2020, the start of a new decade. It was going to the year for all of us.
As the world talked about the Corona virus, we continued with our lives, oblivious to what was in store.
And then it happened. Covid-19 hit our shores in the same way the Titanic hit that iceberg.
President Ramaphosa appeared on our tv screens for the first of what would soon be dubbed the family meeting.
He brought with him some somber news. South Africa would go into a 21 day national lockdown. No movement would be allowed except for essential grocery shopping or medical care. Wearing a mask would be compulsory and sanitiser would take the place of handcream. Liquor stores closed and cigarettes were banned.
We were compliant and still pretty oblivious. And then the unthinkable happened. Lockdown level 5 was extended to 1 May. And then again and again. Soon we all became pro bakers, online zoom fundis, TikTok makers and homeschool teachers. Amidst holding our breath behind our masks in the hope of normalcy returning.
The economy slowly opened and social distancing flew out the window. Youngsters partied it up, and brought back a different strain to their families.
A second wave was upon us and just like that hotspots were identified. Beaches were closed and the curfew extended.
And then as Stevie Wonder said ‘No new years day, to celebrate’, uncle Cyril cancelled New Year. In fact he extended 2020 by 14 days.
Was it all doom and gloom? Not quite. Our blessings are many and our health is still in tact. We at The Vibe had a full revamp and have hit the ground running.
2021 may start off with less fireworks, but that doesn’t mean we cannot still have our intentions set.
Here’s to the New Year may it be Covid negative and joyous.