How are you doing in this madness? ‘Vasbyt’, as the Afrikaans people say…

I write one of these blogs every week and normally they’re not as controversial as the last two, but they might interest you if you’re thinking about what happens next. Just like any other mammal, I don’t have any special powers to predict the future, but I think it’s becoming clear that the lockdown will have far-reaching ramifications.

The Coronavirus pandemic has swept across the planet, leading to global chaos and extraordinary changes to all our lives. We’re all spending almost all our time at home and consuming media very differently. There are many confusing messages, and not many sources you can completely trust…

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Another positive week for the JSE, as investors turn positive on the news that quite a few countries are lifting lockdown restrictions. S&P ratings agency downgraded SA further into junk status, but the Rand is still holding below 19/US$. Edcon has filed for voluntary business rescue, as Comair find themselves in a “very difficult“ financial situation. The US Fed kept rates on hold, while another 3.8m Americans registered for unemployment. And Spotify claims that podcast listening has increased, as every day for users now looks like the weekend.

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Old people are displaying some unusual Covid-19 symptoms. Smokers and drinkers have predictably discovered the black market. If you’re reporting your neighbours for having a braai, how resentful are you? It’s a honeymoon from hell, as some South Africans are still stuck in Thailand. Where would you go during the zombie apocalypse? Can Siya survive in the wild? Leigh-Ann sees the future… and it’s bleak. And Boris Johnson owes his life to two Nicks.

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We catch up with some old friends and former CliffCentral hosts, producers and interns. What are some of the unintended consequences of the strict lockdown regulations? And George Mienie pops in for another edition of the #AutoCentral Power Pod.

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What is the purpose of a lockdown during Covid-19? Is acting reasonably something which can be encouraged, and if so, which countries have done this? Are South African politicians capable of governing the laws they make? Will the death count be the correct metric to gauge the success of measures taken during the pandemic… we just don’t know! Brought to you by Nando’s.

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08.04.20 Pt 2 – Siya is now chomping at the bit to get out of lockdown – in the words of Al Gore, “It’s super serious!” South Africa has lost an icon… RIP Vinolia Mashego. Is everyone a yoga teacher now? The people have spoken, CliffCentral at the very least deserves a Nobel peace prize. What if your mom is starting to get passive aggressive with you because of cabin fever? If your lease is coming to an end, you better start looking for a bridge to live under. The truth is out… dolphins are sexist! There’s snow and ski resorts in Africa – Peter Peyper joins us to chat about his love of snow sports.

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08.04.20 Pt 1 – Gareth has learned how to use a knife in lockdown and that’s nice to hear. If your immune system is awful, you are at risk with Covid-19. Conspiracy theories are cannon fodder, but they are the opium of the masses… and who doesn’t like opium? Are people sending fewer or more dick pics in this time of being stuck at home? Once Squirrel Ramaphosa lets us out of lockdown, how will you dress? And burying people now feels like death itself.

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Timothy Maurice stumbled on an interview with an educated, gender equality fighting pornstar named Angela White. He became fascinated by her women’s equality research, and wanted to share what he learned about the mindset of a successful pornstar!

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31.03.20 Pt 1 – What are the challenges of being a parent and having to homeschool a child during a pandemic? Children never have enough in the way of snacks, that’s the real cost of having them… not the education and health costs. Should governments save artists? Is compliance good, and should you rat on your neighbours who don’t comply 100% with the lockdown?

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When you hear someone describe himself as “the Jordan Peterson of rap” in one of his songs, you know there’s more to him than meets the eye. Or in this case, than meets the music. Get to know Zuby Udezue in this interview: A UK-based rapper, podcaster and entrepreneur who doesn’t shy away from calling it like he sees it.

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