Category Archives: South Africa

President Ramaphosa lifts alcohol ban, moves SA to Level 3, restaurants jubilant !

 

This evening President Ramaphosa moved our country’s Lockdown to Level 3, after 28 days of Level 4, a tough month for the Restaurant industry.

Despite Sit-Down dining being permitted midway through Level 4, most restaurants chose to remain closed, it not being economically viable to reopen without selling alcohol.

The President permitted the sale of alcohol in restaurants from tomorrow, until 20h00. Liquor outlets may sell alcohol on Mondays – Thursdays.  The Curfew starting time has been pushed back to 22h00. All excellent news for the Restaurant industry.

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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 28 of Level 4, 25 July 2021.

 

Sunday 25 July 2021, Day 28 of Level 4 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a beautiful day, peaking at 24C; for a morning treat, after some work, to pick up croissants at Paris Cape Town (very buzzy), an ice cream at The Dairy Den (very empty), the Oranjezicht Urban City Farm Market (very buzzy, lovely to chat to Sheryl Ozinsky 💙), and fetching post at the Waterfront (very quiet); for a walk to Camps Bay, jam-packed, everyone out to enjoy the beautiful day, with a huge traffic jam late afternoon; for a beautiful sunset; for a long chat with Stuart Bailey, excited about what our President will say tonight; and for being happy, healthy, and free. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 26 of Level 4, 23 July 2021

 

Friday 23 July 2021, Day 26 of Level 4 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a beautiful sunny 14C day but with a cold start and end; for a good night’s sleep; for a good working day, catching up, and finishing the last edit of a new Anatoli Turkish Restaurant website; for a longer Camps Bay walk, loving the crisp clean air, and seeing a lot of ’non-alcoholic beer’ being drunk at two restaurants at the Clifton end of Camps Bay 😱; a quick shop at Woolies, buying the cats their favorite Sheba tins from my Discovery Woolies voucher; for being spared Loadshedding; and for being happy, healthy, warm, and free. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 25 of Level 4, 22 July 2021!

 

Thursday 22 July 2021, Day 25 of Level 4 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a good night’s sleep; for more sun today, on and off, and for not being as cold as it sounded when Kfm’s Brandon Leigh kept saying this will be the coldest day and night this year today, at 14C today and 7C tonight; for a visit by our Absolute Fire fire equipment servicing company, confirming that our smoke detector fire alarm system does not conform to SANS legal standards 😱, this company offering amazing service and advice, not charging for their visit today; for finishing off the Zest website today, selecting the photographs for it; for my rolls waiting for me at Dinkel Bakery; Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 23 of Level 4, 20 July 2021

 

Tuesday 20 July 2021, Day 23 of Level 4 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a rainy and sunny day, colder today at 14 C but reasonable; for a peaceful sleep, waking early and starting to work; for a lot of emails to and from Sandak-Lewin, showing them that I have had enough; for finishing off the legal dispute communications, happy that its done; for posting my SwitchBitch book to Gloria Janse van Rensburg and buying sisal rope from Camps Bay Hardware, always with fabulous service, to bring my cats’ scratch tree back to its original condition, it having been destroyed in the past year that Minsky has been here, the cats being very happy 😻😻; for a refreshing walk to Bakoven, it being cold now; for great Dansdag music 💃💃💃 on Kfm; and for being happy, healthy and free 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 21 of Level 4, 18 July 2021.

 

Sunday 18 July 2021, Mandela Day, Day 21 of Level 4 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a beautiful summer day, at 24C, locals at the beach and swimming in the Tidal Pool, and a huge traffic jam through Camps Bay from the Hout Bay side right now, ahead of a cold and wet three days from tomorrow; for surviving on 5 hours sleep, when the Nigerians started a party in our block at 6h00 this morning 😱; for a hardworking writing morning; for a Camps Bay walk at midday; for a Vit D shot on my terrace and managing to sleep for another hour; for a Bakoven walk, sensing how happy everyone is on this beautiful day ❤️; and for being healthy and free. Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 19 of Level 4, 16 July 2021

 

Friday 16 July 2021, Day 19 of Level 4 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a most beautiful day, with sunshine at 17C, a shorts and sleeveless top day; for getting my writing done this morning and admin this afternoon; for a longer walk today, up Houghton Road, and down my secret Bakoven lanes, photographing flowers in the main, reflecting the beauty in my life; for being a peaceful day in the Cape, feeling totally safe here; and for being happy, healthy, and free.

The Sweet Service Award went to Labotessa Café; the Sour Service Award went to the Department of Home Affairs!

Sweet Service Award goes to Labotessa Café; Sour Service Award goes to Department of Home Affairs!

A huge thanks to Emma for her solid advice 🙏🙏🙏🙏👏 after being harassed by Sacha Jack, owner of the Ebbtide 201 party apartment 🥵🥵🥵🥵🥵🥵🥵🥵🥵🥵🥵🥵 WhataCheek! #Bully

Another President’s Speech coming up, third this week 😱🍷

SA Corona Status: 2 269 179 cases 66385 deaths 4 046 267 vaccinations

FitBit 9000 steps 7 km 👣

Lovemylife❤️

 

The Corona Virus Lockdown (Level 5), announced by our President Cyril Ramaphosa earlier to commence on 27 March 2020 and to continue until 16 April, subsequently extended to 30 April, lowered to Level 4 from 1 May, lowered to Level 3 from 1 June, lowered to Level 2 from 18 August, lowered to Level 1 from 21 September, and moved back to Adjusted Level 3 from 29 December,  extended to 15 February on 11 January 2021, extended but relaxed on 1 February, and relaxed back to Level 1 on 1 March 2021, moved back to Adjusted Level 2 on 31 May, moved back to level 3 on 16 June, and moved back to Adjusted Level 4 on 28 June and extended by two weeks on 11 July,  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: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 18 of Level 4, 15 July 2021.

Thursday 15 July 2021, Day 18 of Level 4 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a beautiful day, feeling like summer at 17C, wearing shorts and a sleeveless top on my midday walk; for an uninterrupted sleep last night 🙏; for packing in a lot of writing and client work this morning, preparing for two Status meetings this afternoon; for my Dinkel poppyseed rolls being ready for me; for meeting a wonderful Facebook Friend Celia Mauerberger for the first time, who is so kind, supporting my Facebook Stories in the early hours of the day, at Frosted in Sea Point, where they make delicious cupcakes ❤️❤️❤️; for making myself the most cosy bed with a second duvet Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 17 of Level 4, 14 July 2021

 

Wednesday 14 July 2021, Day 17 of Level 4 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a sunny day, but still chilly at 14C; for surviving on little sleep, with the Nigerian and friends partying from 1h30 until 5h00 this morning in Sacha Jack’s EbbTide Apartment 201 ; for two Discovery Gameboard plays, winning another Woolies voucher from points left over plus the new ones gained today; for walks to Camps Bay and then to Bakoven; for being able to share a not-good situation from yesterday with a wonderful client, a very good listener; for being safe in Cape Town; and for being healthy and free. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Lindt adds a colourful touch to its Hello South Africa chocolate slab range packaging!

 

Lindt has announced the launch of new Hello South Africa packaging for its Hello Chocolate Slab range, with colourful packaging and interesting ingredient combinations for its three products honouring our three biggest cities. The Hello range was launched in 2020, but its packaging design is new.

Cape Town is honoured with a visual of Table Mountain, Devil’s Peak, Lions Headcand Signal Hill, and is a Caramel Brownie Chocolate. Johannesburg’s Jozi Chocolate wrapper depicts the colourful Orlando Power Station in Soweto , and is a Cookies & Cream slab.  The Durban Durbz slab is a Crunchy Nougat slab, and its wrapper depicts the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

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