• Man with a backpack food parcel

    Backpacks Full of Food (Lockdown Day 84)

    It’s Day 84 of the South African lockdown. Although after the president’s speech last night, I’m not sure how long we can continue to describe the state we’re living in as a…

  • Heather and her Basotho blanket

    A Basotho Blanket (Lockdown Day 83)

    It’s Day 83 of the South African lockdown. In celebration of this entirely unremarkable and insanely high number, I bought myself a Basotho blanket. I am not a therapy shopper; I generally…

  • MK marching in Soweto on the weekend of Nelson Mandela's death

    Soweto (Lockdown Day 82)

    Welcome to Day 82 of the South African lockdown. It’s both freezing-cold and raining in Joburg — a very rare occurrence. It’s also Youth Day, a South African public holiday commemorating the…

  • Braamfontein sunset 2012

    The COVID-19 Paradox (Lockdown Day 78)

    It’s Day 78 of the South African lockdown. Today I don’t care. The cold front has finally descended and the low temperatures have turned my brain to sludge. We had a high…

  • Sunrise in Melville

    A Jozi Winter Sunrise (Lockdown Day 77)

    For the last couple of Thursdays mornings, I have intended to get myself to Heritage Baptist Church and the Melville food distribution by 6:00 a.m. The food parcel recipients have been lining…

  • Mbali preparing meat in her food trailer

    The Jozi Lockdown Hustle (Day 75)

    It’s Day 75 of the South African lockdown. People are hustling out there. From its earliest beginnings, Joburg has been a city of hustlers. No one is going to make your way…

  • Love life dying protea

    My Love Life Under Lockdown (Day 70)

    It’s Day 70 of the South African lockdown. Perhaps this is a sign that I’ve truly lost my mind, but I’m going to get real and blog about my love life today.…

  • Mandy at Sweet Tea and Chickadee

    What Next? (Lockdown Day 69)

    I was talking on the phone with a friend this morning. I can’t remember her exact words, but she said something to the effect of, “I thought things would feel better once…