South Africa: Finding Comfort in Unexpected Scenarios


South Africa went into a hard lockdown on Friday 27 March in hope of blocking the spread of Covid-19. The lockdown was extended, then the country started slowly opening up. Currently, at Level 3 of lockdown, coronavirus cases have spiked, correlating with South Africans' dwindling appetite for following regulations. These reflections are part of a weekly series that monitors stay-at-home life in various neighbourhoods.

See day 126 reflections here:

Rondebosch, Cape Town: Cats and books have been my saving grace in the past week. It was quite sombre in my apartment for a while after my flatmate's elderly pet passed away (RIP Paws). Since then we've been considering fostering a kitten while we work from home. In the meantime, two fat and fluffy neighbourhood cats have been paying us visits. One we've nicknamed Chonk because of his sizable belly and adorable waddle. The other has a collar, on which is written "Pascal". One of them often pops up randomly at our front gate or on the balcony -- as cats do. Depending on the day (and my budget) I'll let them in and crack open a can of tuna. It's satisfying watching them munch away, although with Chonk I...

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