Tshepo Mmusi
Klerksdorp, Jouberton Township
Date: 17 May 2012

When the country’s president announced a national lockdown, it came with many regulations which amongst included banning of alcohol and cigarette sales. The country came to a standstill, and our economy collapsed and was declared being in a junk status. In previous weeks when the president was giving statements in a form of media briefings he indicated that South Africa as a country was doing great in terms of controlling Corona virus pandemic and congratulated citizens on good behaviour and compliance to the pandemic regulations. He stressed and indicated that we have come so far with great sacrifices and dedication to beating the virus, and we cannot abruptly go back to our normal lives as progress made will be in vain.

The stark reality is that the country must open the economy in order to be functional and viable. Level 3 means that businesses must function and workers must return to work with caution. Other work places require workers to work in teams and groups, can social distancing be maintained?

Many people are excited that liquor business is amongst those who are going to operate come the 1st of June 2020. Many people have been resorting to home brewed sorghums and concoctions which are somehow not healthy to their health. A stark reality is that alcohol bring people together, and it has become a tradition that people share drinks in our localities. With many areas going to stage 3 of lock down do we see ourselves beating the pandemic? Recent Covid 19 statistics show evidently that numbers of new infections is increasing. What is to be excited about level 3 of Covid 19? The facts that we are going to infect one another at work places and our social gatherings. The WHO has released a statement that Corona virus is going to be here for a very long time just like HIV/AIDS, and we need to start living our lives in a New Normal mentality and behaviours. Is the country’s intoxication worth millions of lives that should be lost due to the pandemic?