Today the sun shone brightly, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky and it was warm and pleasant. Of course, we missed being able to go to the beach but it was still lovely to enjoy the garden.
A local radio station played the National Anthem at 1 pm today. Everybody in the country was supposed to stand at their windows or at their front doors and sing along. My neighbours to the left are not in residence and I saw those to the right leave for the shop just before 1. Nobody was visible in the house opposite and most of the other houses in the street are vacant. So I was the only idiot singing along gustily. Lollz was busy working and the Earl was in his workshop although he came out to see what the fuss was about!
The lyrics are in five of the most widely spoken of South Africa’s eleven official languages, being Xhosa, Zulu, Sesotho, Afrikaans, and English.
So, here is the full Wiki translation of our proudly South African national anthem:
Xhosa: Nkosi sikelel’ iAfrika – Lord bless Africa
Maluphakanyisw’ uphondo lwayo – May her glory be lifted high
Zulu: Yizwa imithandazo yethu – Hear our petitions
Nkosi sikelela, thina lusapho lwayo – Lord bless us, your children
Sesotho: Morena boloka setshaba sa heso – Lord we ask you to protect our nation
O fedise dintwa le matshwenyeho – Intervene and end all conflicts
O se boloke, O se boloke setshaba sa heso – Protect us, protect our nation
Setshaba sa, South Afrika, South Afrika – Protect South Africa
Afrikaans: Uit die blou van onse hemel – Out of the blue of our heavens
Uit die diepte van ons see – Out of the depths of our seas
Oor ons ewige gebergtes – Over everlasting mountains
Waar die kranse antwoord gee – Where the echoing crags resound
English: Sounds the call to come together
And united we shall stand
Let us live and strive for freedom
In South Africa our land!
I know that in Spain and Italy people bang pots and pans at a certain hour to demonstrate their gratitude to those essential workers who risk their own safety to see that others are taken care of. Perhaps in other parts of my country, something similar is happening but here at the quiet southern tip of Africa, not much is going on!
At this time when the world is upside down and people are dying or becoming ill, I have a safe, comfortable home and I’m locked down with two people that I love. I also do not know anybody who is infected or has been infected with the Coronavirus except for my best friend’s son and family in England but they are better now.
In South Africa today the number of infected people has risen to 1462 – still not as many as elsewhere in the world. Have we put measures in place in time? There is so much controversial information out there. Statisticians who say it’s not as bad as the media is making out. Really? They say that more people are dying from other things than Coronavirus but what they are not taking into consideration is that this is an infectious disease and hospitals are not coping with the number of patients seeking treatment! We have to put in measures to prevent getting the illness!
I have never in my life been a germophobe but I am now completely OCD and I am vigilant about disinfecting everything that comes into the house from the shop or anywhere else. We are trying not to go to the shop too often but when we do it’s a quick in and out. I am just grateful that here in Struisbaai we don’t have to queue for hours as I know is happening elsewhere in the country.
As usual today we followed our usual routine – Earl cooked breakfast, pottered in his workshop, checked Facebook etc. Lollz had a very busy work schedule and in the evening had ‘drinks’ online with her colleagues.
We ended our day with a lovely curry cooked by the Earl and Lollz, then watched some TV before retiring to bed.