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Corona Virus: My Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 1, 27 March 2020!


Friday 27 March 2020, Day 12 of SA Corona Virus, Day 1 of SA Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for dancing the day away, KFM playing the most fabulous music; for Kfm broadcasting my Voicenote of Gratitude; for my now sparkling clean home; and for being so happy in my home, not feeling claustrophobic in my confinement, as I was worried might happen. 🙏💙


I finished my Sweet & Sour Service Awards Blogpost. I decided to discipline myself in going to Facebook, otherwise I would be there all day.

I did all the obvious Day 1 things, putting on new Bed linen, cleaning my bathroom, putting away clothes, tidying up my terrace garden, neatening my Heart stone collection, making a bigger space for skipping and dancing on a second terrace at the side of the bedrooms by moving a table out of the way, and tidying up my far too full stockpiled fridge.

I met Veronica, a sweet tourist from Buenos Aires, who is holed up next door to me because she and her partner could not get back. But then her husband started flying his drone all over Camps Bay, directly over our apartment block, and over my terrace. I lost my cool, but his English was not good enough to speak to me, wanting to Google Translate talk via his phone, between our partition slats. Luckily the apartment owner seemed more understanding than I’ve seen in almost 2 years, and seems to have communicated with him. Now they are on the terrace, doing What’s App calls full blast. 🥵🥵🥵 Ir’s going to be a long 21 days with them. 🥵

While I was cleaning this morning, I started dancing to Kfm, loving their music from 12h00 onwards. Tracy Laing and her ‘flou’ jokes were too irritating, so I switched to my Playlist until she was done. By midday I’d done 5000 steps, easily, and I realized that I’d get to 10000 👣 easily, and I was able to exert my heart too. I’m struggling with the skipping, needing to practice harder tomorrow. Carl Wastie did a Corona Gratitude section, asking listeners to tell a positive story. So I sent a message about my thanks to Kfm for keeping me dancing all day, which they broadcast 💃👣 And how moving was the Nkosi Sikilele broadcast on all radio stations, at 13h00 every Friday during lockdown. #loveSA❤️

I’ve seen about five persons walking, going to the supermarkets, and one homeless person scratching bins. And at least ten cars drive by.

I’m hoping to chat to Alain Barrios Chávez in Havana via Whats App.

As the Lockdown is a once in a lifetime event, I will post these daily Facebook posts on my Blog, feeling a book coming on.

I loved hearing a Western Cape Government anti-Litter ad on Kfm this morning, for the first time. And seeing a fabulous positive SA Tourism video, which I shared.

COVID-19: 1170 cases, 1 death in Durbanville, Cape Town, first in our country.

Keep safe and strong, and healthy😷❤️

FitBit 14500 steps 10,5 km 👣



The Corona Virus Lockdown, announced by our President Cyril Ramaphosa earlier this week to commence on 27 March and to continue until 16 April, is an unprecedented event in my lifetime. I am posting my daily Facebook post to journal this Corona Lockdown Journey, perhaps to serve as material for a future Book.


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Corona Virus: No Take-away Restaurant meals may be delivered during Corona Virus Lockdown!


While many South Africans thought that they could call food delivery companies to order meals from their favorite restaurants, their hopes have been dashed by clarification received from the Government that no drivers of food from restaurants and bars are permitted to be on the roads during the Corona Virus Lockdown, which commences at midnight on Thursday 26 March. Continue reading →

Corona Virus: President Ramaphosa announces full lockdown of South Africa as of midnight 26 March, for 21 days!


This evening our President Cyril Ramaphosa announced strict new measures to deal with the Corona Virus COVID-19 infection and its spread, through a full Lockdown of our country, with citizens expected to stay home, only allowed to go out when seeking medical services, and shopping for medical and food products. Certain categories of workers who are employed in food production and healthcare may continue coming to work. The President thanked the nation for its cooperation to date, since his speech Sunday a week ago.  Continue reading →

Corona Virus: City of Cape Town closes all Cape Town beaches as of tomorrow 24 March 2020!


The City of Cape Town Mayor Dan Plato announced this afternoon that all Cape Town beaches will be closed as of tomorrow 24 March 2020, to encourage greater social distancing, given the number of locals who are still enjoying the City’s beaches and ocean water for swimming.

What is a joke for Camps Bay specifically is that the City Law Enforcement officers and life guards will be asked to police adherence to the new regulation, given that the Law Enforcement officers in Camps Bay police nothing (illegal vendor sales, cycling on pavements, and the drinking of alcohol on the beaches and at picnic spots)! Continue reading →

Sweet Service Award goes to City of Cape Town; Sour Service Award goes to Standard Bank!


The Sweet Service Award goes to the City of Cape Town, for its generous once-off donation of 2000 garbage bags to Camps Bay Clean, my litter clean-up initiative in Camps Bay, facilitated by Camps Bay/Sea Point Councillor Nicola Jowell.  Councillor Nicola personally delivered the bags to my home yesterday. Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Strict (but confusing) new Law for licensed Restaurants, Clubs, Shebeens, and Bars announced!


A report just seen on News24 states that the Government has announced that all licensed restaurants, shebeens, clubs, and bars have to close their doors at 18h00 on Mondays to Saturdays, and at 13h00 on Sundays and public holidays, with immediate effect. This is a devastating announcement for the hospitality industry which was not addressed  by President Cyril Ramaphosa’s speech on Sunday evening. Hotels have been instructed to take greater care to prevent and to contain the spread of the COVID-19 Virus in their establishments. Continue reading →

Corona Virus: V&A Waterfront closes key attractions, but continues to trade!


After a crisis meeting on Tuesday, the management of the V & A Waterfront has announced the temporary closure of the Two Oceans Aquarium and the Zeitz MOCAA Museum, as well as the cancellation of all public events at its precinct, in its reaction to the National Disaster announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday. Other internal measures to combat the spread of the COVID-19 Virus were announced by the biggest tourist attraction in our country to its tenants yesterday. Continue reading →

Corona Virus: South African Government announces drastic measures to contain and reduce COVID-19 infections!


At 19h40 today President Cyril Ramaphosa announced our country’s retaliatory and preventative measures against the Corona Virus, of which there are 61 cases to date, following an emergency Cabinet meeting earlier today. A National State of Disaster was announced. The President described the measures to be implemented as ‘urgent and drastic’.  Continue reading →

Corona Virus COVID-19: How to boost the Immune System and reduce one’s risk!



It’s on everyone’s lips. It’s causing mayhem on stock markets around the world. It’s affecting the sporting world with major international events being cancelled or postponed. It’s affecting any large gathering of persons, such as conferences, festivals, trade shows, and exhibitions, many cancelled. And it is starting to affect our tourism industry, with first cancellations hitting hotels. It’s the Corona Virus, this strain called COVID-19. Amongst the doom, gloom, rumours, and Social Media panic, there are ways of reducing one’s risk of contracting the disease. Continue reading →

Restaurant Review: GOLD Restaurant not so shiny for all tourist diners!


Last week I was invited by German visitors to join them for dinner, and of the three options I provided, they chose Gold Restaurant in Green Point. It was my first dinner at Gold since the restaurant had moved from Strand Street, its previous home. It was a noisy evening, a part I had forgotten about and not mentioned to the visitors by me, and the food offering as well as service made me reconsider whether I would recommend it to guests, having done so once before, with good feedback then. Continue reading →