Lockdown in South Africa – Day 51. Stream of Consciousness Saturday.

I did want to go for my morning walk.   It is a gorgeous day today so there was no excuse. But for some reason, I could not raise myself early enough.  That’s what I hate about this limited time slot we have in which to exercise outdoors!  Roll on Level 3 when there should be no restriction regarding when to go outside!

Today I am participating in Stream of Consciousness Saturday from Linda G Hill  The Prompt word is ‘want’.  It must be used in the first, second or third word of the post.

A want is not a need.   There are things that we want and there are things that we need.  We need air, food and water to survive.  We need love, exercise, occupation, money and other things to improve the quality and usefulness of our lives.  Things that we want can either be good or bad.  We want things that we need and we want things that we don’t really need.  Some things we want are good for us while others are not!

In South Africa right now there are a large number of people who want to buy cigarettes but cannot do so legally.  These people’s rights to choose have been violated.  Some are satisfying their want by obtaining tobacco products on the black market.  Others who want these products cannot afford the extremely high price so are depriving themselves of their fix.  It is one thing to do without a want when you choose to give it up of your own fee will but when it is forced upon you it is something completely different.  I can only imagine the feeling of deprivation and frustration.   Some, of course, will embrace it as a chance to make a permanent change while others will be frustrated, angry and difficult to live with.   In some cases the withdrawal could have a devastating effect upon them.   Is it even safe to go cold turkey on cigarettes?

quit smoking

I want to be able to buy alcohol.   If the restriction on the sale of such products goes on much longer I will be forced to tea-total as my supplies are running low.  Not having a drink is not a huge problem for me.  I limit my intake at the best of times.  But that is not to say that I don’t enjoy a gin and tonic from time to time and I certainly like a glass of white wine with my evening meal.   I don’t need that drink.  I have it because I enjoy it and what’s the point of life if you can’t indulge yourself is a little treat every now and then!   Once again I feel that the government has no right to deprive its citizens of choice!   Opening up the sale of alcohol and tobacco products will also be good for the economy.  Why put more pressure on it than is necessary?

Social distancing drinking wine


Sometimes we need something that we don’t want.  We don’t want to be on lockdown but we need to in order to “flatten the curve”.  In South Africa our first few weeks of Lockdown were necessary.  Many experts feel that those weeks have bought us time.   Things are in place to deal with the pandemic.  Lockdown is not going to stop the spread but it is going to criple the country if it goes on for much longer.   We need to move forward by following the right protocols – washing hands, wearing masks, social distancing but we also need to go back to school and work!  We need to and we want to save the country’s economy.

Hopefully, our leaders will see sense and end the strict lockdown regulations very soon!

Lockdown for humans


15 thoughts on “Lockdown in South Africa – Day 51. Stream of Consciousness Saturday.

  1. JoAnna

    Tobacco dependence is a serious thing. I remember walking through a rare snow storm for a cigarette many years ago only to find the store was closed. I’m very thankful that I eventually became free of cigarettes years later, but feeling deprived was not the motivator. I hope things get better soon.

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    1. puppy1952 Post author

      Yes, any addiction is indeed a serious thing. I know a few people who really want to quit but say they are desperate for a smoke now and will grab a packet with both hands as soon as they can😳


  2. Mary Craig

    I’m not so worried about Lockdown. At least I can have an early morning walk on my own and not being scared of being mugged. Cleaned out all my drawers and cupboards and got rid of lots of stuff. Our next Church morning Market can get money for the Church needs. This is great at the moment as they are feeding homeless people 3 times a day.

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  3. joey

    I remember being shocked to read about the restrictions SA had on tobacco and alcohol. Unfortunately, I do believe this has already led to violent outbursts in those who are addicted. I’m sure some people have quit smoking or aren’t choosing to drink, but I can imagine at least domestic violence due to withdrawal from either substance and fighting in the street seems likely as well, given the black market scenario 😦
    I hope your gin and tonic holds out! 🙂


    1. puppy1952 Post author

      😁 Thanks Joey – I am sure we won’t punch each other if we do run out🤪 We have been offered pineapple beer on black market but we delined😇
      Hope you are completely well now?

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  4. amoralegria

    Is the inability to buy alcohol part of the lockdown restrictions? Our supermarkets have been open this whole time, but the stores have put things in place to emphasize distancing – the aisles are all one way and there is a specific route you have to follow to enter and exit. So we haven’t felt much deprivation that way, although my husband usually does the shopping and I stay home, unlike in the past when we went together.

    I would hate to only be able to go outside between 6-9 a.m.! Why did they do that? If we’d had this restriction, I’d never go out because I’m barely awake at 9 a.m.! What about people who have to go to work?


    1. puppy1952 Post author

      You ask some very good questions! The rules make no sense whatsoever. No alcohol may be sold. No tobacco products may be sold. They are essentials! There are 5 levels of lockdown. We’re now on Level 4 which is not much better than 5 but more shops are now open. You can buy winter clothing but not summer! You can’t buy underwear! You can’t buy toys! You can buy educational games as the children are not at school. Very few people are working at the office. Many are working online. Some have taken pay cuts or have lost their jobs. If those who do go to work want to exercise it has to be before 9 so some are out in the freezing cold at 6 am! We go to Level 3 on 1 June (hopefully!) There will be fewer restrictions then. Schools will reopen for Grade 7 and Grade 12 and gradually other grades will be welcomed back. But for now it does not look good for the economy.



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