Lockdown!

From midnight tonight, South  Africa is on lockdown.

( a word first coined in this year…)

Meaning that unless we have to go out to buy food or seek medical attention, we have at stay at home. The full rules are here, but for the majority of us, that one sentence sums it up quite nicely.

Bizarrely, there will be no alcohol or tobacco products sold during the 21 days (not legally, anyway), and so huge queues – with no social distancing – formed outside those kind of shops this morning. It does seem bizarre to put the population into lockdown like some sort of guinea pig in some dystopian experiment and then not allow them to access any of their usual goto coping mechanisms.

This will not end well.

Not that it was going to end well anyway.

I went for a last (out and about) run this morning, and got some last minute chocolate in to placate Mrs 6000, just in case there was a late rush.

We managed a late afternoon family dog walk. With the family dog.
The school field was chained up already. We had to walk around the block instead. The beagle was disappointed at the lack of Hadeda-chasing opportunities.

And now, I guess this is it. We stay home unless we have a genuine reason to go out. The situation is changing every hour, every day. But as it stands at the moment, I can’t see three weeks being enough. Nowhere near. Six or eight, maybe.

But who knows? See you all on the other side*.

 

 

* blogging is classed as an “essential service” and will continue throughout the SA lockdown.

Dash

I’ve had to make a quick trip across (a bit of) the country, so might not be able to get a blog post in later.

Nothing desperate, but really not ideal either: just some pre-lockdown admin. Got to be prepared, because I really don’t believe that three weeks is going to be enough…

Anyway, thoughts to follow if I get chance. And if not, at least there was this here today.

The Rise of Casinos in South Africa.

Only a few hours after the boldest, most innovative lineup release by Evolution Gaming, the company has announced that it is about to go live in regulated markets in South Africa. This great news has arrived after the gaming company had acquired a WCGRB (Western Cape Gambling and Racing Board) licence.
This is a great move for the South African gaming industry. Gambling has always been played around South Africa and the market for it has been growing and growing ever since it started.

Receiving this licence of extreme value will enable the proficient Swedish Live Casino Producers to finally release their product to a variety of operators in Africa. Thanks to this licence, the company will also release all new live casino gaming products from a new provider they had recently acquired called Ezugi.

Although it may have taken a while to kick into gear, the South African Gaming Industry is finally reaching its full potential. This phenomenon is changing the global opinion and view of citizens, while they are enjoying an all new easy access to an endless range of entertainment via the never-ending universe of the internet, which is accessed with a simple tap on their mobile devices, from anywhere they are and whenever they want.

Considering other kinds of gambling are already considerably popular in South Africa, it’s no surprise that you can find about 40 casinos which are fully licensed around the country, including the Rio Casino situated in Klerksdorp, which is the largest casino in Africa and even amongst the largest in the whole Southern Hemisphere.

Although land-based casinos had formed a solid backbone for traditional gambling in South Africa, the digital boom of fast internet and the worldwide daily use of smartphones has managed to forever change the gambling joy of citizens. 

Online gaming is growing to be an epic global trend in every country of the world, including the African continent. Statistics show that the South African online gaming market is anticipated to produce at least R3 billion in revenue, in the coming year of 2020. This economical growth looks even bigger when you compare it to 7 years ago, back in 2013, when the industry was worth only R289 million, that’s ten times in less than a decade!

These numbers give us a vague look at how just like the rest of the world, online gaming has finally made its way to the South African market and swiftly become one of the most popular and widely accepted hobbies in the country. The massive economic shift shows what cultural change is capable of.

 

While the enjoyment of gambling games such as poker, baccarat, black jack and sports betting on sports events was already widely popular across the country, it’s quite obvious that South Africa has embraced the Online Gaming world, bringing a huge cultural acceptance as a pastime for millions. 


Don’t forget everyone, gambling is and always should remain a hobby or a pastime and should always be enjoyed soberly and responsibly.

Advice

There’s more to this pandemic than just virology and epidemiology.

There are the huge economic consequences, the social and psychological effects of worry, panic and a future unknown. And then there is the sheer logistical challenge of just trying to live your daily life (or something close to it), educating your kids, buying your food, looking after your family.

I know what’s going on with the science stuff, but the rest of it is as new to me as the next guy (a safe social distance from me) on the street.

The situation is grave, especially in SA given our existing problems of unemployment, poverty, crumbling economy and social division, but I have some hope.  I’m noticing a willingness among the majority to unite and try and get through this. And without wanting to be all doe-eyed and sentimental, things really do work on the odd occasions when this country pulls together.

There will always be the idiots out there who will not get involved or even try to derail these processes, but there are definitely the first signs of cooperation and unity beginning to show through.

I’m doing my bit, trying to help coordinate schoolwork for the shutdown, offering assistance to neighbours and volunteering my (surprisingly still quite professional) services where appropriate.

The rest of the time, I’m washing my hands, watching funny TV (because argh! no sport…), getting some fresh air and trying to keep fit and healthy. We will get through this. It’s going to be difficult and it’s going to be ugly, but if we do choose to look after ourselves and each other, we will prevail.

Stay safe, stay sensible. And now… wash your hands.

Mainly waves and no RBOSS

There’s a problem. Such was the weather yesterday (very sunny; very, very windy), that there was nothing to photograph except amazing waves, and just so much light and colour that it looks like I’ve RBOSSed everything.

Not the case, I promise.

If you’ve not been to Cape Town, I can completely understand that when you look at these images, you immediately think that I have gone mad with the sliders in Lightroom. I would never.

I remember being utterly astonished by the clarity of the light and the colour when I first came over here. Not every day, obviously – it’s grey and miserable today. I’m sure that there are other places in the world with equally amazing conditions, but I haven’t been there yet.

But I swear that yesterday, the turquoise really was that turquoise, the white honestly that white and the other colours genuinely were whatever colours they were. If only we could have enjoyed them without our eyeballs being ripped out by the wind and assaulted by the sand.

Still, great day out…

(Oh, and I know that I probably shouldn’t have monochromed that one photo, but I just have a nagging feeling that I’m going to need a dramatic B&W wave photo one day. As you do.)