Lockdown in the time of Corona

Day 8 since the first Covid-19 Presidential address and Day Zero of the latest address in which he announces country-wide lockdown starting in 3 days time.

He also announced a whole bunch of other things. You’d better have a good reason to be out and about and, no , coffee at Tasha’s with your bestie doesn’t count … the army will deal with you .. no more private jets at Lanseria airport .. tourists who ignore the foreigner ban will be sent home .. price regulations .. NO stockpiling necessary because there will be plenty of food and food production is NOT included in the lockdown … take care of your workers or face the wrath (about bloody time, why did we need a virus for this?) .. the National Prosecuting Agency will chuck you in prison if you try any corrupt or profiteering nonsense .. and banks must work nicely together to help us poor folk out.

But … my best my very very  best … A one billion rand fund has been established for SMEs, by none other than the infamous Rupert and Openheimer families. Well done boytjies!  I hope to be a direct beneficiary of some of that, as a small business owner but, even better than direct benefit, it’s awesome for these very wealthy white families to be able to assist in this crisis which will affect the poorest of the poor the most.

And as for today’s stats: 402 officially recorded cases, which is a jump of 128 since yesterday’s figures. No deaths, 2 recovered, no-one critical. I expect the jump tomorrow to be large as test results come in.

The shit has barely started. We are weeks behind Italy. Wuhan is slowly recovering and their lockdown is loosening.

And yet, our lockdown is needed because people are still not getting it. The past weekend saw unprecedented crowds flocking to beaches and public parks, not keeping the voluntary physical distancing as requested, not giving a fuck, really. Amazing how so many ordinary people know more about this than all the scientists on earth.

As a result, all beaches are now closed. All of them. Makes me so guilty that I didn’t do as I planned which was to take the hounds to Scarborough or Witsand for a nice run – both are secluded and large enough to not be forced into close contact with anyone.

People were reportedly not allowing staff to work from home even when it would be easy and feasible. I guess they don’t trust their staff. Also, some people thought going to the office for only a few hours instead of the full day was going to make some sort of difference. Some people have stockpiled food and toilet paper yet others still intended going out every day. Well, time to learn to enjoy your own company. May I suggest reading  when you get bored with Netflix? Or gardening?

Every morning when I wake up there are a few fleeting seconds during which all is normal. And then reality returns. Here are some photos of normal regular sights, back in more carefree days.



About Francoise Armour

I run a small touring company (Tours du Cap) at the bottom of Africa, to show visitors the beauty and vibrant culture of the country I have lived in since my parents brought me here from France as a child. I enjoy taking photos and wish I had learnt to do it properly. I enjoy writing but don't do enough of it. I enjoy walking in the mountains that surround me and I marvel over the views and the flowers and the amazing rock formations. I have a small, cute, clever, black dog of indeterminable breed, named Vida, who reminds me regularly that walking and getting out is not only for when tourists want it.

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I am not a photographer and do not claim to have any particular skills whatsoever in that department. I have enormous respect for those who can see the potential in a scene and can create a great photo. Good photography is an art, in my opinion.

I am just a happy snapper, I have no special lenses or accessories, my camera is very simple and it's usually best to leave the setting on auto.

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