on site in May and June"...

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