Stacy-Lee May – The Queen of Smoke 

Lockdown is many things for many people, but one person who has taken it in her stride is 23-year-old ‘spinner’ and daredevil Stacey-Lee May from Eldorado Park.
 
Her craz car tricks and spinning performances have seen her recognised as one of South Africa’s most well-known and popular car-spinners, and she has made appearances on shows like So You Think You Can Spin, Top Gear SA and The Grand Tour. She also received the Gauteng’s Woman of Honour award and starred alongside South African actress, Charlize Theron on Netflix’s Motorsport show, Hyperdrive.
For now, however, her engines are cooling. 
 
“We planned fairly well,” said Monster Energy athlete Stacey-Lee of the family’s lockdown approach. “Knowing that the shops were going to shut, we went out and bought some important parts for the vehicles we wanted to work on so that we would have enough to do during the Lockdown. We are building up and working on a V8 that we hope to have ready for when Lockdown finishes.”
 
Now that we are deep in Lockdown however, Stacey-Lee’s daily life has changed dramatically. 
 
“Well, nowadays I wake up whenever, and watch some tv or do some baking, which I have learned during Lockdown, which is great,” said Stacey-Lee. “On top of that, we have to look at different ways to hold events. Spinning and drifting events attract huge crowds, so we are going to have to adapt as soccer has adapted with no spectators and with online streaming.”
Stacey-Lee May
 
Stacey-Lee has another trick up her sleeve for when the Lockdown eases and when all get going again. “I’m playing Playstation all the time to work on my skills,” said Stacey-Lee. “I’ve been playing Need For Speed since the start.”
 
When it comes to inspiration to keep her going during this time of relative inactivity, Stacey-Lee doesn’t have to look far. “I look up to my mom for inspiration, because she has been looking after us and pushing forward during Lockdown,” said Stacey-Lee. “I also look up to the other athletes, because no matter what, they are all staying positive.
 
Find her on Instagram here – https://www.instagram.com/team_stacey/?hl=en
Distributed by Truth Collective  –  craig@truthcollective.co.za

The other side of the smoking ban

Those deprived of their nicotine fix and having to go cold turkey will have climbed walls an no doubt there has been family arguments and some serious psychological damage done.

Cigarettes and Lockdown

Most concerning with regard to Dlamini-Zuma’s reasons for stopping the sale of cigarettes, apart from her absolutely ridiculous “zol” comments is her obvious ignorance that those stopping smoking face a high risk of obesity and in turn diabetes 2. Her claim that is because of respiratory reasons too are absolute hogwash for if someone has been smoking 40 a day for thirty years stopping isn’t suddenly going reverse years and years of lung damage. And most smokers will confirm that whenever the quit for a period of time they tend to smoke more when they restart. So instead of 40 a day it becomes 50 a day.

 If cigarettes were simply not available ever again, anywhere in the world, then maybe Dlamini-Zuma’s plan would work but her dear friend Adriano Mazzotti and of course her step son Edward are no doubt making millions out of the illicit trade. Buying blackmarket cigarettes it would seem is not that difficultand are quite freely available for those desperate enugh to be heavily fined and carry a criminal record into their future.

But more serious than buying blackmarket, is the trend of people smoking rooibos tea and adding all sorts of additives including, according to an interview on eNews yesterday, cut up nicotine patches to try and get their nicotine fix. How much damage are they doing to their lungs? And guess what, they have to roll a ZOL to smoke their concoction probably using newspaper without filters and complete with harmful ink inhalation.

Imagine arriving in Australia for a visit and being asked if you have a criminal record, that is of course if you can get a visa in the first place, and your reply is “yes, for being a smoke”.

Well done Dlamini-Zuma for increasing more fat people with diabetes and an increase in lung cancer. You are indeed a genius.

And for those that haven’t seen the “ZOL” song that is taking the world by storm