The tragedy of the death of another Kennedy has shocked the world again. Julia Sotirianakos, CEO of Reach For a Dream Foundation, has challenged us to send ‘Share Hope’ videos for the children which they can no longer embrace due to lockdown. CEO of Fluxmans, Colin Strime takes us through the rigours of business rescue under Covid-19 economic conditions. Blind History this week features possibly the most famous and infamous family in modern Western history, The Kennedys… plus a bonus episode about plagues and pandemics.

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14.04.20 Pt 1 – Let’s be honest, April was basically a holiday month anyway, it’s the perfect time to have a lockdown. Can digital platforms be places of community for all of society? If you are an influencer, how do you know you are influential if social media doesn’t tell you how great you are? Chernobyl is enduring wildfires, will X-Men emerge from the ashes? If you have a driveway, you can run a half marathon.

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When you work from home regularly and you are an introverted hoarder of music records, the lockdown is something you have been preparing for, forever! South Africa’s government has responded better than most around the world regarding the lockdown. Can parents learn anything from their children in the lockdown? The markets need to be carefully rolled out when economies open up again, because big companies might cannibalise the smaller guys, just like in 2008. As a former Idols judge, what does Randall think will become of South Africa’s music industry and its artists?

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A pandemic brings its own challenges to every individual. If you are in a relationship, those challenges are doubled and depending on the partner that you have, it will reduce or amplify the stress levels during lockdown. Being in the client-facing side of business can be challenging when physical distancing is a state mandated way of life. Lerato has no routine… but as a freelancer, she’s always working anyway, so nothing has changed.

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Unathi doesn’t feel guilty for enjoying the lockdown and that’s okay. Life is pretty normal for the Khaya FM DJ, and luckily her ex-husband has been a champion in taking the kids for the entire time so far. She’s taken this time to spring clean, but she’s not getting caught up in the attempt to be super productive while in lockdown. Will marketing and marketing budgets be a thing of the past once coronavirus has passed us by? As a content creator, she has never been a Netflix person, but that has now changed. Once again she will grace the April cover of True Love for the 6th time. While being in the suburbs is a nice place to be locked down, what’s it like for people in the townships?

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The world for some is an oyster, and some people are the oyster. The king of South African Afrikaans satire, Casper de Vries, is one such human. Ever the creator, his lockdown living will be spent working… a new project is in post-production. Does he have a routine, or is he just taking it easy? He is in lockdown in Tshwane with his crew and they are still getting along. There can be a better world – global suffering tends to bring people together. The world will go on after Covid-19, but for now it’s just a bit of RnR with man’s best friend. Cas Oppie Kassie, out now on Kyknet!

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Change is not easy for any of us, especially when that change means spending extended time in close proximity with our most intimate partners. Life in lockdown for a therapist is sub-optimal, but sex guru Jonti Searll has gone from analogue to digital in the stroke of a pleasurable transition week. Is it okay to explore our wilder sexual pursuits while Covid-19 is floating around? What precautions should we be undertaking while coronavirus is a threat, can we have sex at all with our partners? In the spiritual sense, what do we do if we are clashing with our partners, but are bound in isolation with them… do we just give up, or is there hope of rediscovering a deeper level of intimacy which will help the relationship grow?

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”The title doesn’t do the job…” feels like a line Peter Matlare might deliver daily to employees and executive colleagues. Covid-19’s enforced worldwide lockdown means that for the first time in global history, commerce and a pandemic are unilaterally at loggerheads and affecting every citizen on Earth – regardless of your nationality, age or economic class. How will global commerce and service delivery evolve to survive? Peter details why a strict regimen is vital to his continuing role at work as a global leader in his sector. Never up later than 6AM, Africa and the world at large can rest assured that this titan of industry is ready for the challenge post-coronavirus, and his optimism can be seen in action, not just words!

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The old adage is, “Pain can either hurt you or change you”… and ProVerb believes that only those who adapt will survive in business after the coronavirus lockdown ends. Mindset is the building block for everything else. A creature of routine, luckily for him his kids are old enough to entertain themselves and he can do his radio show from home. He’s so old school he still keeps a physical diary, but this gives him the structure to be a success in life. He even diarises his relaxing time! One thing is certain – there is no going back, whether that’s good or bad is up to you.

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Lockdown for most people has been a chance to work from home and maybe take the foot off the gas slightly… but not for Gavin Koppel. His son Danny K has had him working flat out on shout4masks.co.za to produce and distribute face masks at cost for health workers. This is done through donations and public engagement on the website. The generosity of ordinary people has been incredible to see, and the legendary radio DJ could not be more grateful. Oh by the way, his comments on service staff are brilliant!

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