It begins

The Lockdown is underway, South Africa has had its first coronavirus death, and things are feeling surreal.
Today I drove to the shops to buy my weekly groceries. It was shortly before 9, yet very few cars were on the road. This was a new experience for me. Greenstone was almost deserted. I was able to park very close to an entrance. Pick ‘n Pay’s main entrance was its only open one. The two side entrances were closed. As I entered, a worker with a bottle of sanitiser sprayed my hands. The store was almost empty of customers. Several items I wanted were out, thanks to earlier panic buying. The wine section was barricaded off and the Pick ‘n Pay Bottle Store was closed. Alcohol and tobacco will not be sold until the Lockdown ends. Any smokers who wish to quit thus have a great opportunity.
Normally from 9 o’ clock on a Saturday and after, Pick ‘n Pay is crowded. Not today. I only had one person in front of me in the checkout queue. All in all, I was back home less than an hour after leaving my flat.
My complex has restrictions during the Lockdown. The recreational areas are all closed. Children are not allowed to have parties. If we have to be out our flats (putting rubbish in the bin area, picking up our mail) we are to maintain social distancing. No congregating outdoors. As I write this on a Saturday afternoon, it is eerily quiet. Only a hadeda calling in the distance.
An Mbombela man wanted permission to go to the Eastern Cape to attend his grandfather’s funeral. He was refused. The Court ruled that an exception could not be made, sad though the situation was.
The Business Rescue Practitioners for short haul airline SA Express have applied to liquidate it. They concluded that the extra losses that will be caused by the Lockdown are too great for the airline to survive. Also, Moody’s has downgraded South Africa’s investment rating to junk.

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