Thousands of people queued on Wednesday for food parcels amid a Covid-19 lockdown in the South African city of Centurion.

Drone footage showed thousands standing in a queue that stretched for 4km.

Various private businesses donated 8,000 food hampers which were distributed in the informal settlement of Mooiplaas

South Africa has spent five weeks under coronavirus restrictions requiring most of the population to stay at home apart from essential trips, leaving many businesses and individuals struggling without income in the recession-hit economy.

The country plans to reopen its agriculture sector and allow some manufacturing and retail to resume from today, as it seeks to balance the need to restart economic output and curb the spread of the virus.