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With many small businesses taking a financial hit during SA's 21-day lockdown, personal trainer Abdullah Bayett, who runs SKR Martial Arts & Fitness Academy in Lenasia, Johannesburg, is trying to see the lockdown as a new challenge. He has been recording a combination of fitness routines and sharing the videos with his members via WhatApp to ensure they stay fit during the lockdown.
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