It’s going to be a big week, people. Living in South Africa in the year 2021 is not for the faint-hearted. So brace yourselves.  Here are a few things we can look forward to.

Water Restrictions

Our water restrictions start today. There will be between 75% and 85% restrictions on the amount of water that can be drawn for domestic use. I’m not sure how it will pan out, but I would assume that we will lose pressure. Apparently, if the water is turned off, there will be a disaster of burst pipes when it gets turned back on, so one would assume we will be dealing with no pressure in the taps. This will be the case until next year April/May, unless we get early rains. Brace yourselves.

Load – shedding

We’re heading for load-shedding this week, and that’s a certainty. There is maintenance being done, there are faults, load shedding is with us for a very long time and most definitely this week. Brace yourselves etc.

No International travel

There will be no fundamental changes to international travel policies this year. Even if the Omicron variant proves to be mild, all of those countries that have locked us out will most likely stick to their guns. Those boisterous politicians and decision-makers would never turn around and admit that they acted hastily or, god forbid, made a mistake. As a result, many of us won’t be seeing loved ones in St Francis this summer, nor will we travel abroad to visit family members.

Vaccination vacilation

We can expect endless hours of people voicing an urgent opinion about the vaccination. This incredibly dull topic proves nothing except that feckless people know how to cut and paste articles and use them to counter any argument in the world. Have the vax, don’t have the vax. It’s your life. Thus no one cares. Quiet, please. 

Shell can take a hike

But, and it is a big but, we do have these people at Shell who want to wreck our coastline on the wild coast. All while the west coast of South Africa is being ripped apart by an Australian mining company. They are systematically destroying our beaches, wildlife, and fynbos with the stamp of approval of Barbara Creecy, our Minister of Forestry and Fisheries and Environmental Affairs. Nice one, Barbs. So, go and check out the 6 prominent west coast mining threats here 

https://www.protectthewestcoast.org/

I don’t know where this is going to end. Still, seeing as we’re all stuck in South Africa for the near future, it would be a good idea for us to get together behind a cause. What could be a better cause than to save our Wild Coast coastline and ocean from people like Shell? 

No lobbing of grenades, please

There will be a peaceful gathering on Sunday 5 December at Seals. Please watch the press (stfrancistoday.com) for more details. But, let’s just hope those ous don’t arrive and start lobbing stun grenades at our local surfers again, like last time, because that could end badly. Some people have had enough.