Now living in France, Flip van der Merwe has stayed in touch with South Africa by listening to CliffCentral. Being a mountain of a man is hard enough at the best of times... now imagine being nearly 2 metres tall and having to be in lockdown in those tiny houses in France. How is life with his new partner in lockdown, and has he been able to connect with people back home? Basic human relations may need to evolve post Covid-19. Retirement was a no brainer for the former Springbok, and lockdown has been a time of solemn reflection for him.

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Singer extraordinaire Danny K has hit all the notes on stage, and now is doing the very same when it comes to being a social leader in these challenging times of the Covid-19 pandemic. Shout SA has ensured that masks can be produced and sold at cost en masse, with a view to making it affordable for medical professionals and those who really need them. shout4masks.co.za is where all the donations can be made. It's a challenging time, but Danny has taken the mantle from his father and believes that our mindset is crucial in beating this pandemic together.

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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder they say... but not in this case. If you have eyes and are alive, you realise beauty is Cindy Nell, and the cosmetics entrepreneur and mother has decided to have lockdown in nature with her family. What challenges has this disruption caused in her life? We often focus on children needing to do schoolwork and routines for them, but what about adults - how do they stay sane? Being a beauty queen doesn't make you immune from being human and anxiety is a reality for the spinning obsessed mom. The most important thing in all this for her is to make sure that her kids are not stressed by the pandemic reality, and everything is about connecting with them and preserving their mental health. The world will get back to normal. Kindness is on the other side of the Covid-19 horizon.

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Mr Big Chest, A.K.A Abuti Buns, has always had the dream of having a restaurant and just as Buns Out was named as one of the best burger joints on earth, Covid-19 struck. For a man who is constantly on the go, how is he adapting to this period of forced rest? Helter skelter being the norm, how will he use this time to reflect on his future plans? His mom wanted to come and be in lockdown with him, but he had a hilarious response to that. Something which has been quite cool is how the digital community has been a place of solace for Maps. Our reintegration into public life might be a slower process than we hope, and his business may have to make some tough decisions if the lockdown is extended, but he will control what he can. Find out why he compares the Queen of England to his burger joint... what a time to be alive!

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As Pesach comes around in 2020, the Holy Day will for the first time in living memory be observed without mass gatherings globally. However, perhaps the engagement via technological platforms has brought the global Jewish community closer than ever. The Rabbi is speaking to gatherings in countries he would never have spoken to, and as seder approaches, the message is, "Even if you are alone, you need not feel lonely." Kindness, sensitivity and caring would be the signs of a brave new world post Covid-19 - there is no going back, there is only higher consciousness and togetherness after this collective trauma. It may be the worst of times, but the wise Rabbi has declared unreservedly, a bias to positivity and spoken without hesitation, "It can also be the best of times."

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When you have crevices in your systems - whether it be in governance, business or your personal life - stress and trauma turn those into canyons. South Africa's societal and economic inequality has led to the application of a pastiche Chinese and European Covid-19 lockdown, seeming somewhat inhumane in the eyes of many. This has not been helped by outbreaks of a seemingly puritanical, heavy-handed response to citizens on the lower rung of our economic sector of society. Is it down to citizens or our leaders to tackle these philosophical dilemmas? The brutality of having to choose whether to save lives or to save the economy may soon be on the agenda for global leaders... should they seek to be popular or fiscally prudent? Often trauma forces us to ask questions which we would have preferred to answer at a different time, but leadership is needed when the chips are down, and Covid-19 has placed at the feet of leaders around the globe, a challenge not seen before.

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Some entertainment can happen without fans and none of the allure of the artist or art is lost, but stand up comedy needs the crowd, it’s not a vibe otherwise. They say comedy is not only there to entertain, but also to teach us about the human condition, but what does a stalwart of the comedy world have to learn about himself as he faces the lockdown solo, with Coco, who might be a stripper? When is Covid-19 scheduled to get funny, because some comedians have already made jokes and it’s been received awkwardly because of the timing? If you are used to being an entertainer, how do you entertain yourself? If your ex brings you food, how do you make sure it’s not poisoned? Dave’s routine - just like him - is hilarious!

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Since time immemorial, the court jester has always been held in high regard by the masses, and with good reason. Now David Scott is no idiot or fool, but he has perfected the art of satire - especially when satirising the highest members of South African society. What is the role of satire if it has a role at all in tough times? How has The Kiffness developed from a small band into an industry leader in South Africa? How does a partner adjust to living with a creative soul in a confined space? How long does the process of creating his songs take? What’s lockdown been like for a social commentator, since he can’t get out to interact with the world? His response about his wife and how happy they are together is something to be cherished for life. May the road rise to meet you too good sir!

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The rate at which the world switched from analogue to digital is amazing, the new normal is online now. How does a man whose job it is to report on the news and the fabric of society stay sane in lockdown? What role does Justice Malala's wife play in his morning routine, even though she’s in America while he sits in Kalk Bay, Cape Town? As the individual cost of not connecting physically with others comes to the fore, we need people to also report on the possible socio-economic factors at play daily in this pandemic economy. Can the country afford to deal with an outbreak of Covid-19? There’s a fine line between social obedience and tyranny, is South Africa’s military putting large scale public safety on a knife edge? We've seen military and state vehicles in townships before, but last time we had Nelson Mandela to placate the restless masses... can Cyril Ramaphosa do the same?

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”These people have regressed!” This is how Tumi Morake speaks about her own children and their struggle to adapt to the Covid-19 lockdown. This might explain why her children say she is driving them crazy. An interesting decision was made about leaving their new home in America to go and join family elsewhere in the States, and the situation has turned into a real life sitcom. With her usual wit and candour we hear about her struggles with mental health and how that battle is going in these self-isolation times. If you plan for a rainy day in Rands but now the rain comes in Dollars, what then? A fascinating revelation about what they could sacrifice as a family following coronavirus only goes to show how conscious the comedian is. Which softer sides of humanity will we see following this pandemic? And the Covid-19 lockdown rule number one... ”Embrace your rotundness and let the kids be free willy!"

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