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Corona Virus: SA Government lam-basted for action on cooked food sales, threatened with legal action about its ‘illegal’ ban on Take-Away hot foods prepared in supermarkets!

 

The South African Government is facing legal action regarding the State of Disaster regulations on a number of fronts, including the ‘race-related’ allocation of funds to tourism businesses from the Tourism Relief Fund, a case brought by AfriForum, and to be heard this coming week.  Now the unknown Sakeliga is threatening court action if the Government does not withdraw its new ruling that hot and prepared foods sold on a Take-Away basis by supermarkets, announced last week as Phase 1 of the Lockdown period expired. Woolworths and the DA opposition party are making their voices heard in the matter too. Prohibiting cooked and frozen foods has provoked the strongest reaction by the public to any of the Corona Virus Lockdown regulations, stronger than the ban on the sale of cigarettes and alcoholic beverages, and the walking of dogs.  Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 21, 16 April 2020.

 

Thursday 16 April 2020, Day 32 of SA Corona Virus, Day 21 of SA Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for the lovely gentle rain all morning, which made me stay and work in bed, my best indulgence since Lockdown started three weeks ago; for the weather turning into a warm and sunny afternoon, allowing to me to do a Vit D catch up on the terrace; for a walk to the shops for Essentials, picking up litter on the way, surprised to see empty alcohol bottles lying around near the stream; for hearing from my Munich friend Marlene Du Plessis-Zoetl for the first time in three weeks since she became terribly ill; for dancing around my couch 500 plus times to exceed my step goal; for the last day of the first three weeks of Lockdown; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Virus: ‘Racist’ criteria for support from Tourism Relief Fund leads to AfriForum court action against the Department of Tourism!

 

In following a number of topics related to the Tourism industry, and being a member of the industry as a recently qualified Tourist Guide whose income has ground to a halt, the Tourism Relief Fund offered to the Tourism and Hospitality industry as financial relief during the COVID-19 pandemic is of special interest to me. Earlier this week the Department of Tourism was sent court papers by civil rights organisation AfriForum, for its alleged discrimination based on race in its funding criteria. Industry talk also is that the Fund benefits larger formal tourist companies, and does not provide relief for hundreds of informal freelance operators such as Tourist Guides, the unofficial face of South Africa, in showing international travelers the highlights of our country. Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 13, 8 April 2020.

 

Wednesday 8 April 2020, Day 24 of SA Corona Virus, Day 13 of SA Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for another warm beautiful sunny day; for the City of Cape Town truck driving past to clear out the green bins, the staff always happy, smiling, and waving, clearly loving their job; for being able to drive to town for the first time in almost two weeks; for being able to donate blood, hearing ads on radio requesting donors to come to donate, and with such fabulous service; for the most friendly and smiling service at The Olive Branch Deli at Lifestyle on Kloof; for the easy drive to and in town, with hardly a car on the road; for wine now allowed to be exported; for children now being allowed to see the other parent as per custody agreements; for getting a Discovery Vitality Gameboard play, with quite a nice point score; for Discovery having created a Whats App service allowing one to ask questions; for the Waterfront opening all its booms, not charging for parking; and for feeling happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →