We are now some six weeks into our national lockdown. It is all no becoming a bit difficult and we do not know when – if ever – we will live a normal life again.
From a safety point of view we are probably in the best possible place. We are sitting on the bank of the Goukou River in the Southern Cape – some 350 kilometers from Cape Town. It is 5 kilometers from a town called Stilbaai. Stilbaai means quiet place or bay – it is normally very quiet – now more so than ever.

Interestingly, neighbours and big businessmen – are locking down next to us. They normally only come here during December holidays – then with lots of other people and then this is not a nice place. In fact the whole of Stilbaai is not nice. They reckon that during December there are between 80,000 and 100 000 thousand people coming here for holidays.

Then Stilbaai is not still at all nice – in fact very unpleasant. If you have feelings for the environment and the river which we are privileged to share with the birds and the fish – you get very irritated.

Anyway – our neighbours normally travel the world – and across our country in pursuit of more business and a lifestyle they can clearly afford. Now, however, they have come to our quiet place because they regard this to be the safest place they can be to get away from the Covid-19 threat.

One would hope that once they have stayed at this special place for an extended period of time, they would appreciate the quiet more. Fredo, however, doubt that. If it is not in your making – if you drive past the special things in nature without really noticing it – you will never do so. Overseas holidays will now just be postponed till next year. Now they are straining at the bit – for the more exciting life.

For Fredo the biggest impact is the fact that he is not free to travel – right here in our country where he can explore more special quiet places. He is also lamenting the fact that his special little wine cellar is running dry. There is nothing nicer than to sit outside at the end of the day with a quiet glass of red wine and listen to the birds. When it gets dark, hundreds of harders play around the sandbank in front of our house – creating their own symphony of ‘squish and squash’ as the hunt for food.

We get regular pictures from our granddaughters showing us their latest art creations – by what’s up!

The coffee and the papers

In the morning we drink our coffee and watch Johno and his JEFF TOGETHER classes – on his facebook – and later we may walk for some time here on our property. One good thing about the government dropping regulations from Level 5 to Level 4 means that Hanlie’s Bistro is again doing deliveries – a nice Sunday lunch in your lounge – cooked by someone else. And in the harbour we can buy fresh fish again. Things are slightly better.

We are grateful for our piece of quiet and the safety net that the river and the fynbos have pulled around us. We feel for those who do not have this. We also lived in the city – for 34 years – and we imagine the hell what people in the densely populated areas must go through.

On Sunday’s we normally get the papers – in the past it was to catch up on the stories of corruption in our country. Let’s face it – Covid has not destroyed our economy – looting of our country by corrupt leaders have done that long ago. How we are going to pay for the inevitable damage that Covid will inevitably cause, remains to be seen.

Now we read only about Covid with here and there stories still relating to corruption. On occasion we note advertisements thanking farmers for their efforts in putting food on our tables. We fully concur!

This morning we could not believe it when we read that the Private Enterprises Minister is stating that they will build a new South African Airways. We were all always proud of SAA – it was our national airline. However, if it could not survive on the hundreds of billions in Rands that where already used to bail it out – year after year – while it was being looted – how will a new airline survive. No – there are other sinister reasons for this – perhaps create a new holy cow that the government can control and loot.

We were disgusted to read that thousands of our fellow South Africans – many of them at the point of starvation – had to stand in the sun for hours waiting for food parcels. In other places the best people to distribute food parcels sitting in their warehouses cannot do so – simply because the government’s red tape is preventing them to do so.
Somewhere there – in the future – these people will have to give account of their actions – not to the South African people – but to the Creator who have placed us here – simply guardians of His great creation.

Let’s all remember that.