Lockdown Level 3, Round 2

As expected, South Africa has been placed in a lockdown level 3, adjusted, as from today.

If people were not already on holiday I suspect travel between metros and provinces would also be banned. As it is, curfew is extended. The sale and transportation of alcohol is once again banned – healthcare workers will now be free to tend to the dying and suffocating instead of the drunk. Restaurants and similar establishments must close their doors at 20:00 – considering how many of them did not comply with basics and how many of their customers refused to comply when they were asked to, I have little sympathy.

Almost all beaches in the country have been shut, completely.

My plans for today were scuppered by the beach closure. I had planned to take the dogs for a walk to Noordhoek beach because I went to collect something from someone in that area. Noordhoek beach is huge and beautiful. It’s not a good beach for swimming, because of the cold water and dangerous currents, but for walks, oh yeah! It’s also a great beach for horse rides from the local stables, which now is banned – now there is an establishment I have sympathy for. So the dogs stayed home 😦

Watching our President’s speech was difficult and not least because he was, at one point, overcome with emotion. He was beseeching his citizens to stay safe and alive. He has been doing that since March, more than 10 months.

We did not have to reach this point. We knew the poor would have difficulty isolating and keeping social distance but when you hear of private hospitals in up-market areas struggling to cope, you have to ask how stupid and careless those privileged people are that this could have happened to them in such numbers?

Of course the uninformed are out in full force on social media, displaying their ignorance and complete lack of understanding. Most of them are doing so from the comfort of a garden, a pool, a holiday. They blame everyone but themselves. They are furious with the government for telling them they are irresponsible. They are terrified that the economy will continue to nosedive because of their and their workers’ carelessness.

In the meantime, potential visitors emailed to cancel because few people want to go on holiday where restaurants close at night and wine is not available. My friend who works at a winery wanted only a day or two off, not two weeks of uncertainty. And so on and so on .. just because people don’t care. In my next life, I want to come back as someone who doesn’t give a fuck, because clearly it’s less trouble.

Noordhoek Beach. To the left you can just see the stables.
Same beach, different day.

My crowdfund link in case anyone wants to and can contribute something to help me keep my tourism business alive for the day when tourists start returning to South Africa.

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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