Today in South Africa we are celebrating Freedom Day. Between 26 and 28 April 1994, the first free and fair elections took place in South Africa. Since then 27 April has become a public holiday to commemorate the new, free, Rainbow Nation. Unfortunately this year South Africans are in lockdown and so no gatherings may take place. It is ironic that on Freedom Day we are all under house arrest and on Workers’ Day we will be released.
President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation with an inspiring Freedom Day Speech. He reminded us of all those that had fought to end apartheid and of how far we have come as a new democracy. The fight to ensure that all citizens are treated fairly continues. Unfortunately, corruption in government has set us back somewhat but our current president is doing his best to put things right. He thanked all stakeholders for their solidarity during the pandemic.
When the president addressed the nation about the new levels of lockdown on Thursday night, he ended by trying to put on a face mask. The nation was in stitches when he got it wrong. The following day he was a good sport about it. “For those who were laughing at me yesterday, let me tell you something, I am going to open a TV channel, where I am going to teach people how to put on the mask,” he said, laughing.
Currently, the Western Cape has the most COVID-19 infections in the country but the Agulhas District still stands at zero. The number of new infections per day has dropped.
My Lockdown challenge today is to answer the Share Your World questions from Sparks.
Do guns protect people or kill people? Or both?
Guns definitely kill people. They kill good people and they kill bad people. I am sorry to confess that when I hear that a baddie has been killed with a gun, I am not sorry. The thing is we live in an imperfect world so there are many who insist that they need a gun to protect themselves and just maybe they do.
Do guns protect people? In some cases, yes. It is of course important to get training in how to use such a weapon and to use it responsibly. If the police cannot keep control of the crime in certain areas then it’s up to citizens to take care of themselves and their families. Who can blame people at risk for keeping a gun for protection.
Is it more important to be respected or liked?
It is more important to be respected. It’s okay if you don’t like me but you need to respect me as a person. We all need to respect each other even if we don’t like each other. Being liked and respected is first prize.
Is having a big ego a negative or positive trait? (yeah I know. Duh. But there ought to be one “gimme’ in the pile)
Ego is one’s sense of self-esteem or self-importance. If one’s ego is too big then obviously it would be a bad thing. Thinking too much of yourself would block you from trying to improve yourself.
Depending on your point of view, is death a new beginning?
I honestly believe that, yes, death is a new beginning.
It’s tough right now to count the blessings we have. Being grateful for being confined to our homes and having reality skewed out of kilter for some is depressing. So if there is something positive or uplifting or something you’re grateful for that you’d like to share (pictures, memes, images, thoughts) please! Do share! Thanks! 🙂
Even though we are going through the strangest thing imaginable there is always something to be grateful for. I have to admit that I am feeling annoyed that I can’t go out, can’t travel and have all my usual privileges taken from me. However, I am hugely grateful that all three of my daughters are still employed, we have our health and at a time in our lives where we don’t need to rely on our careers to earn a living. I am grateful too that I am locked down in a place where we don’t have too many shortages and we have all the essentials we need. We also don’t have to queue outsides the supermarket before being allowed in a few at a time!