After months of strict lockdown, the country is open to tourists again. Only a few dare to visit; empty planes, empty streets, empty restaurants and shops. Many restaurants, cafes and businesses have gone bankrupt. Unemployment is at 50%; the situation is desperate for many people. And yet… you see radiant, smiling faces everywhere, you hear singing and there is movement, there is action. Homeless people make beautiful statues from found steel wire, unemployed ‘big mama’s’ in the street loudly sing “Hallelujah” and those who can afford it, give them some money. Cafes open again, albeit with less staff; often the owner joins in the shifts.
Anywhere you go, your temperature is taken, you have to disinfect your hands and fill in a log before entering. Anywhere. From restaurant, to shop, to hotel. At the airport your covid test certificate is also checked to the letter. Unfortunately, most poor people don’t have a chance to disinfect themselves properly, so the number of cases across the country is increasing. But it is doable, and the country needs us – tourists – so badly. See you in South Africa?