2oceansvibe News | South African and international news https://www.2oceansvibe.com South African and global news updates with a twist. 2oceansvibe is South Africa’s biggest solely owned online news platform with local and world news updates. Fri, 05 Jun 2020 16:04:08 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 https://media.2oceansvibe.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/icon.jpg 2oceansvibe News | South African and international news https://www.2oceansvibe.com 32 32 Plan On Breaking Lockdown Rules This Weekend? Consider What The “Virus Slayer” Says https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/05/plan-on-breaking-lockdown-rules-this-weekend-consider-what-the-virus-slayer-says/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/05/plan-on-breaking-lockdown-rules-this-weekend-consider-what-the-virus-slayer-says/#respond Fri, 05 Jun 2020 14:00:32 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=528296 [imagesource: Heidi Larson]

Today marks day 71 of our national lockdown.

Thankfully, as the alert levels have dropped, so too have some of our basic freedoms returned.

The ability to exercise for a 12-hour period, outside of a five-kilometre radius of our homes, is a major one, as is the fact that we can once again buy alcohol, albeit with restrictions on trading hours (Monday to Thursday, 9AM to 5PM).

We deserve it, given that so many South Africans have abided by the rules, refraining from visiting friends or family and doing what they can to minimise the risk of catching, and spreading, COVID-19.

That being said, it seems as though this weekend may prove to a watershed moment, with religious gatherings of up to 50 people allowed and the general feeling that people are going to break that ‘no visiting friends and family’ rule, along with the ‘no social gatherings’ rule, en masse.

You’ve been good, you’ve adhered to the rules, and wasn’t the whole thing declared illegal the other day in court, anyway?

No, alert level 3 regulations still apply.

Your life, your choice, but consider that time and time again, we have been told that the worst is still to come. The virus doesn’t care that you’ve been good thus far, it doesn’t give credit for past behaviour, and it’s really not the same as the flu.

Don’t take my word for it, though – take those of the world’s most renowned “virus slayer”, Professor Peter Piot (pictured above), who spoke about his experience with COVID-19 in UCT’s Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine webinar last night.

The “virus slayer” nickname refers to his long history of dealing with viruses, having helped discover Ebola in 1976, and decades worth of work fighting both that virus and HIV.

His words below, from TimesLIVE:

“We must realise we are only at the beginning of this pandemic. There is no way by some miracle, one fine day, it will disappear. This is a diabolical virus.”

He said, “I have spent decades chasing viruses and then a virus got me”.

Piot spent several days in isolation and after his release, suffered “silent hypoxia”…

“Covid-19 is a multi organ problem and it is very nasty as it goes to your whole body,” he said, adding that it had taken him weeks to recover and he still wasn’t completely over it…

In the Western Cape, in particular, we really are in the eye of the storm. If ever there was a time to be vigilant, it is now.

For the most part, aside from the elderly, people I speak with worry more about being caught violating lockdown regulations than they do about the health risks that same behaviour brings with it.

Yes, most people recover from the virus, and a large percentage of those who become infected may never show symptoms, but the effects are not to be taken lightly.

It’s not fear-mongering to stay informed, so consider this from the Independent:

What initially appeared to be a predictable respiratory infection, similar to Sars or Avian flu, Sars-CoV-2 is now known to affect the lungs, brain, eyes, nose, heart, blood vessels, livers, kidneys and intestines — virtually every organ in the human body.

The studies that have been conducted into Covid-19 present a vast array of symptoms and long-term effects among those who suffered severe infections: scarring of lung tissue; kidney failure; inflammation of the heart muscle and arrhythmias; liver damage; cognitive impairment; psychosis mood disorder, and much more.

You can read more regarding those studies here.

I know – you need to live your life, you can’t live in fear, life must go on, this is a police state, it’s all a hoax, 5G caused the coronavirus, Bill Gates is inventing a vaccine so the global elites can track our every move…

Wherever you fall on that spectrum, just remember that flouting certain lockdown regulations, such as visiting friends and family, or not wearing a mask and refusing to practice safe physical distancing, also puts others at risk.

The mask-wearing, in particular, is done so that you greatly reduce the chance of giving somebody else the virus, as you may be an asymptomatic carrier.

You get off lightly, but there’s no way of knowing if the same can be said for the person you could give it to.

Day 71, and tomorrow is day 72, and we are all tired and frustrated.

Whatever you’re doing this weekend, just try and do it safely, and with the knowledge that we are still a long, long way from the finish line.


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Ever Wondered Where Your Favourite Coffee Comes From? [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/05/ever-wondered-where-your-favourite-coffee-comes-from-video/ Fri, 05 Jun 2020 13:42:32 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=528265 [imagesource: Terbodore Coffee Roasters]

Most of us rely on a daily cup of coffee or two to get going in the morning, but often give little thought to where it comes from.

Coffee has a complicated history tied to colonialism and slavery. It’s one of the most popular beverages in the developed world, while at the same time grown for the most part in areas where workers are, in some cases, underpaid and overworked.

With that in mind, it’s important to ensure that your daily cuppa doesn’t come with a side of exploitation.

So how do you go about that? A little research goes a long way.

If a coffee company isn’t straightforward about where they source their beans, you might think twice about supporting them.

Companies that pay careful consideration to where they source their beans from, and the labour that goes into the harvesting and export of said beans, are a good bet.

Terbodore Coffee Roasters is an excellent example of this. Not only do they want to know where their beans are from, but they also want a lasting and personal relationship with the growers and harvesters of their roasts.

More from their website:

Late last year we travelled to the beautiful Mt Elgon region of Uganda to source this amazing Pura Cepa Fermentation coffee from the Buzibiti Washing Station.

Pura Cepa Fermentation is part of a great green coffee innovation programme being done in the area. Pura Cepa is all about long-term sustainability, science and innovation.

It goes full-circle, with farmers receiving higher premiums, producer communities receiving higher education, land-floor regenaration, higher quality coffee and of course, a full-flavoured, socially responsible coffee in your cup.

This level of transparency is rare among producers and sellers of coffee. It’s even rarer that the owner of a company will actively visit the site where their coffee is harvested to ensure that it’s ethically sourced.

They captured the experience in a video, which you can take in here:

They’ve recently introduced their ‘SELECT: Uganda Buzibiti Pura Cepa Fermentation coffee‘, the first of what they “hope will be a long line of SELECT relationship coffees”.

As previously mentioned, they plan on expanding their ‘relationship’ coffees across the SELECT range, so there’s more to look forward to in the future.

More good news is that you can order your favourite Terbodore coffee online, and have it delivered to your door, during the lockdown.

That includes the full range of coffee beans, capsules, Cold Brews, and more.

Then pour yourself a cup safe in the knowledge that it was made, from harvest to roasting, with the utmost care and consideration.

SA Dagga Activist Films Fight With Security Guard, Doesn’t End Well [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/05/sa-dagga-activist-films-fight-with-security-guard-doesnt-end-well-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/05/sa-dagga-activist-films-fight-with-security-guard-doesnt-end-well-video/#respond Fri, 05 Jun 2020 13:30:21 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=528197 Today in ‘complete imbeciles who film themselves doing something terrible, share it with others, and then apologise when they’re exposed’, we have Sheldon Cramer.

Sheldon is better known by the name Bobby Greenhash, and is a prominent dagga activist who lives in Richards Bay, and featured in the news back in 2018 when a video of him sharing dagga with a policeman went viral.

He also runs The Bobby Greenhash Foundation, which is, in its own words, “a philanthropic organisation which is fully dedicated to providing help to everybody who requires information, any advice and support in the use of our natural products, medical marijuana, cannabis extracts, traditional medicines and natural healing”.

You would expect someone like that to be a pretty mellow fellow, but judging by the video below, that is not the case.

We are instead dealing with a complete doos (his word), who thinks it’s noble to pick a fight with a TOPS security guard who is just doing his job.

Observe – and also, props on the use of the word ‘anus’:

There is so much to unpack there.

Should we start with the fact that he speaks to every single person of colour in the video in a racist, and condescending, manner?

Yes – let’s put serious emphasis on that, because it says a great deal about this bloke.

How about the fact that he thinks the entire thing is funny?

I also enjoyed how his pal in the green shorts is so keen to brawl, but then goes full Karen when he gets a cut on his arm.

How about the “I’m a lawyer” quip, when he’s actually speaking out of his arse? Yes, a court judgment earlier in the week declared certain aspects of alert level 5 and alert level 4 lockdown regulations “unconstitutional and invalid”.

However, that same judge, Judge Norman Davis, suspended the declaration of invalidity for 14 days, meaning that alert level 3 regulations remain in place.

Those regulations include:

A person must wear a cloth face mask or a homemade item that covers the nose and mouth when in a public place, or another appropriate item to cover the nose and mouth.

No person will be allowed to use any form of public transport, or enter a building, place or premises if they do not wear a cloth face mask or a homemade item that covers the nose and mouth when in a public place, or another appropriate item to cover the nose and mouth.

To summarise, the doos was incorrect.

Bobby says the video was leaked, which means that we know he sent it to someone. Let that sink in – he filmed that entire interaction above, and then thought it reflected well on himself and his pal, and shared it with others.

As the backlash grew, he took to his Facebook page to offer this explanation:

Don’t worry, guys – he holds no ill-feeling towards the guard. Move along. Nothing to see here. Peace.

Then, when he realised that just wasn’t going to cut it, he offered this ‘apology’. It’s even more tone-deaf than the Herschel Girls’ High School apology:

That is a truly pathetic attempt at an apology.

Will there be a third attempt? Will the penny finally drop, and Bobby come to realise that he’s been a complete tosser? Will Bones show his face and repent?

Who knows – keep an eye on Bobby’s Facebook profile for now.

I’ll leave you with his cover photo as we part ways…

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Ben Affleck’s Secret Instagram Account Revealed https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/05/ben-afflecks-secret-instagram-account-revealed/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/05/ben-afflecks-secret-instagram-account-revealed/#respond Fri, 05 Jun 2020 12:30:14 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=528321 [imagesource: @bestofbenaffleck/ Twitter]

I didn’t know Ben Affleck was still relevant, but here we are.

I think I blocked him out after he ruined Batman.

Like most celebrities, Affleck has an official Instagram account with 4,3 million followers.

If that isn’t enough for you, it has been revealed, through another hard-hitting investigative piece by The Daily Mail, that he also has a private Instagram account. 

And no, you can’t look at it because even Ben Affleck has figured out how to use privacy settings.

But you’re here, so let’s break down the investigation:

Internet sleuth Kelsey Weekman uncovered the ‘finsta’ – an Instagram account used to share content you don’t want seen on your main account – on Thursday, taking to Twitter to share her findings.

Image: Kelsey Weekman/Twitter

Seeming to suggest the account – called @positiveattitudehunting – is the real deal, is the fact that both new girlfriend Ana de Armas and ex Jennifer Garner are following it.

Isn’t that something?

Kelsey isn’t all that impressed with the Daily Mail article on her work, though:

Image: Kelsey Weekman/TwitterLet’s leave The Mail behind move on to ITK for Kelsey’s version of the events leading up to the expose.

Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas haven’t even confirmed their relationship yet, but goodness do they make it clear that there’s something going on between them.

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…In our quest to investigate the mystery behind their romance, I stumbled upon an unexpected discovery — what appears to be Affleck’s fake Instagram account, or “finsta.”

Image: positiveattitudehunting/ Instagram

I went to de Armas’ Instagram page and looked at the 500 accounts she follows, and while searching for “Ben Affleck,” I stumbled upon an account under the name “Ben.”

I immediately noticed that the account’s handle was “positiveattitudehunting” — a clear (although groan-worthy) play on one of his most famous movies, “Good Will Hunting.”

The profile picture is apparently a shot of “Affleck canoodling with de Armas”:

Image: positiveattitudehunting/ Instagram

If that’s enough proof for you, then congratulations, you now know where Affleck keeps his private photos which he only shares with one mystery person, his ex-wife and his new girlfriend.

Not weird at all.

I sent him a follow request just to see what would happen.

I’ll let you know if he wants to be friends.


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Penumbral Lunar Eclipse In Cape Town Tonight – Look Out For These Times https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/05/penumbral-lunar-eclipse-in-cape-town-tonight-look-out-for-these-times/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/05/penumbral-lunar-eclipse-in-cape-town-tonight-look-out-for-these-times/#respond Fri, 05 Jun 2020 12:15:41 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=528276 [imagesource:here]

Good news, Cape Town.

Not only will you be able to venture outside between 6AM and 6PM tomorrow, to explore our beautiful city, but you’re also being treated to a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse tonight.

A what now?

The Lunar Eclipse part is simple enough, but what does Penumbral bring to the table?

Let’s get the basics down, according to TimeAndDate:

A penumbral lunar eclipse occurs when the Sun, Earth, and the Moon are imperfectly aligned. When this happens, the Earth blocks some of the Sun’s light from directly reaching the Moon’s surface and covers all or part of the Moon with the outer part of its shadow, also known as the penumbra.

Since the penumbra is much fainter than the dark core of the Earth’s shadow, the umbra, a penumbral eclipse of the Moon is often difficult to tell apart from a normal Full Moon.

In other words, it’s going to be subtle, so you’ll need to pay attention.

This screenshot again via TimeAndDate:

Let’s spell those times out:

  • 7:45PM – Penumbral Eclipse begins: The Earth’s penumbra start touching the Moon’s face.
  • 9:24PM – Maximum Eclipse: Moon is closest to the centre of the shadow.
  • 11:04PM – Penumbral Eclipse ends: The Earth’s penumbra ends.

If you can remember through the haze of alcohol tonight, poke your head out at 9:24PM for the maximum eclipse.

Oh, and if you sink a few too many and forget about this evening, don’t lose hope. Another Penumbral Lunar Eclipse should be visible on July 5, so you get a second bite at the cherry.

Thanks, Rob


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2OV Staff Are Starting To Binge ‘White Lines’ On Netflix This Weekend [Trailer] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/05/2ov-staff-are-starting-to-binge-white-lines-on-netflix-this-weekend-trailer/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/05/2ov-staff-are-starting-to-binge-white-lines-on-netflix-this-weekend-trailer/#respond Fri, 05 Jun 2020 12:00:28 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=528255 [imagesource: Netflix]

We had a Zoom call and everything.

Given that we are now working remotely, the odd video check-in is necessary.

We have a strict rule about no judgement regarding attire one wears around the home, and Friday chats usually involve plans for the weekend, and, under lockdown at least, what’s on the telly.

Seth says his mates are raving about White Lines, and we’ve seen some of the social media talk, so I guess there’s a chance we’ll be watching this weekend.

No promises, though – we aren’t one homogenous blob.

The Guardian has given White Lines four stars, by the way, saying “there’s sex, drugs and retro rave anthems aplenty in this brilliant new drama from the creator of Money Heist, which offers gloriously lurid fun”.

Here’s the trailer:

It’s not The Sopranos, but according to Thrillist, it’s still good fun:

Totalling at 10 hour-long episodes, Netflix’s White Lines is a solid weekend binge that will keep you glued to your streaming device. If you can look past its cardinal sin — revealing its hand too late and too lacklusterly — you’re in for a fun and aesthetically pleasing tale about love and confronting the past set against the unruliness of Ibiza nightlife.

A solid weekend binge it is.

Join us, or don’t – whatever floats your boat.

Happy Friday, good people.


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The ‘Livestream Queen’ Gets More Viewers Than ‘Game Of Thrones’ And Sells Everything From Rocket Launches To Noodles https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/05/the-livestream-queen-gets-more-viewers-than-game-of-thrones-and-sells-everything-from-rocket-launches-to-noodles/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/05/the-livestream-queen-gets-more-viewers-than-game-of-thrones-and-sells-everything-from-rocket-launches-to-noodles/#respond Fri, 05 Jun 2020 11:30:02 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=528299 [imagesource: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg]

I’m giving away my age here, but as a kid, I watched a fair amount of Verimark in the morning during school holidays, while I was waiting for the kids’ shows to start at around midday.

These were the days before DStv and Cartoon Network.

If you liked what you saw (usually some sort of vacuum cleaner or other household product), you could phone in and place an order.

Things have migrated online now, but you catch the drift.

In China, the livestream shopping industry is huge, and Huang Wei, also known as Viya, reigns over it.

Bloomberg with more:

In April, Huang—known professionally as Viya—sold a rocket launch for around 40 million yuan ($5,6 million). The live, online shopping extravaganza the 34-year-old hosts most nights for her fans across China is part variety show, part infomercial, part group chat.

Last month, she hit a record-high audience of more than 37 million—more than the “Game of Thrones” finale, the Oscars or “Sunday Night Football.”

She sold a rocket launch? Well, you can’t just go ahead and launch a rocket, so Viya sold the entire service from start to finish – more on that here.

Also in April, she hosted a fundraising show to raise money for businesses struggling in Wuhan in the wake of the pandemic:

Described as a “combination of Kim Kardashian and Martha Stewart”, Viya is also known as the ‘Livestream Queen’.

Each night, Viya’s audience places orders worth millions of dollars—typically for cosmetics, appliances, prepared foods or clothing, but she’s also moved houses and cars.

On Singles Day, China’s biggest shopping event of the year, she did more than 3 billion yuan in sales.

The spread of coronavirus, which put most Chinese people under stay-at-home orders, doubled her viewership.

Here’s Viya in action. While there aren’t English subtitles, you can still get a sense of how impressive she is:

The appeal of Viya’s show is that it combines an interpersonal interaction with online shopping. You engage with a real person, albeit on a screen, while placing your order for home delivery.

“I position myself as someone who helps the customer make a decision—I need to think about their needs,” said Viya, late one May night. She wore casual black pants and a white T-shirt with a Yankees baseball cap and long silver earrings, all items which had been for sale during that night’s show. She dresses casually on purpose, she says, to create intimacy with viewers who are most likely home winding down.

“Specifically, my ambition is to offer everything my fans might need,” she said. “Doorbells, carpets, toothbrushes, furniture, mattresses, everything.”

She has fans across age demographics, many of whom describe their evenings as incomplete without a few hours of Viya.

Most nights, Viya streams from a small studio in her headquarters, a 10-story warehouse in the Chinese tech hub of Hangzhou. The show is only a sliver of a 500-person enterprise called Qianxun Group; it includes talent management for dozens of livestreamers, volume retail and supply chain management.

Future plans include consulting and ad agency-type work for brands that want access to their audience, plus multimedia.

Viya has accumulated enough influencer energy to demand whatever she wants from companies eager to be featured on her show.

You can read more about Viya, and that time she fronted a pop group, here.

Analysts predict that livestream shopping is the online shopping of the future.

Viya is a millionaire at 34, so it’s something to look into if you’re tired of your desk job.


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Herschel Girls’ High School Is Dealing With A Racism PR Disaster https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/05/herschel-girls-high-school-is-dealing-with-a-racism-pr-disaster/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/05/herschel-girls-high-school-is-dealing-with-a-racism-pr-disaster/#respond Fri, 05 Jun 2020 11:15:03 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=528162 [imagesource:here]

It’s not just Claremont’s Herschel Girls’ High School that has some very tough questions to ask itself, but let’s start there.

On Tuesday, Herschel Girls’ High School posted a black square on its Instagram account, with the hashtag #blackoutTuesday.

Almost immediately, comments started appearing, criticising the school for ‘performance activism’, with many of the comments coming from past pupils who say they experienced racism whilst at the school.

Most of those were deleted from the comments section, but some remain. For example:

In a Facebook post, Sumaya Adams took screenshots of some of those comments before they were deleted:

In response to the backlash, the school posted this to the same Instagram account:

The comments on that post aren’t very complimentary, either. One stands out:

Saddest statement I have read in all my life. All I read was ‘protect our brand image’.

That says a great deal, because it appears as though the problem is being looked at as a PR disaster (hence our choice of headline), rather than being indicative of deep structural problems at the school.

It’s clear and obvious that past pupils feel the school does not treat people of colour with the same respect as white students, and that’s an experience shared by pupils of other schools across Cape Town and the country, too.

For proof of that, you only need to look at the posts on @yousilenceweamplify, an Instagram account with a bio that reads “Herschel deleted all of our comments so here are the screenshots. If you’re an old pupil feel free to comment your experience.”

That they did:


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Herschel was called out continuously, but what started off as a platform for past students of that school to share their experiences turned into a platform for students of other schools, past and present.

Fill in the gaps yourself, but here’s a past student’s experience at Rh*n*sh G*rls HS 2013-2017:


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Anonymous – Rhxnxsh Gxrls HS (2013-2017) #yousilenceweamplify

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Rondebosch Boys’ High School:


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Siyanda – Rxndxbxsch #yousilenceweamplify

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Here’s one from W*st*rf*rd:


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1/2: Anonymous – Wxstxrfxrd (2013-2017) #yousilenceweamplify

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As you can see, the Southern Suburb schools are being called out in a big way, but the account also featured schools from across the city, and the country.

The list goes on and on, but check out @yousilenceweamplify for yourself – it might prove to be something of an eye-opener.

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If Your E-Bike Goes Faster Than 45km/h, You Might Need A License https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/05/if-your-e-bike-goes-faster-than-45km-h-you-might-need-a-license/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/05/if-your-e-bike-goes-faster-than-45km-h-you-might-need-a-license/#respond Fri, 05 Jun 2020 10:40:59 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=528216 [imagesource:here]

The main news coming out of the proposed National Road Traffic Amendment Bill, published on the official South African Government website, is that it seeks to reduce the drunk-driving limit in south Africa to zero.

There has been talk about this for a while, so it isn’t surprising.

What we didn’t see coming is that, for the first time, it brings E-bikes into legislation.

As with most bills, there is a fair amount of repetition, but we want you to have all the facts so bear with me.

Here’s how a motor vehicle is defined:

A ‘motor vehicle’ means any self-propelled vehicle , and includes a vehicle propelled by means of […] engine or electric motor, or both such pedals and engine or electric motor, but does not include […] a pedal cycle having pedals and an engine or an electrical motor as an integral part thereof with a maximum design speed not exceeding 25km/h.

However, an additional clause says that the exemption for E-bikes from the class of ‘motor vehicle’ is revoked should they have a maximum design speed of 45km/h.

This is emphasised in the definition of a ‘pedal cycle’:

[A pedal cycle is] any Bicycle or tricycle designed for propulsion solely by means or human power or any bicycle or tricycle with operable pedals and electric motor with a total weights that does not exceed 30kg provided that the electric motor may not be capable of propelling the bicycle or tricycle unassisted at a speed exceeding 25km/h.

So, to summarise, if your E-bike is designed to only reach a maximum of 25km/h, you won’t need a license.

If it is designed to reach a maximum speed of 45km/h, it could fall under the definition of ‘motor vehicle’, and, according to the bill:

Clause 19 amends section 13 of the Act to emphasise that licenses authorising the driving of a motor vehicle are a learner’s license, a provisional driving license and a driving license.

In short, E-bikes that go faster than 45km/h may require a license to drive, just like a motorbike does.

It could also lead to faster makes of E-bikes being banned from areas reserved just for cyclists, such as specialist bike lanes.

Business Insider SA has covered a few other potential legal ramifications here.

These changes are not yet set in stone, but are worth keeping an eye on.


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Carole Baskin Update – Seems Like Her Missing Husband’s Will Was Forged [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/05/carole-baskin-update-seems-like-her-missing-husbands-will-was-forged-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/05/carole-baskin-update-seems-like-her-missing-husbands-will-was-forged-video/#respond Fri, 05 Jun 2020 08:53:36 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=528230 [imagesource: Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office]

Just when you think you’ve heard the last of Joe Exotic, Carole Baskin, and the rest of the Tiger King misfits, another story rears its head.

Earlier in the week, an Oklahoma judge ruled in favour of Baskin and her company, Big Cat Rescue Corporation, which meant that she now takes ownership of Joe Exotic’s old zoo.

16 acres of land in Garvin County – you can bury a fair few bodies on a plot that size.

In response to the ruling, a Twitter account associated with Joe Exotic tweeted this:

Noe, Joe – that ain’t it. You can read his statement, which doubles as a petition, here.

Whilst Baskin would have been basking in her court victory, along with her supporters (those cool cats and kittens), she won’t like the recent comments by the Sheriff in charge of investigating her former husband Don Lewis’ (pictured up top) disappearance.

There are some spoilers ahead, but if you haven’t watched Tiger King yet, we can’t help you.

Below via the BBC:

Don Lewis’ ex-wife and children allege that they were cut out of his will in favour of Carole Baskin.

Now, speaking about the case to Florida news service 10 Tampa Bay, the Sheriff in charge of the case has revealed he’s certain Don’s will was faked.

“They had two experts deem it 100% a forgery,” Chad Chronister explains.

He adds that, since so much time has passed, they’re not able to take any legal action over the will – but says the investigation into Don Lewis’ disappearance is very much still open.

Chad Chronister – what a name.

Here’s Chad in action:

To reiterate a point made in the show, the will had a clause that said everything would go to Carole in the event of a disappearance, which many legal experts have said is extremely abnormal.

The plot thickens…


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You Need To Watch Piers Morgan And Rudy Giuliani At Each Other’s Throats On Live TV [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/05/you-need-to-watch-piers-morgan-and-rudy-giuliani-at-each-others-throats-on-live-tv-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/05/you-need-to-watch-piers-morgan-and-rudy-giuliani-at-each-others-throats-on-live-tv-video/#respond Fri, 05 Jun 2020 08:00:59 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=528188 [imagesource: here]

Once again, I have found myself in the uncomfortable position of having to agree, on some level, with Piers Morgan.

I would rather eat my own toenails than deal with him under most circumstances.

Over the years, he has dabbled in racism and transphobia, not to mention his wild overreaction and rambling op-eds whenever confronted with a strong and capable woman.

Once a fan of Donald Trump, he has recently done the math and decided that his once proudly proclaimed friendship with Donald isn’t good for his brand. 

‘Captain Bone Spurs’ has now graduated to ‘Bunker Boy’ following his cowardly escape to the White House bunker and profane tweets, amidst the #BlackLivesMatter protests raging across America. 

Piers has responded to the president’s appalling actions over the past few weeks by inviting his friend and attorney, Rudy “truth isn’t truth” Giuliani, to be a guest on ITV’s Good Morning Britain to hash it out.

Giuliani goes on about how Trump did the right thing, then talks about how the police officers in the George Floyd killing should go to jail, how the leftwing media is unfair, and so on.

You can skip ahead to the Piers/Rudy smackdown, which starts from the 3:45 minute mark:

Holy hell, that got heated. Make sure you watch the exchange from 10:45 onwards.

Mashable breaks down some of the highlights for those who couldn’t bear to sit through the whole thing:

Taking a page from his boss’s playbook, Giuliani stumbled through a few insults about Morgan’s failed CNN show and its poor ratings. At some point, Giuliani either tells Morgan he “sucked up” or “fucked up” — it’s tough to tell because Giuliani’s words are a bit slurred — but either way Morgan apologizes for the language before twisting the knife further into his guest.

“When I used to interview you, you were an intelligent, reasonable man and you’ve gone completely mad,” he said. “And you sound deranged. You’re abusive. And it’s really sad to see what’s happened to you.”

An awkward-looking Susanna Reid is left speechless, ending the news segment with “Okay…”.

These are strange times indeed where Piers Morgan is, for the most part, on the right side of an argument.


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COVID-19 More Dangerous For Bald Men https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/05/covid-19-more-dangerous-for-bald-men/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/05/covid-19-more-dangerous-for-bald-men/#respond Fri, 05 Jun 2020 07:01:55 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=528164 [imagesource: Getty]

The novel coronavirus is a strange disease.

Studies are being conducted around the world to understand how it works, and if there are mitigating factors that could predict the severity of symptoms in individuals.

So far, researchers are divided on whether smoking increases the risk of contagion or helps prevent it. Others have looked into pre-existing conditions like diabetes that are more likely to send the infected to the ICU.

A recent study is perhaps the most unexpected of all.

Professor Carlos Wambier of Brown University told The Telegraph, that baldness could be a factor in how someone responds to COVID-19.

Data since the beginning of the outbreak in Wuhan, China, in January has shown that men are more likely to die after getting coronavirus. In the UK, a report this week from Public Health England found that working-age males were twice as likely as females to die after being diagnosed with Covid-19.

Until recently, scientists have struggled to figure out why this is the case, citing factors such as lifestyle, smoking, and immune system differences between the sexes as a possible cause.

But increasingly they believe it could be because androgens – male sex hormones like testosterone – may play a part not only in hair loss, but also in boosting the ability of coronavirus to attack cells.

This suggests that treatments suppressing these hormones, like those used to fight baldness, could actually help to fend off the virus.

“We think androgens or male hormones are definitely the gateway for the virus to enter our cells,” said Professor Wambier.

In one study, 79 per cent of the men suffering with Covid-19 in three Madrid hospitals were bald. The study of 122 patients, published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, followed an earlier piece of work among 41 patients in Spanish hospitals, which found 71 per cent were bald.

The background rate of baldness in white men of a similar age to the patients studied is between 31-53 per cent. A similar correlation was found in the study among the smaller numbers of women with hair loss linked to androgens.

These studies are still in their early phases, so more work needs to be done, but the following information on COVID-19 points to the validity of the research.

To infect a cell, coronaviruses – including the novel SARS-CoV-2, which causes Covid-19 – use what is called a ‘spike’ protein that binds to the cell’s membrane, a process that is activated by an enzyme. In this case, it appears that TMPRSS2 may be that enzyme.

Scientists do not yet know if the enzyme responds in the same way to androgens in the lungs as it does in the prostate, but other evidence appears to support the potential link.

You can take a look at more studies underway to test these claims, here.

When it rains, it pours, hey chaps?


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Friday Morning Spice https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/05/friday-morning-spice-478/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/05/friday-morning-spice-478/#respond Fri, 05 Jun 2020 06:06:55 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=528140 Maddie Murder Police Lay Bare The Child Sex Crime Past Of Jaguar-Driving Wannabe Playboy – Who was actually a drug-dealing drifter and rapist – as it’s revealed he could be out of jail on parole in days. [dm]

Madeleine McCann: Police Receive 270 Calls And Emails After Appeal For Information About Latest Suspect – Scotland Yard says it is “pleased” with the information coming in – and is assessing and prioritising the new leads. [sky]

George Floyd: ‘Pandemic Of Racism’ Led To His Death, Memorial Told – A lawyer for George Floyd has told a memorial service that a “pandemic of racism” led to his death. [bbc]

Trainee Officer Charged Over Arrest Tried To Object, Court Told – J. Alexander Kueng was on his third day as a policeman when training officer Derek Chauvin placed his knee on George Floyd’s neck. [sky]

LinkedIn Employees Use Forum About Diversity To Defend Racism – The comments came during a town hall meeting amid the George Floyd protests. [verge]

Twitter Refuses To Rule Out Suspending Trump’s Account – Trump has relied on Twitter to get out his message without submitting himself to questions from reporters. His 81.7 million followers have made the @realDonaldTrump account one of Twitter’s 10 most popular. [ewn]

‘Can’t Quite Believe It’: New Zealand Tiptoes Towards Elimination Of Coronavirus – With an anonymous woman in Auckland the last confirmed case, scientists expect to be able to declare next week that the nation is virus-free. [guardian]

Cabinet To Appeal Judgment Declaring Lockdown Regulations For Levels 3 And 4 Invalid, Confident Of Another Outcome – Cabinet on Thursday announced it would appeal the high court judgment, which declared various regulations governing Level 3 and 4 of the nationwide lockdown as unconstitutional and invalid. [n24]

Great Idea – SA Retailer Offers Virtual Shopping Assistant – Reduced coronavirus risk – check. Shopping from the comfort of home in my pyjamas – check. An expert to help me choose the perfect product – check. What’s not to like? [here]

The Big Sweep: Pre-Dawn Raid Nets Rotten Cops In Clampdown On Corruption – The arrests mark the first significant swoop on corrupt high-flyers who have thrived within SAPS ranks. [mav]

Cabine du Cap Is Available This Weekend – Luckily for you, new alert level 3 rules mean that you are allowed to stay at Cabine du Cap – everyone’s favourite luxury mountain retreat, just 2,5 hours from Cape Town. [2ov]

Tourism Business Body Still Hopeful For Wider Opening By September – With an eye on preventing further severe job losses and business closures in the tourism industry, the Tourism Business Council of SA says it remains hopeful that a wider opening up of the industry is both possible and necessary. [f24]

Facebook Starts Labeling ‘State-Controlled Media’ Pages – Facebook has begun labeling media outlets that are “wholly or partially under the editorial control of their government,” following an announcement of the policy in 2019. It will start labeling ads from these outlets later this year, as well as banning state-controlled media from advertising inside the US. [verge]

FlySafair Will Let You Buy An Empty Seat For R750 As Part Of Social Distancing – Domestic airline FlySafair says it will offer customers the option to social distance by neutralising the middle seat in a row of three seats on an aircraft. [btech]

Fraudster Bernie Madoff Denied Early Release From 150-Year Prison Sentence – Infamous fraudster Bernie Madoff, who perpetrated the largest Ponzi scheme in history, was denied early release from prison Thursday after requesting a compassionate end to his 150-year prison sentence due to terminal kidney failure. [forbes]

Rafael Nadal On Racism, Coronavirus And Tennis Restarting – In a parallel universe, Rafael Nadal would be in Paris, competing for a 13th French Open title. [metro]

France To Transform Surplus Wine Into Hand Sanitizer – Paris: French winemakers will transform wine that went unsold during the country´s two-month coronavirus lockdown into hand sanitiser and ethanol to make room for the next harvest, a farming agency said on Thursday. [thenews]

Death Of Man After Face Mask Arrest Shines Light On Mexican Police Brutality – Video shows officers forcing man into a police truck as bystanders plead for his release. [guardian]

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Suffers Most Extensive Coral Bleaching – Australia’s Great Barrier Reef suffered its most extensive coral bleaching event in March, with scientists fearing the coral recovers less each time after the third bleaching in five years. [mav]

These 1950s-Inspired Vespa Posters Are Very Cool – Few could have predicted that a small scooter produced in 1949 would become such a cultural phenomenon, and that history is once again being celebrated. [here]

Kylie Jenner Tops Forbes Magazine’s Highest-Paid Celebrities List – After earning $590m in one year… just days after publication revoked her billionaire status. [dm]





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SA’s Used Car Market Set To Be Flooded https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/04/sas-used-car-market-set-to-be-flooded/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/04/sas-used-car-market-set-to-be-flooded/#respond Thu, 04 Jun 2020 13:30:20 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=528132 [imagesource: here]

There are few industries that won’t suffer in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and it’s already proven to the death knell for a number of South African companies.

The obvious sectors struggling include the service and hospitality sectors, as well as hairdressers, salons, and travel.  All of these are still, for the most part, unable to operate, or have to operate under strict guidelines promulgated under alert level 3 regulations.

The automotive industry also isn’t having a great time at the moment.

Stats on new vehicle sales, released by the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa, shows that sales dropped by an incredible 98% during April, when compared to the same time last year.

New cars sales for May aren’t looking much better. Car dealers can now open their doors for business, but they still suffered a 68% decline versus the same month last year.

Which brings us to used cars and the car rental market.

According to Cape Talk, as the local tourism industry screeches to a halt, so too does the car rental sector. Predictions suggest that they might start offloading vehicles into the used car market, which could cause the price of second-hand cars to plummet.

Refilwe Moloto interviewed independent motoring journalist Lance Branquinho:

The outlook is extremely negative… In America, Hertz – the world’s oldest rental car company – is filing for bankruptcy protection…

In South Africa, the lockdown has crushed the rental car market… there’s a huge incentive for these companies to not hold onto the cars for too long… potentially flood the second-hand car market at a time when demand is weak… a glut on the supply side…

As a buyer [of second-hand cars], you’re in a positive position…

The takeaway here for anyone looking to sell a used car is that this probably isn’t the time to do that.

You can listen to the full interview, below.


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Great Idea – SA Retailer Offers Virtual Shopping Assistant https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/04/great-idea-sa-retailer-offers-virtual-shopping-assistant/ Thu, 04 Jun 2020 13:15:55 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=528073 [imagesource: PRNewsfoto/Research and Markets]

With the coronavirus pandemic changing so many aspects of our daily lives, the rise of online shopping and e-commerce in South Africa is set to continue for the foreseeable future.

Reducing the risk of potential exposure to anybody with COVID-19 is a big plus, and so too is shopping whilst in your pyjamas without being on the receiving end of disparaging glances from other customers.

This is how I shop. Let me be.

One valuable aspect of the shopping experience that is lost, however, is the ability to chat with an expert about which product best suits your needs, budget, and other factors that often decide tech purchases.

Enter Digicape, South Africa’s largest independent Apple retailer, and their recently launched Virtual Shopping Assistant.

You can now book a FREE 30-minute video or telephone consultation with your personal Apple Expert from Digicape.

Whether you want expert advice on which Apple product is right for you, or a little help choosing the perfect accessory, one of their friendly in-store team members is there for you.

The booking process is really simple, too:

The Virtual Shopping Assistant page has a calendar towards the bottom, where you select the date, time, and whether you would like a video or telephone shopping consultation.

Both offer 30-minute options, and both are free.

I hear the Apple experts don’t judge you for being in your pyjamas, either, which is a nice touch.

Macs, MacBooks, iPhones, Apple Watches, iPad, trade-ins (you can trade your old Apple products for store credit), or whatever else is on your mind – book your consultation now and let the Digicape experts help you out.

For R2 000, This Mobile Strip Club Will Bring The Fun To You [Videos] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/04/for-r2-000-this-mobile-strip-club-will-bring-the-fun-to-you-videos/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/04/for-r2-000-this-mobile-strip-club-will-bring-the-fun-to-you-videos/#respond Thu, 04 Jun 2020 13:00:34 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=528101 [imagesource: iStock]

I’ve got to hand it to the live adult entertainment industry, they’re finding some pretty creative ways to stay alive during the lockdown.

Some dancers are now working from home via cam shows, while Port Elizabeth recently welcomed South Africa’s pioneering drive-thru strip club, Candy’s Revue Bar.

You can buy snacks, booze, and take in a floor show, all in one sitting.

Taking it a step further, Chivalry Gentlemen’s Lounge in Joburg is bringing the action to you with a first of its kind ‘mobile strip club’.

Here’s IOL:

The exclusive gentleman’s club is based in Primrose, Johannesburg.

Before the national lockdown, entry fee was charged at R100 with opening hours between 11am and 4am the next day. Now that the club has closed its doors, it’s found a way to ease into level 3 with the Chivalry Gentlemen’s Lounge bus.

The bus picks you up and drops you off at your convenience for R2 000 an hour. The price includes two dancers, with a maximum amount of people allowed onboard in line with Covid-19 regulations. And, like all other businesses, physical distancing must be adhered to at all times.

No alcohol will be provided for on-site consumption (but you may order some for takeaway purposes), temperatures are checked before boarding, and everyone must sanitise frequently.

You are also required to wear a mask at all times. If you don’t have your own, or want to really lean into the experience, you can purchase these:

Image: Chivalry Gentlemen’s Lounge / Facebook

The price isn’t on Facebook, so you’ll have to give them a call or drop them a message if you want one.

Image: Chivalry Gentlemen’s Lounge / Facebook

Set to the dulcet tones of T-Pain’s ‘I’m In Love With A Stripper’, here’s the promo video, followed by a closer look at the bus:

In the words of the Chivalry Gentlemen’s Lounge: Masks on, clothes off.


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These 1950s-Inspired Vespa Posters Are Very Cool [Images] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/04/these-1950s-inspired-vespa-posters-are-very-cool-images/ Thu, 04 Jun 2020 12:45:32 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=527993 [imagesource:here]

Few could have predicted that a small scooter produced in 1949 would become such a cultural phenomenon.

It would go on to propel Italian street style to the forefront of world fashion, inspiring cultures from the Mods of England to postcolonial India.

When Audrey Hepburn took one for a spin in Roman Holiday, the Vespa’s fate as one of the most iconic ways to drive was set in stone.

During national lockdowns and strict stay-at-home orders across the globe, many a Vespa was confined to the garage.

Now, according to ADWEEK, the scooter is back and drawing inspiration from days of old:

Vespa, the famous Italian scooter brand, has welcomed bikers back to the roads with a delightful new global poster campaign by BBH London, which captures the post-war spirit of the 1950s.

Image: Quentin Monge / Vespa

The campaign brings back Vespa’s slogan “Vespizzatevi” (“Let’s Vespa” in English) for the first time since in decades and aims to capture a sense of joy as many countries around the world begin to ease Covid-19 lockdown measures.

Image: Paul Thurlby / Vespa

Titled “Together at Last”, the campaign celebrates the union between people and all of the things that they missed during the lockdown.

Being released with a phased approach to reflect the easing of local lockdown rules, the campaign comprises four executions created by a separate illustrator: Paul Thurlby, Quentin Monge, Agustino Iacurci and Sebastien Curi. It aims to emulate Vespa’s distinctive advertising from the 1950s with a contemporary twist.

When World War II ended in 1946, Italy was in ruins, and it was impossible to drive a car through the streets.

When Enrico Piaggio, who ran the eponymous Piaggio Company, introduced the Vespa, he designed it in such a way to protect the driver from dirt and rocks.

Image: Agostino Iacurci / Vespa

The Vespa came to represent a new era in Italy after the war, which is why it makes sense that it returned to the 1950s to celebrate the emergence of populations from the war on the pandemic.

Image: Sebastian Curi / Vespa

Vespa stores are now open in South Africa, which means you can once again acquire your very own slice of history.

Visit Vespa’s website to browse the range.

Once you’ve picked out the two-wheeler that best suits your style and personality, drop Seth a line at editor@2oceansvibemedia.com, and he’ll hook you up with a sweet deal.


Judd Apatow’s Latest Comedy Loosely Based On SNL Star [Trailer] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/04/judd-apatows-latest-comedy-loosely-based-on-snl-star-trailer/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/04/judd-apatows-latest-comedy-loosely-based-on-snl-star-trailer/#respond Thu, 04 Jun 2020 12:30:16 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=528111 Judd Apatow is a comedy powerhouse.

His producer credits include Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Bridesmaids, Anchorman (sadly, Anchorman 2), Talladega Nights, Pineapple Express, Step Brothers, Superbad, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and many others.

Basically, there’s a very good chance you’ve got gerook and watched one of his movies over the past 15 years or so.

He’s also the producer of The King of Staten Island, which is loosely based on the life of Pete Davidson, a Saturday Night Live cast member.

Davidson is the reason the term ‘big dick energy’ entered popular lexicon a few years back, although his relationship with pop megastar Ariana Grande didn’t last all that long.

SI Live describes the film as follows:

“The King of Staten Island” follows Scott, a 20-something aspiring tattoo artist who is coming to terms with the loss of his firefighter father, who died 17 years earlier. In real life, Davidson’s dad — whose name was Scott — was an FDNY firefighter who fell victim to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The “Saturday Night Life” star was 7 years old at the time…

Apatow…described it as an “opportunity for Pete to tell you about himself and to tell you about his feelings and his journey.”

Davidson said he was keen to cast people in the film who understood him, and are important to him in real life:

Davidson’s actual grandfather, Stephen Davidson, was cast to be his grandfather in the film; John Sorrentino, who worked with Davidson’s father in the FDNY was cast as Captain Palazzo; Davidson’s former roommate, Derek Gaines, was cast as Zoots; Davidson’s friend, Machine Gun Kelly, was cast as a tattoo shop owner, and Davidson’s best friend Ricky Velez was cast as Oscar.

It’s pretty cool when Judd Apatow says he wants to produce a movie based around your life, and it’s very cool when he lets you cast your buddies.

Anyway, here’s that trailer we promised you:

Due to the pandemic, the movie will straight to on-demand services, and will be available on Amazon Prime Video, and other sites, from June 12.


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Make Sure Your Boss Isn’t Using This Software To Spy On You At Home https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/04/make-sure-your-boss-isnt-using-this-software-to-spy-on-you-at-home/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/04/make-sure-your-boss-isnt-using-this-software-to-spy-on-you-at-home/#respond Thu, 04 Jun 2020 12:00:57 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=528070 [imagesource: Zac Freeland/Vox]

Those of us who exist primarily online have heeded the advice of experts and the call from government to work from home.

It’s the simplest way to decongest communal spaces, where the coronavirus could spread if just one employee unknowingly brings it along to work.

The frowned upon boiled egg that stinks out the workplace has been replaced with a highly contagious virus. This is how we live now.

To manage remote working employees, managers and bosses have started using technology to track progress.

The New York Times‘ Adam Satariano tested out some of the technology that managers are using to keep track of employees.

On April 23, I started work at 8:49 a.m., reading and responding to emails, browsing the news and scrolling Twitter. At 9:14 a.m., I made changes to an upcoming story and read through interview notes. By 10:09 a.m., work momentum lost, I read about the Irish village where Matt Damon was living out the quarantine.

All of these details — from the websites I visited to my GPS coordinates — were available for my boss to review.

Demand is high for technology that can track how and when we work, with managers ranking who spends too much time on Facebook and not enough on Excel.

This has, obviously, raised some questions about privacy.

Last month, I downloaded employee-monitoring software made by Hubstaff, an Indianapolis company. Every few minutes, it snapped a screenshot of the websites I browsed, the documents I was writing and the social media sites I visited. From my phone, it mapped where I went, including a two-hour bike ride that I took around Battersea Park with my kids in the middle of one workday. (Whoops.)

The following video breaks down what Hubstaff does – it’s basically the ultimately more terrifying version of the office micro-manager:

Yep, Hubstaff can track which websites you’re using, and even measure productivity by mapping how often you type or use your computer mouse.

Here’s the dashboard, which is apparently the best way to track everyone. The red, yellow, and green dots above the screenshots of workers’ computers contain productivity scores:

Back to Satariano:

To complete the experiment, I gave my editor, Pui-Wing Tam, the keys to the Hubstaff program so she could track me. After three weeks of digital monitoring, the future of work surveillance seemed to both of us to be overly intrusive. As she put it, “Ick.”

Dave Nevogt, a founder and the chief executive of Hubstaff displays a very casual attitude towards the tracking app.

“The world is changing,” Mr. Nevogt told me. Workers know they are being watched, so it does not violate privacy, he added.

Employees can’t choose whether or not they want to be tracked by the software if its part of how their managers want to do things, so the fact that they know they’re being monitored is beside the point.

Regardless, Satariano made an effort to embrace the feedback.

Each day, an email was sent to me and Pui-Wing with an overview of my day: hours worked, the productivity score, and the websites and apps that I was using.

One day last month, when I was putting the finishing touches on an article, I spent 3 hours and 35 minutes editing the document, and an hour inside a file holding background research and interview notes. Another 90 minutes were spent on email.

That was one of his more productive days. On another occasion, Hubstaff showed that he had spent 35 minutes on Twitter and lost 11 minutes browsing Spotify. Slack also ate up 22 minutes of his time, as did a “10-minute hunt for takeout pizza”.

The activity tracker used is GPS to monitor his movements, which included a jog around the park and a visit to a wine shop.

The moment when I no longer wanted to be monitored came on April 23 at 11:30 a.m., when Hubstaff caught me doing an internet exercise class. By the time I realized I had not logged out, it had snapped a screenshot of the trainer setting up to teach the class in her living room.

You can read Satariano full article here, which also includes an account of the experience from his editor’s perspective.

Reading about the experiment made me uneasy. For Satariano, it was both embarrassing and intrusive.

It sounds like it has the potential to turn a previously amicable workspace into a nightmare.


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Edgars, Jet, Caxton Magazines, And Other Big SA Businesses That Are Pretty Much Dead https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/04/edgars-jet-caxton-magazines-and-other-big-sa-businesses-that-are-pretty-much-dead/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/04/edgars-jet-caxton-magazines-and-other-big-sa-businesses-that-are-pretty-much-dead/#respond Thu, 04 Jun 2020 11:45:19 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=528020 [imagesource: Waldo Swiegers / Bloomberg]

It will take years, if not longer, for the full effect of the lockdown on South Africa’s, and the world’s, economic outlook to become clear.

The early numbers are in, for April at least, and it’s pretty much a bloodbath.

Long-term predictions are also rather dire, and Business for South Africa, which represents the country’s biggest business organisations, has said that South Africans need to prepare for the reality that they will not enjoy the same lifestyle post COVID-19.

Sheesh, sorry to be a bummer.

The pandemic has proven to be the final straw for a number of iconic and well-known South African businesses, with Business Insider SA keeping a list.

Edcon, the owner of Edgars and Jet, was already taking serious financial strain pre-coronavirus:

But the national lockdown, which initially banned clothing sales, may have dealt the company a lethal blow.

In a teary presentation in March, CEO Grant Pattison told suppliers that Edcon can’t settle its bills – and that it may not be possible for the company to re-open after the lockdown. Soon after, Edcon filed for bankruptcy.

The final nail isn’t yet in the coffin, but there’s a very good chance that Edcon will no longer operate.

Publishers Associated Media and Caxton are also under great pressure, with the former, responsible for huge magazine titles like Cosmopolitan, House & Leisure, and Good Housekeeping, shutting down completely.

The latter, behind magazines such as Bona, Country Life, Essentials, Food & Home, and Garden & Home, is “withdrawing” from magazine publishing. Unless buyers for those magazine titles are found, they will no longer be published.

That Business Insider list also includes Comair (which, at best, will not operate until November), Prada in South Africa, and a number of restaurants.

See that in full here.

As the weeks and months tick by, the list of South African businesses decimated by the pandemic will continue to grow, as will the country’s death toll.


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Meghan Markle Just Gave A Powerful Graduation Address To Her Old High School [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/04/meghan-markle-just-gave-a-powerful-graduation-address-to-her-old-high-school-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/04/meghan-markle-just-gave-a-powerful-graduation-address-to-her-old-high-school-video/#respond Thu, 04 Jun 2020 11:00:08 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=528050 If you’ve been reading the site for a while, you’ll know that my regard for the Royal Family and its sycophants is virtually non-existent, unless one of them is going up against Piers Morgan, in which case the enemy of my enemy is my friend.

Today, however, I will not be poking fun at Meghan, or Harry, or the rest of them, because to do so would be to make light of a devastating situation.

It’s impossible and irresponsible to ignore the massive protests and riots taking place in America at the moment.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, was asked a while back to give a speech to the graduating class of 2020 at her old high school, Immaculate Heart in Los Angeles.

The pandemic made it impossible for her to give that speech in person, and the George Floyd/#BlackLivesMatter protests have made it impossible for her to simply dish out the usual platitudes.

BuzzFeed with more:

Meghan Markle…delivered a graduation speech to her old school, Immaculate Heart High School and Middle School in Los Angeles, that addressed the current protests against racism and police brutality in the United States and her own history as a biracial woman growing up in California.

Her speech, in full, here:

As Meghan put it:

“I wanted to say the right thing. And I was really nervous that I wouldn’t, or that it would get picked apart, and I realized — the only wrong thing to say is to say nothing.

“Because George Floyd’s life mattered, and Breonna Taylor’s life mattered, and Philando Castile’s life mattered, and Tamir Rice’s life mattered, and so did so many other people whose names we know and whose names we don’t know. Stephon Clark. His life mattered.”

She also recalls a protest that happened in Los Angeles when she was young:

“I remember the curfew and I remember rushing back home and on that drive home seeing ash fall from the sky and smelling the smoke — and seeing the smoke billow out of buildings and seeing people run out buildings and looting and seeing men in the back of the van just holding guns and rifles.”

She concluded with some words of hope:

“You are equipped, you are ready, we need you, and you’re prepared.”

Powerful stuff, in trying times.


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Better Than WhatsApp? Why Downloads For The ‘Signal’ App Are Spiking https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/04/better-than-whatsapp-why-downloads-for-the-signal-app-are-spiking/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/04/better-than-whatsapp-why-downloads-for-the-signal-app-are-spiking/#respond Thu, 04 Jun 2020 10:19:17 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=528035 [imagesource: here]

When you’re battling a police state, you’ll need to keep certain things under wraps, especially when it comes to organised dissent.

Peaceful protesters across America have been routinely brutalised by police, the irony of which hasn’t gone unnoticed.

Technology has made it easier than ever to organise mass action. It has also made it easier for the higher-ups to access our personal information.

Click the ‘Off-Facebook Activity’ button next time you’re on Facebook. It shows how Facebook and sister apps Instagram and Messenger don’t need a microphone to target you with those eerily specific ads and posts.

This accounts for why protesters are turning to the encrypted messaging app Signal to protect their conversations.

Over to Mashable:

The app, which is free, open source, and run by a nonprofit, has seen huge spikes in downloads over the course of the past week.

Apptopia, a service that monitors app downloads, told Mashable on Monday that Signal was downloaded 37,000 times this past weekend — a record. What’s more, according to Recode, data from both App Annie and Apptopia show the spike in downloads didn’t slow down.

Signal has reportedly been downloaded 121,000 times in the US alone, according to Apptopia, since May 25.

The app was launched way back in 2014, so it’s sudden surge in popularity was unexpected.

That is, until you know more about it:

As these things often go, it’s likely several things coming to head at once. First of all, Signal is end-to-end encrypted. That means that no one, other than the sender and the intended recipient, can read the messages sent over the platform.

As privacy scandals dominate the news, especially involving Facebook, people are surely looking for a messaging app that they can trust. Signal is that app.

Now, however, it’s not just shady tech companies that we have to be worried about. There are growing fears in America that the police will access private messaging apps like WhatsApp. Signal has a way of dealing with that, too:

In 2016, Signal “received a subpoena from the Eastern District of Virginia” requiring it to hand over data on two users of the app. The only information Signal was able to “produce in response to a request like this is the date and time a user registered with Signal and the last date of a user’s connectivity to the Signal service.”

In other words, Signal doesn’t keep data on its users — so it had nothing to turn over.

The disappearing messages feature on Signal also means that if you are forced to hand over or open your phone by police, they’ll only be able to see your most recent messages.

The fact that something like this is necessary in 2020, speaks to what a dumpster fire of a year we’re having.

What a time to be alive.

You can download the Signal app here.


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“You Need To Hear Them” – Thuli Madonsela’s Open Letter To President Ramaphosa https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/04/you-need-to-hear-them-thuli-madonselas-open-letter-to-president-ramaphosa/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/04/you-need-to-hear-them-thuli-madonselas-open-letter-to-president-ramaphosa/#respond Thu, 04 Jun 2020 09:37:15 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=528039 [imagesource: Thuli Dlamini]

Sorry, I know we said we were done with open letters for a while after last month’s back and forth.

For Thuli Madonsela, who strived during her time as the Public Protector of South Africa to hold our leaders and institutions accountable, we will make an exception.

Madonsela is currently the Law Trust Chair in Social Justice at Stellenbosch University, but she still found time to pen an open letter, addressed to President Cyril Ramaphosa and published on the Financial Mail.

Regarding lockdown regulations, she says “we need to remember that rules have to be reasonable – in the court of public opinion too”.

Here are some excerpts from the letter:

It seems to me that the two key challenges to the lockdown are social justice and reasonableness — which are both protected in the constitution… [which] requires that no section of society should be unjustly and unfairly excluded from opportunities, resources, benefits and privileges. No group should bear a disproportionate burden under the Covid-19 rules.

But you need to know, Mr President, that there are increasing concerns about the reasonableness of some of the Covid-19 rules. Like equality, reasonableness is also a legal requirement for policies. Section 33 of the constitution says: “Everyone has the right to just administrative action that is lawful, reasonable and procedurally fair.” Now, you have conceded that some of the rules are contradictory. And I’m sure you’d agree with me that contradictory regulation cannot be said to be reasonable…

Expect more people to push back against the perceived excesses, since parliament, which is an essential check and balance, has been missing in action. Your newsletter of May 18 shows that you’re aware of this, saying: “We will continue to welcome different — even dissenting — viewpoints around our national coronavirus response.”

As we have already seen, there has been great pushback, with one major judgment earlier in the week declaring some alert level 5 and 4 regulations “unconstitutional and invalid”.

The government is also facing further legal battles, brought forward by the likes of the DA, the Freedom Front Plus, and tobacco industry giants.

What really upsets Madonsela, though, is the treatment of South Africa’s most vulnerable citizens during the lockdown:

How long will the cry of the young people in villages and townships — whose self-employment has ground to a halt, their unregistered businesses ineligible for loans and salary relief — go unheard? While the R350 basic income grant for the unemployed is fantastic, how long will it take to reach the poverty hotspots?

Instead, we read of food parcels being delivered randomly in a process tainted by corruption.

The failed grant delivery process is another damning indictment on Sassa, and our government at large, and the struggles of poor South Africans to access relief promised to them should anger us all.

Madonsela finishes:

You need to hear them, Mr President. You need to hear Gogo Dlamini, who has been stopped from making the R350 a week she got selling hot amagwinya or meals at taxi ranks.

People’s resistance to colonial and apartheid laws has taught me that when the law is unjust, violating it is not only justified as legitimate, it is exalted as heroic. Perhaps you can take a page out of De Saint-Exupéry’s book [The Little Prince], Mr President, and not only save the people from avoidable pain, but also preserve democracy.

As South Africans grow increasingly weary of the more ‘draconian’ and arbitrary lockdown regulations, and the government continues to fail those most in need, the pressure on President Ramaphosa to get the balancing act correct increases.

Read Madonsela’s letter in full here.


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Things Are Heating Up In The Maddie McCann Case https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/04/things-are-heating-up-in-the-maddie-mccann-case/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/04/things-are-heating-up-in-the-maddie-mccann-case/#respond Thu, 04 Jun 2020 08:36:18 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=527985 [imagesource: John Stillwell/PA]

In April and May of last year, authorities believed they had made some major breakthroughs in the ongoing investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, or Maddie as she is also known.

The surge in tips and new information was linked to the airing of the Netflix documentary, The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann, and you can find a summary of those breakthroughs here.

Now, more than a year later, police are again touting a new prime suspect, reports the Guardian:

The suspect who is currently in prison in Germany has not been named. He was in the vicinity of the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz on the evening of 3 May 2007, and had a telephone conversation that ended just over an hour before the child went missing from the holiday apartment where she had been sleeping alone with her younger twin siblings as her parents dined at a nearby restaurant.

German investigators launched an appeal for witnesses on Wednesday in which they revealed the suspect was a convicted paedophile in prison for sexual offences and drug trafficking. They have initiated proceedings against the suspect on suspicion of McCann’s murder.

In other words, they don’t expect McCann to be found alive, but at least her parents may find some closure in knowing what happened to their daughter.

The suspect is described as white, with short blonde hair, and around six feet tall, and spent the majority of the period between 1995 and 2007 in the Algarve.

Metropolitan police working on the case are clearly excited, with investigators calling this “a significant moment in their inquiry”:

…investigators released details of the telephone number used by the man and a number he had been called from, along with photos of a camper van [below] he was said to have been using to live “a transient lifestyle” in Portugal’s Algarve.

An appeal for information was made for anyone who recognised the numbers, the camper van and also a Jaguar car linked to the man. German police also issued an appeal with additional details on national television.

The camper van is an early 1980s model VW T3 Westfalia camper van with a white upper body and a yellow skirting, as well as Portuguese number plates.

The Jaguar is a 1993 British Jaguar, model XJR 6, with a German licence plate. The day after McCann went missing, the car was re-registered to someone else in Germany.

You can read more on the latest developments here.

UPDATE: According to the Telegraph, the suspect has now been named as Christian Brueckner:

The 43-year-old was was initially convicted of drug trafficking and was found guilty in a German court last year of raping a pensioner in Portugal, according to Spiegel.

He also reportedly has two previous convictions for “sexual contact with girls”…

German newspaper Braunschweiger Zeitung reported the suspect was carrying out a seven-year prison sentence for the rape of a 72-year-old American woman in Portugal in 2005.

Read that full report here.


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Genius – US Protesters Are Using Leaf Blowers – Here’s Why [Videos] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/04/genius-us-protesters-are-using-leaf-blowers-heres-why-videos/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/04/genius-us-protesters-are-using-leaf-blowers-heres-why-videos/#respond Thu, 04 Jun 2020 08:01:45 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=527962 [imagesource: Laurel White/ Twitter]

Last year, when China started to encroach on the freedoms that Hong Kong residents enjoy, millions took to the street in protest.

For weeks we saw videos of violent retaliation from police at both peaceful protests and militant protests, as the people of Hong Kong fought to keep their democracy intact.

So what does this have to do with the current mass action in America?

The death of George Floyd, one of the multitudes of black Americans killed during incidents of racial profiling and police brutality over the years, has inspired protests and riots in the US as citizens call for accountability and an end to racially motivated violence.

Donald Trump, or ‘Bunker Boy’, as he has come to be known, has encouraged law enforcement to use force to disperse protesters.

In response to this, protesters are drawing on the tactics of Hong Kong protesters to fight back.

Over to VICE:

As a tear gas canister lands amid the chaos of a protest, a team descends on the device to cover it with a traffic cone to contain the smoke. Another group of activists douses it with water from a bottle.

Image: Reporter.AM

It’s a well-drilled technique that’s become familiar to millions around the world through widely-shared online clips of its use in the Hong Kong protests. But this isn’t a scene from Hong Kong — it’s Portland, Oregon.

Leaf blowers have been spotted in Detroit, where they’re used to blow away tear gas:

They’ve also been spotted in Kansas, Missouri:

No leaf blowers were necessary at this protest, where police failed to take wind direction into account when tear-gassing protesters:

Congratulations – you played yourself.

High-powered laser pointers are also being used to distract and disorient police – another tip from Hong Kong:

This tactic has been discouraged because police are mistaking it for a gun with a laser scope and turning their weapons on the crowd.

The adoption of familiar tactics on American streets has been a topic of conversation on boards like LIHKG, an online hub for discussion about Hong Kong’s protest movement. One protester, who did not want to be named, said commenters had pointed out that some of the tactics associated with the city’s protests — such as using tennis racquets to hit tear gas grenades back toward police — had been used first in earlier French protests.

Hong Kongers have expressed their support for the protests, which continue amidst police brutality, while Trump hops around between religious statues and churches pretending that he has everything under control.

With protests and unrest continuing, it’s clear America does not.


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SA Lockdown Could End In 11 Days https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/04/sa-lockdown-could-end-in-11-days/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/04/sa-lockdown-could-end-in-11-days/#respond Thu, 04 Jun 2020 07:30:07 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=527952 [imagesource: Nic Bothma—EPA-EFE/Shutterstock]

UPDATE: The State of Disaster has been extended for another month, through to July 15…

When news broke on Tuesday that a North Gauteng High Court judgment had ruled that many of the alert level 5 and 4 lockdown regulations were  “unconstitutional and invalid”, delighted South Africans celebrated by cracking open a cold one.

Given that the alcohol sales were once again allowed from Monday, there was an extra pep in the national step.

Judge Norman Davis suspended the declaration of invalidity for 14 days, meaning that government has two weeks to “review, amend and republish regulations”, with Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma responsible for that republishing.

News24 reports that whilst the government has until June 19 to make those changes (I’m not sure why a 14-day suspension from Tuesday would end then), there is an earlier date that could also pose an obstacle to extending the lockdown:

…if the current national state of disaster, which officially ends on June 14, is not extended, then the current regulations, whether amended or not, will no longer have any legal bearing.

According to the Disaster Management Act (DMA) of 2002, a national state of disaster lapses three months after it has been declared.

Dlamini-Zuma declared the national state of disaster on 14 March this year, citing the magnitude and severity of the Covid-19 outbreak and taking into account the need to augment the existing measures to deal with the pandemic.

Dlamini-Zuma actually declared the national state of disaster on March 15, meaning it would lapse on June 15.

The DMA does allow for extensions of one month at a time, done through a notice in the government gazette, and the extension of the national disaster is the legal basis that the lockdown depends on.

Law expert James Grant said, if the judgment isn’t appealed and the national state of disaster is not extended, then regulations would no longer have any binding force.

He noted, however, that the judgment would still have a bearing on what has already transpired, to the extent that these regulations have already impacted people’s lives in one way or another.

If you’re keen to see the lockdown end, I wouldn’t celebrate just yet. Grant added that the judgment will more than likely be appealed, which would mean that the declaration that lockdown regulations were “unconstitutional and invalid” would then be suspended.

Mlungisi Mtshali, the spokesperson for Dlamini-Zuma, said they were considering their options before announcing the next step.

UPDATE: The Cabinet announced this evening that they would appeal the High Court judgment…

Could the lockdown end in 11 days, on June 15, when the national state of disaster lapses after three months? Technically, yes.

Will that happen? Almost certainly, no, but let’s hear from legal expert Daniel Pretorius, who spoke with MyBroadband:

Pretorius confirmed that the national state of disaster is set to lapse on 15 June – three months after it was declared.

When the national state of disaster lapses it means that the current alert level 3 lockdown regulations will no longer be in force.

“The regulations will only remain in force for as long as there is a state of disaster. If the state of disaster is not extended, the regulations will lapse,” said Pretorius.

What is likely to happen is that Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma will extend the state of disaster for one month at a time.

There is no restriction on how many times the Minister can extend that state of disaster, so again, I would hold off on the celebrations.

Dlamini-Zuma could also declare a new state of disaster for three months, complete with a new set of regulations.

What seems more likely than the lockdown ending is a steady reduction in alert levels, at least in certain parts of the country.

Earlier in the week, President Ramaphosa stated that some of the scientists responsible for advising the government’s response recommended that South Africa could move straight to alert level 1:

He said scientists had advised that “the lockdown has become a blunt instrument” and had served its purpose. Government was advised to rely on other tools to curb the spread of Covid-19 infections, such as promoting social distancing, wearing of masks and hygiene.

Despite this, Ramaphosa and the National Coronavirus Command Centre settled on a drop to alert level 3, citing advice from the World Health Organisation as part of their reasoning.

Perhaps that may change as pressure escalates to ease restrictions, both in court battles across the country and from scientists advising the government.


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You Won’t Be Able To Buy Booze Tomorrow https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/04/you-wont-be-able-to-buy-booze-tomorrow/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/04/you-wont-be-able-to-buy-booze-tomorrow/#respond Thu, 04 Jun 2020 07:04:58 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=527931 [imagesource:here]

I don’t know about you, but ever since the lockdown started, I’ve struggled to keep up with which day of the week it is.

If you can relate, consider this a friendly reminder that it’s Thursday, and the last day that you can stock up on booze before the weekend kicks in.

Alert level 3 restrictions say that alcohol can only be bought from Monday to Thursday, between 9AM and 5PM.

If you’re tempted to take your chances over the weekend, keep the following in mind, per TimesLIVE:

National police spokesperson Brig Vish Naidoo said anyone found buying or selling alcohol…would face the might of the law.

“From 5pm on Thursday until Monday morning, people are not allowed to carry liquor. We want to prevent people from getting intoxicated and getting together. We would be opening an avenue for them to start parties, which will cause a further spread of the disease,” he said.

To put it differently, while it’s not illegal to drink, you can’t do it in public or try to buy it, or – and this is important – transport it in your car.

Naidoo, again, this time from EWN:

“…no one is allowed to transport alcohol except for those that are actually licensed to do so,” Naidoo said, reiterating that “any other time beyond that will be a contravention of the regulations”.

If you’re busted transporting alcohol, you could get arrested.

UPDATE: This via CapeTalk:

After Brigadier Naidoo’s comments were published online, he was contacted by Danie Cronje, a specialist attorney in liquor law.

Cronje confirmed with Naidoo that level 3 regulations do not contain any restriction on the transport of liquor by members of the public.

This means that transporting booze is permitted on all days, including Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays.

So you’re good to go with regards having booze in the car, but you still can’t purchase it outside of the trading hours.

Yet another reason to order online and have it delivered to your door, although delivery services also cannot operate outside of the legally mandated hours.

I’d hate for you to be deprived of a hard-earned sundowner, especially if you returned to work this week, so make sure you’re on top of the new rules.


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TV Interview With Mazzotti On Tobacco Ban, Money For Malema, And That Photo With NDZ [Videos] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/04/tv-interview-with-mazzotti-on-tobacco-ban-money-for-malema-and-that-photo-with-ndz-videos/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/04/tv-interview-with-mazzotti-on-tobacco-ban-money-for-malema-and-that-photo-with-ndz-videos/#respond Thu, 04 Jun 2020 06:30:01 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=527927 [imagesource: TimesLIVE]

Day 70 of the national lockdown, and day 70 of tobacco sales banned in South Africa.

Whilst there are many aspects of the lockdown worth our anger (police brutality, for one), the tobacco ban has struck a nerve for a number of reasons.

Smokers want to smoke and are being charged an arm and a leg on the black market to do so, but even non-smokers are angered by what appears to be an overreach by our government, and some irrational reasoning when pressed on what led to the sales ban.

In particular, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Minister, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has come under fire, and her relationship with renowned tobacco trader Adriano Mazzotti has been front and centre.

Mazzotti has already been quoted in the media, denying any relationship with Dlamini-Zuma, and the Minister has gone on record to stress that she is not Mazzotti’s friend.

Investigative journalist and author Jacques Pauw certainly disagrees, having outlined the many links between the two in his book, The President’s Keepers, followed up by a hard-hitting look at tobacco smuggling earlier this week.

Mazzotti isn’t taking the allegations lying down, though, and appeared on eNCA’s Checkpoint earlier this week to further deny any links to Dlamini-Zuma.

We’ll start with the abridged version, focusing on his reaction when pressed on those infamous photos with the Minister, and how he connected her with a better deal for some election campaign t-shirts.

Here’s that part of the interview:

Let’s not forget that there is also this image of Mazzotti with Dlamini-Zuma:

That’s Carnilinx COO Mohammadh Sayed on Dlamini-Zuma’s other flank.

In the full eNCA Checkpoint show, Mazzotti talks about giving money to Julius Malema:

I gave money in my personal capacity, not as a company. I gave money to Julius Malema, who is a friend of mine. I have known him since the days of the [ANC] Youth League. I have been a supporter of the ANC since the 1980s and Julius is a friend of mine.

Nice to have friends in high places.

He also touches on how he became a kingpin in South Africa’s tobacco industry, from humble beginnings as a hawker in Johannesburg during the 1980s.

Reporters then go undercover to buy cigarettes from informal traders, who say that the police have confiscated their stock for their own use, and resale, during lockdown.

Here’s Checkpoint in full:


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Thursday Morning Spice https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/04/thursday-morning-spice-483/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/04/thursday-morning-spice-483/#respond Thu, 04 Jun 2020 06:16:30 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=527900 Snapchat Stops Promoting Donald Trump’s Account Due To ‘Racial Violence’ – As a result, it will no longer feature in the app’s Discover section. The firm said it would “not amplify voices who incite racial violence and injustice”. [bbc]

37,525 Confirmed Coronavirus Cases In South Africa As Deaths Jump To 792 – Minister of health Dr Zweli Mkhize has announced that South Africa now has 37,525 confirmed cases of coronavirus. [btech]

Mexico And Brazil Hit Highest Daily Deaths As Germany Spends Big On Recovery – Mexico’s daily death toll is twice previous high; Angela Merkel launches €130bn stimulus: China to allow some foreign flights to resume. [guardian]

George Floyd Death: New Charges For All Four Sacked Officers – New charges have been announced against all of the sacked police officers present at the death of African American George Floyd in Minneapolis. [bbc]

Trump Claims He Went To Bunker For ‘Inspection’ Amid Violent Protests – President Donald Trump sought to explain his presence in an underground White House bunker during clashes outside the residence on Friday as an “inspection,” rather than a retreat for his own safety, telling a radio interviewer Wednesday he was only in the safe room for a “tiny” amount of time. [cnn]

Former Facebook Employees Forcefully Join The Chorus Against Mark Zuckerberg – A new open letter makes one of the clearest cases for taking action against President Trump. [verge]

Load Shedding Is Still Likely In July, Eskom Says – But That’s Better Than Having It In Summer – Thanks to the maintenance it got in during lockdown, there should be only a couple of days of load shedding this winter, Eskom told Parliament on Wednesday – down from the around a month of electricity interruptions it projected before the coronavirus arrived. [busins]

These Guys Offer Same-Day Booze Delivery Across Cape Town – There are many booze delivery apps and services out there, but same-day delivery is pretty darn impressive. [here]

Warner Music Strikes A Chord As Shares Pop On Nasdaq Debut – Warner Music Group Corp’s WMG.O stock popped 8% on its Nasdaq debut on Wednesday, after the world’s third-largest recording label sold shares in its $1.9-billion initial public offering towards the higher end of its target. [reuters]

North Korea Threatens To Halt Military Agreement Over Anti-Pyongyang Leaflets Sent By Defectors – North Korea threatened on Thursday to end an inter-Korean military agreement reached in 2018 to reduce tensions if the South fails to prevent activists from flying anti-Pyongyang leaflets over the border. [time]

Gun-Toting Members Of The Boogaloo Movement Are Showing Up At Protests – Benjamin Ryan Teeter was at his home in Hampstead, N.C., when the call to action came. [cnn]

Trump’s Own Former Defense Secretary Just Compared Him To The Nazis – James “Mad Dog” Mattis just slammed the president as a threat to America’s Constitution. [vice]

Kylie Jenner’s Incoming Cosmetics CEO Stepped Down Before He Officially Started The Job – Kylie Jenner’s company is doing some reorganizing. On Tuesday, the beauty conglomerate Coty revealed that Christoph Honnefelder, the incoming CEO of Kylie Cosmetics, is leaving the company, before he even officially assumed his position. [nweek]

U.S. HR Execs See Working From Home As Part Of New Normal – Survey – More than three out of four U.S. human resource executives think more employees will continue to work from home even after the threat of the novel coronavirus subsides, according to a survey by a large business association released on Wednesday. [mav]

Pandemic Is Chance To Reset Global Economy, Says Prince Charles – Prince of Wales unveils a five-point plan to stimulate sustainable economic growth. [guardian]

These Butler’s Pizza Branches Have Started Delivering – It was terribly exciting to hear that liquor stores opened this week, although this did little (nothing) to address the elephant in the room – when exactly will Butler’s Pizza be reopening? [here]

Australian Star Margot Robbie Is Officially Hollywood’s Hardest Working Actress – Margot Robbie worked on 19 films in the past five years, making her Hollywood’s hardest working actress. [dm]

‘They’re On Different Pages’: Kim Kardashian West And Kanye West Not Seeing Eye To Eye In Lockdown – The couple have both been spending time at home with their four children – North, six, Saint, four, Chicago, two, and Psalm, 12 months – ever since the US imposed lockdown restrictions as a result of the health crisis, but have not always seen eye to eye, as they are both tackling their newly found free time in different ways. [usw]





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DA, FF Plus, Tobacco, And Hairdressers – Government’s Legal Challenges Mount https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/03/da-ff-plus-tobacco-and-hairdressers-governments-legal-challenges-mount/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/03/da-ff-plus-tobacco-and-hairdressers-governments-legal-challenges-mount/#respond Wed, 03 Jun 2020 14:44:19 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=527866 [imagesource:here]

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is going to have to answer for the decisions implemented by the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) over the next few weeks, and she’s not off to a great start.

Yesterday evening, social media platforms and WhatsApp groups were overrun with reporting on the recent High Court judgement declaring alert level 3 and alert level 4 regulations invalid and unconstitutional.

Dlamini-Zuma has been given 14 days to amend the regulations.

In the meantime, lockdown restrictions still apply.

However, that isn’t the end of the legal proceedings levelled against government.

Both Dlamini-Zuma and President Ramaphosa are respondents on a number of cases soon to be heard in various courtrooms, challenging what some have referred to as the ‘draconian’ and confusing regulations put in place during the national lockdown.

News24 broke down some of the legal battles underway over the course of the month or two.

The DA

The party will file papers challenging the constitutionality of the NCCC on the grounds that it has no parliamentary oversight.

Three separate court cases will challenge various aspects of the lockdown, including the military enforced curfew, the ban on e-commerce, and regulated exercise hours.

The party’s interim leader, John Steenhuisen, claims that these restrictions were illogical and irrational.

The DA and Hairdressers

The courts initially dismissed the application by hairdressers to reopen salons. Now the case has been picked up by the DA, which is threatening to take legal action.

FF Plus

FF Plus intends to file an urgent application with the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria to challenge the validity of the National Disaster Management Act.

FF Plus is also seeking a judgement that declares that the lockdown regulations were unconstitutional, and that government abused the Act for its own ends.

Tobacco Ban

British American Tobacco SA, Japan Tobacco International SA, and eight other industry collaborators have served notice on the government that they were filing papers in the Cape Town High Court to have the continued ban on tobacco sales set aside.

Meanwhile, the Fair Trade Independent Tobacco Association (FITA) has filed its papers in preparation for its day in court.

Fita is challenging the 2 000 complaints against the sale of tobacco products cited by Dlamini-Zuma when she extended the tobacco ban to alert level 4, saying that only 1 897 submissions were made, with 66,7% not related to the ban at all.

You can read more about Dlamini-Zuma’s reasons for the ban, here.

It appears as though the rules and regulations enforced could become a legal minefield for the government, and the NCCC, as the lockdown continues.


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These Guys Offer Same-Day Booze Delivery Across Cape Town https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/03/these-guys-offer-same-day-booze-delivery-across-cape-town/ Wed, 03 Jun 2020 14:37:33 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=527836 [imagesource: here]

If you’re one of the brave souls who ventured off to the liquor store to stock up on booze on Monday, I hope you made it out okay.

Black Friday looked like a stroll in the park compared to the lifting of the liquor ban.

Many Capetonians were probably day-dreaming about the good old days of ‘Mobile Dop’. Sure, it was dodgy, the alcohol was bottom of the barrel, and it cost an arm and a leg, but at least it was delivered to your door.

Thankfully we’ve come a long way since then, with apps and online delivery services that make stocking up a whole lot easier, with Dop2Door standing out from the crowd.

Dop2Door is an online alcohol delivery service in Cape Town that combines the customer experience of a brick and mortar store, with speedy delivery to your door.

Their prices are decent, and the delivery fee is a flat rate of R90 – a small price to pay not to have to leave the house and battle the chaos in a store.

If we can get serious for a minute: ordering from the comfort of your couch means that you limit contact with strangers in a liquor store, and the company is COVID-19 compliant, which means that they’re taking your health and safety into account when they drop off your dop.

There’s also no guarantee that the Western Cape won’t backtrack to alert level 4 at some point, so it’s best to fill those cupboards, fridges, and home bars now.

That, however, is easier said than done, and stockpiling from some stores is not allowed.

If all of that hasn’t convinced you, this will:

From next week, if you order before 11AM, they’re offering same-day delivery.

Order in the morning, and crack open a sundowner – same day, people.

Dop2Door is only operating in Cape Town, but they deliver citywide, Monday to Thursday, between 9AM and 5PM.

Check here to see if your area is on their extensive list of drop-off points.

Then pop by the Dop2Door website, and browse their range of beers, spirits, wines, liqueurs, ciders, mixers, ice and more to place your order.

If they don’t stock your product, you can add it to the on-site wishlist. If they receive five wishes, they’ll stock it.

What all of this means is that stocking up on booze is now as easy as ordering a pizza.

Hey, why not do both?

Go on…treat yo’self.

Mad Rush For Money After Cash-In-Transit Heist Explosion [Videos] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/03/mad-rush-for-money-after-cash-in-transit-heist-explosion-videos/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/03/mad-rush-for-money-after-cash-in-transit-heist-explosion-videos/#respond Wed, 03 Jun 2020 14:01:54 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=527829 [imagesource: Yusuf Abramjee / Twitter]

This morning, suspects in at least three cars attacked a cash-in-transit van in Chamdor, Krugersdorp.

The vehicle was targeted with an explosive device, which gained the suspects access to the cash.

Whilst they made off with an undisclosed amount of money, they did leave behind notes strewn across Kagiso Drive, as well as a burning Mercedes-Benz.

South African anti-crime activist Yusuf Abramjee shared these two videos, showing the initial attack on the CIT vehicle, and then the explosion:

The suspects escaped in a white BMW 330, a white Audi A4, and a white BMW X5, according to armed response company Suburban Control Centre.

They posted this video to Facebook, showing the carnage left behind:

The money strewn across the road soon attracted a crowd, and EWN reports that police on the scene “condemned community members who took the stolen money for themselves”, adding that they, too, could face criminal charges:

Anybody with information that could assist the investigation is encouraged to contact Crime Stop on 08600 10111.


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SA Police Brutality Exposed By Carte Blanche [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/03/sa-police-brutality-exposed-by-carte-blanche-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/03/sa-police-brutality-exposed-by-carte-blanche-video/#respond Wed, 03 Jun 2020 13:55:10 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=527748 The murder of George Floyd has led to protests across America, and the world, and anger over a law enforcement system that routinely fails to hold anybody accountable for the violence perpetrated against black men in particular.

If you haven’t yet seen how Derek Chauvin murdered Floyd, as three other officers stood by and watched, this New York Times video provides a look at exactly how events unfolded.

It is an incredibly difficult, and necessary, watch.

Many South Africans posted a black square on social media (fine, but don’t use #blacklivesmatter and don’t stop there), but here at home incidents of brutality against our own citizens failed to generate the same degree of anger.

The death of Collins Khosa at the hands of SANDF members stands out, but it’s just one example of law enforcement’s failure to ensure the safety of our citizens.

Earlier this week, the Daily Maverick published an article outlining the “breathtaking level of police violence in South Africa”, pointing out that “over 230 000 people have been arrested…while 11 South Africans (all black men, like George Floyd, the American killed by police) have died in police action during the lockdown”.

In a recent segment, Carte Blanche took a closer look at Khosa’s death, and other examples that stand out:

Even the United Nations has slammed heavy-handed police action in the country calling it “one of the worst” during the global pandemic. But for some South Africans, the abuse didn’t end there.

Thousands of people arrested for minor infringements of lockdown rules and forced to pay admission of guilt fines, have now earned themselves criminal records for going about lawful essential tasks of buying food, prepaid electricity and fetching their children.

With wannabe gangster Bheki Cele in charge, contrition seems unlikely, but that doesn’t mean South Africans should stop

You’re signing tobacco sales ban petitions, and fire Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma petitions, and you’re posting black squares, but are you silent regarding police brutality against South Africans?

Here’s that Carte Blanche segment:


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Safest European Cities To Visit Once International Borders Open https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/03/safest-european-cities-to-visit-once-international-borders-open/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/03/safest-european-cities-to-visit-once-international-borders-open/#respond Wed, 03 Jun 2020 13:30:29 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=527798 [imagesource: Westend61/Getty Images]

‘Air bridges,’ ‘travel bubbles’, and ‘holiday corridors’ are terms that we’re going to have to get used to as we navigate the new normal in the travel and tourism industry.

Until the virus hit, all we needed to travel was a visa. Now countries are looking at deals limiting who can visit when, and from where.

South Africa has been singled out as a prime destination for a number of people planning an adventure once the coronavirus is under control.

South Africans, on the other hand, may want to take a break from the continent for a while (once the airports are open for international travel).

If that’s the case, and Europe is your preferred destination, Forbes has a few tips:

“Many European countries are opening their borders and flights and hotels are also reopening now,” explains the European Best Destinations Organisation (EBD) which falls under the European Commission’s EDEN Network (“European Destinations of Excellence”), working to promote sustainable tourism on the continent.

Some sound advice for travellers before you take flight.

  • Remain vigilant and do not forget the barrier gestures, social distancing, wearing masks when possible and necessary;
  • Avoid traveling if your health is poor;
  • People over 70, those overweight or who have respiratory problems should be particularly vigilant;
  • It is travellers’ responsibility to protect their most fragile loved ones and residents of host countries.

Many of that advice applies to domestic travel, too, of course.

Forbes covers 20 European destinations worth considering, but we have picked five.

Tbilisi, Georgia

Image: European Best Destinations

Opening Borders: July 1, 2020

Safety info: Strict hygiene protocols, more hospital beds per thousand inhabitants than Sweden and Denmark, five times safer than Paris in terms of crime.

Tbilisi is the capital of Georgia, and one of the major cities least affected by the coronavirus. Georgia reacted very quickly to the pandemic and has kept it at a very manageable level.

Tbilisi is an open-minded destination, mixing past, present and future, culture and leisure. More trendy than ever, the city is an ideal destination for culture, gastronomy, diversity and architecture. “Wow” effect is guaranteed.

The city offers a large number of tourist apartments which are ideal if you’d like to maintain physical distancing.

If you’d like to stay in a hotel, a five-star establishment will cost you up to four times less than in other European capitals.

Corfu, Greece

Image: European Best Destinations

Opening Borders: July 1, 2020

Safety info: Up to 50 times fewer people infected with COVID-19 than other European countries, more hospital beds per capita than many European countries.

Greece is one of the European countries least affected by the coronavirus.

“This paradisiacal Greek island is a perfect destination to recharge your batteries after this stressful period,” writes EBD.

Relaxation, sun, and nature – all things many of us have been missing under the lockdown.

Cavtat, Croatia

Image: European Best Destinations

Opening Borders: July 1, 2020

Safety info: 20 times fewer people infected with COVID-19 than other European countries, the highest number of hospital beds per inhabitant, hygienic and sanitary measures in larger hotels, no quarantine requested.

Croatia is also among the European countries least affected by the coronavirus.

Popular with celebrities, families, lovers and fans of gastronomy, culture, nature and water sports, Cavtat is the destination.

You can book a private villa or a tourist apartment for extra privacy and physical distancing.

Azores Islands

Image: European Best Destinations

Opening Borders: July 1, 2020

Safety info: Low rates of infection, no quarantine requested.

Islands are always going to be a good choice, and the Azores in particular:

The Azores, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, is an archipelago of nine islands showing off nature in its purest state and one of the largest whale sanctuaries.

“A perfect destination if you need to reconnect with nature,” writes EBD. “If you like hiking, flora and fauna, dolphin- and whale-watching, tasting local products, living real experiences, the Azores are perfect for a holiday.”

The Azores offer ample private villas, tourist apartments, and family hotels.

Alentejo, Portugal

Image: European Best Destinations

Opening Borders: July 1, 2020

Safety info: Low rates of infection, no quarantine requested.

Another Portuguese gem, Alentejo is almost COVID-19 free, with only one death linked to the virus.

The Alentejo, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean in southern Portugal and 1 1/2 hours by car from Lisbon, attracts travellers in search of simplicity in an unspoiled nature.

“Don’t miss a visit to Evora, share a wine tasting (they are among the most famous ones in Europe) and treat yourself to a road trip along the coast from Comporta to Odeceixe,” advises EBD.

You can check out the full list of EBD travel destinations, here.

If you have managed to save money that would have otherwise been spent on nights out, weekends away, and other costs that have been curbed under lockdown, perhaps there’s a little something tucked away for an overseas trip.

When the time is right, of course.


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These Butler’s Pizza Branches Have Started Delivering https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/03/these-butlers-pizza-branches-have-started-delivering/ Wed, 03 Jun 2020 13:15:44 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=527665 It was terribly exciting to hear that liquor stores opened this week, although this did little (nothing) to address the elephant in the room – when exactly will Butler’s Pizza be reopening?

No presidential announcement. No government gazette notice.

The burning question regarding Cape Town’s number one pizza has been on everyone’s mind since they (Butler’s Pizza) refused to open the day alert level 4 came into action, which allowed food delivery companies to operate for the first time since lockdown.

Butler’s Cheese Executive Officer, Rob Wilkinson, explained the reason in a previous article we wrote on the topic.

Cautious as ever, Butler’s Pizza is slowly but surely reopening branches around Cape Town.

To see if your area has made the cut, see below.

God bless Butler’s Pizza Wynberg!

Also, great news for CBD dwellers, the folks of N1 City, and the Southern Suburbs.

I can smell that Rotherham already…

Find the full list of Butler’s Pizza specials, and order from their Online teleButler, here.

SuperSport Announces Live Line-Up For Coming Weeks https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/03/supersport-announces-live-line-up-for-coming-weeks/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/03/supersport-announces-live-line-up-for-coming-weeks/#respond Wed, 03 Jun 2020 13:00:51 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=527858 [imagesource: AFP]

Live sport – feel it, it’s almost here.

There are only so many highlights packages and sports documentaries you can watch, and whilst the return of the Bundesliga is welcome, it’s just not the same when you don’t have a dog in the fight.

SuperSport is not showing the Bundesliga (tip – you can sign up for a number of local betting sites for as little as R50, and watch live streams via their apps or desktop sites), but the channel will be broadcasting other leagues.

As things stand, the English Premier League returns on Wednesday, June 17, when Manchester City are slated to play Arsenal, and Aston Villa face Sheffield United.

There will be a full round of action from Friday, June 19, through to Monday, June 22, and all 92 remaining games will be broadcast live on SuperSport.

Liverpool will want to try and wrap the title up as quickly as possible, given that the season could be thrown into disarray at any point.

Also, after what will be more than three months without the Premier League, never again will I look at a midweek late kickoff between two mid-table teams with little to play for and think ‘nah, not worth watching’.

(Then again, I support Newcastle so mid-table mediocrity is the best I can hope for – potential takeover aside.)

Spain’s La Liga and Italy’s Serie A are also set to return, with this below via SuperSport’s site:

Action in Spain will be intense: from 11 June to 12 July, there will be at least one La Liga fixture played each day before all 20 clubs play their final two matches simultaneously on 15 July and 19 July.

Meanwhile, the Italian sports minister gave the go-ahead for a 20 June resumption of Serie A. The league was suspended on 9 March with Juventus leading by a point with 12 rounds of matches remaining.

“With SuperSport broadcasting three of the best soccer leagues in the world, a feast awaits fans,” assured Gideon Khobane, SuperSport chief executive. “The leagues’ closed-doors policy may take some getting used to, but the television product ought to be as thrilling as ever.”

Football does lose some of its drama without a crowd present, but at this stage sports lovers have to take what we can get, and the safety of players and fans should always be the priority.

It’s not just football, though, with New Zealand’s newly created Aotearoa tournament starting on June 13, featuring Super Rugby sides the Blues, Chiefs, Hurricanes, Crusaders and Highlanders.

That one will also feature some interesting rule changes, such as a golden point for tied matches, replacements for red-carded players, and stricter application of the breakdown laws. Read more about that via Sport24.

Golf returns with the PGA Tour from June 11, and the Charles Schwab Challenge in Texas, and there will be live golf in each of the 25 weeks that follow:

Early next month, Formula One will also be back, with the World of Champions broadcasting the revised season, beginning in Austria on the weekend of 3-5 July.

International cricket will also come roaring back when England host West Indies for three tests in the space of 21 days, starting on 8 July. The three matches, which will all be broadcast on SuperSport, will be played behind closed doors.

The WWE, UFC, and NASCAR will continue with live events, as has been the case for a while now.

Make the most of the next two weeks with your loved ones, because once live sport returns everything changes.


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SPL!NG Movie Review: The Lighthouse https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/03/spling-movie-review-the-lighthouse/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/03/spling-movie-review-the-lighthouse/#respond Wed, 03 Jun 2020 12:00:23 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=527877 This film review is proudly brought to you by reviewmyscript.com*.

The Lighthouse is the much-anticipated follow up to The Witch and deserved more acknowledgement over awards season. The story takes place on a lighthouse island where an old keeper takes on an apprentice. Bullying his dog’s body by day and swilling drink by night to keep their spirits up, the bad blood between them eventually overwhelms their fragile relationship. The Lighthouse co-stars Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson, two fine actors who can handle dark characters and make worthy adversaries with their star power reinforcing the “passing the reins” dynamic.

Acclaimed writer-director Robert Eggers comes from a theatre background and his work imbues some of the medium’s magical qualities. This is the case with The Lighthouse, a haunting psychological horror mystery, which could easily be adapted to stage. Essentially a two-hander, taking place on a lighthouse island… the stylised drama could easily transition to theatre. Dealing with isolation, cabin fever and the darker side of human nature, it’s compelled by its ghostly salty seadog characters who speak in what could be described as pirate Shakespeare.

Shot in black-and-white using a square Instagram type screen format, the film is as affected as Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel. The exception being that it isn’t as eclectic, maintaining its style more uniformly as if adapting a poem or painting. The cinematography is ugly/beautiful, taking on a similar quality to the work of Bela Tarr yet not lingering as long on shots. It’s ugly in its harsh contrasts and textures depicting washed out buildings, the rough seas and ragged outcrops of rock. Yet, it’s artfully photographed using smoke and water to literally reinforce the cliche that every shot could be a painting.

The Lighthouse is a strange concoction of old world charm and industrial grit. Taking on a steampunk appeal, The Lighthouse and its working chains, furnace and gears take one back in time, while the film’s modern appetite keep it contemporary. Lighthouses are beautiful to photograph and Eggers turns the glory of the bright light itself into the film’s central mystery as the old keeper locks out his young apprentice from ascending to its heavenly realm. The style of shooting, black and white film, performances and framing give it a creepy old Hollywood affectation while its ghostly fog horn soundtrack intensifies.

Style aside, it’s compelled by great young and old talents who converge as the dog’s body and lighthouse keeper clash. Willem Dafoe is fierce and cantankerous taking on the beard and “Captain Ahab” power trip with full force. One of the best actors of our time, he turns in another memorable and bold performance. You could argue that his character’s bodily functions cost them dearly over awards season but simply show his savage immersion in the part. While distasteful and crude at times, it demonstrates the full-fledged commitment and fearless spirit that have come to characterise Dafoe’s career. Robert Pattinson is restrained yet full of contempt, taking on a great deal of torment and displeasure. As our in, he’s normal enough to be relatable yet strong enough to make a convincing descent as the protagonist and apprentice with a secret.

The Lighthouse

“I will drink your rum, son.”

While The Lighthouse sounds like a fairly straightforward dramatic tale, it’s infused with elements that echo The Shining. Both psychological horror “ghost” stories deal with the fall out of caretakers, who lose their grip under the pressure of cabin fever and transcend into madness. Eggers gives The Lighthouse a surreal edge as hallucinations play out without establishing interludes making it all part of the same lucid reality. There’s a sense of foreboding and a strange tension in every scene as the underlying frustrations rise up. While prickly and unsettling, The Lighthouse has a poetic undertow that keeps it from turning into a conventional horror.

This is a niche psychological horror, which delves into some dark human drama. While most viewers will be able to appreciate Eggers and his vision for The Lighthouse, it’s definitely not for sensitive viewers. The dialogue, primal indulgences, symbology and maddeningly surreal atmosphere will divide audiences in a challenging art film. The old Hollywood flavour further distances audiences despite is modern appetite for darkness and its offset by oversteps when it comes to primal urges. However, as narrow as its appeal is, you can’t deny its brilliance from the concept, style, cinematography and performances to its marked consistency.

The bottom line: Ugly/Beautiful

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Stephen ‘Spling’ Aspeling is 2Oceansvibe’s Resident Film Critic, a “thought leader” (AFDA) and “our generation’s Barry Ronge” (Brothers Streep), who continues to review, write, present, promote and adjudicate film for a host of websites, radio stations, magazines, newspapers, TV shows, festivals and events.

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Easy Way To Delete Your Cringeworthy Old Facebook Posts https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/03/easy-way-to-delete-your-cringeworthy-old-facebook-posts/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/03/easy-way-to-delete-your-cringeworthy-old-facebook-posts/#respond Wed, 03 Jun 2020 10:00:02 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=527802 [imagesource: Woody Harrington/For The Washington Post]

When you apply for a job, there’s a very good chance your potential employers are having a thorough look at your social media accounts.

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, TikTok, and whatever else the kids are using these days is all fair game.

(Oh, and if you want to be the next Miss South Africa, don’t be like Bianca Schoombee.)

On Facebook, your privacy settings should already be in place (it’s 2020, a public profile is really not a great idea), but have you ever wondered what a deep dive into your Facebook posts from years of old would look like?

I dabbled, and there was a great deal of cringe. Many users have been on the social network since 2007 or so, and apparently I thought it was hilarious to post about becoming blackout drunk.


To rid your account of similarly cringeworthy content, you can scroll through your timeline for hours, but there is a far easier way, laid out below by MyBroadband.

This applies to the mobile app:

To access the feature, navigate to your Activity Log from your profile.

At the top of the screen, tap “Manage Activity” and select “Your posts” in the pop-up menu.

This will give you a bulk view of all your posts sorted by date.

From here, you can also refine posts through filters including category, date and people.

This allows you to show only posts within a certain date range or which may include certain people, and delete or archive them.

The Archive and Trash locations can be found next to the Filters option above the list of your posts.

In due time, the same feature should be available on the website as well.

Perhaps you look at your Facebook timeline as a diary of sorts, but I’m sure there are many others who will be happy to make use of the ‘Manage Activity’ feature, which was rolled out earlier this week.

Either way, now you know.

Before we go, here are three other Facebook settings your should look at to increase your online security, via the Washington Post:

  • Turn off the ability of Facebook to track what you do in other apps, websites and even stores. This Off-Facebook Activity setting, which it added in January, lets you tell Facebook to stop adding information it collects from a remarkably wide range of partners to your profile. Use this link on the Web, or in the Facebook app look for Off-Facebook activity under settings.
  • Turn off the ability of others to tag you in posts and photos and have it show up on your own profile without your permission. Use this link on the Web, or look for “Timeline and Tagging” under “Settings” in the app. Make sure “On” is selected for “Review posts you’re tagged in before the post appears on your timeline.”
  • Turn off the ability of others to see your friends list, information that can be used to surveil, catfish or phish you. Use this link on the Web, or look for “Privacy Settings” in the app. Scroll down to “Who can see your friends list” and make sure it is set to “Only me.”

Safety first.


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Watch Justin Trudeau’s Response When Asked To Comment On Trump [Videos] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/03/watch-justin-trudeaus-response-when-asked-to-comment-on-trump-videos/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/03/watch-justin-trudeaus-response-when-asked-to-comment-on-trump-videos/#respond Wed, 03 Jun 2020 09:36:40 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=527762 [imagesource: Justin Tang/The Canadian Press via AP]

Trayvon Martin, killed by self-appointed neighbourhood watchmen; Rakia Boyd, an innocent bystander shot in the back of the head by an off-duty police officer; Miriam Carey, shot five times from behind; Yvette Smith, shot in her home seconds after answering the door; Eric Garner, died after a police officer placed him in a chokehold; 12-year-old Tamir Rice, shot by a Cleaveland police officer…

The list goes on and on.

Most recently, George Floyd died after a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, knelt on his neck for nine minutes, during which Floyd repeatedly complained that he could not breathe.

His death has ignited mass protests and riots across America and the world. Donald Trump responded to the cry for justice by calling for a violent military crackdown on protesters, tweeting “when the looting starts, the shooting starts”.

Other world leaders have responded to the situation, for the most part, with shows of support for the movement to end police brutality and racially motivated violence.

When Canadian PM Justin Trudeau was asked to comment on Trump’s threat to use the military to quell protests, his lengthy pause was very telling.


Choosing his words very wisely, although I’m not sure the same can be said about his facial hair.

In South Africa, the ANC has called for calm following the revival of the Black Lives Matter movement, founded in 2013 to campaign against systemic racism and violence inflicted on black communities.

Per News24:

ANC national spokesperson Pule Mabe called on Americans and their government to “seek an amicable solution to the current racial impasse”.

He urged the South African government, led by President Cyril Ramaphosa, to engage with the US via “established diplomatic channels to diffuse racial tensions and build social cohesion among different races”.

Many have pointed out the irony of this statement following police brutality during the national lockdown and a history of violence levied against protesters in South Africa.

The #AmINext protests outside the Cape Town International Convention Centre, following the murder of Uyinene Mrwetyana, come to mind.

To return to America, and as Jennifer Cobbina writes in Hands Up, Don’t Shoot:

The issue of racially motivated police killings is not simply a product of individual discriminatory police officers . It is the result of deep historical forces that follow a pattern of social control over Black people that is entwined in the very fabric of the United States.

Meanwhile, Trump is trying to play the religious card to appeal to his supporters and counteract criticism for his handling of the protests.

His appearance in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church across from the White House set off a controversy because it involved aggressively clearing peaceful protesters. His actions have been met with anger from religious leaders over his use of the church for political ends.

He then visited the Saint John Paul II National Shrine to pose for photographs while protests raged nearby.

At one point, he notices that the First Lady isn’t smiling and appears to tell her to do so.

We can’t see through the shades, but I would guess there is some eye-rolling:

Make sure you watch the close up from the 30-second mark. What a happy couple.

In a country more concerned with arming its citizens, than protecting them, this nationwide protest has been a long time coming.


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Angered By The Religious Gathering Rule? So Is Zapiro [Images] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/03/angered-by-the-religious-gathering-rule-so-is-zapiro-images/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/03/angered-by-the-religious-gathering-rule-so-is-zapiro-images/#respond Wed, 03 Jun 2020 09:04:27 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=527763 [imagesource:here]

Anger over lockdown rules and regulations had already been stewing for weeks, but when President Ramaphosa announced that religious gatherings of up to 50 people would be allowed under alert level 3, it was the final straw for many.

Some religious leaders themselves spoke out against the decision, calling it “illogical” and “a bad decision by the president”.

There are a number of examples of ‘super spreader’ events around the world linked to religious gatherings, and the success of any lockdown relies on the general public being on board and adhering to the regulations in place.

Clearly, a great deal of public buy-in was lost when Ramaphosa announced his decision, and questions were asked around why people can’t visit a friend or family member (which I’m OK with because we’re fighting a deadly pandemic), but can gather with 49 other strangers in an enclosed space to worship.

Zapiro took it one step further, with his cartoon featured on the Daily Maverick earlier in the week:

As you can imagine, the comments on Facebook were an absolute mess.

Apparently, Zapiro needs more Christ in his life.

Not to be deterred, he wasn’t done yet, because his next cartoon featured on the Daily Maverick also touched on the subject:

Facebook is full of wisecracks about religious gatherings involving meat being cooked over a fire this weekend (BYOB, of course), and it’s tough to blame those businesses that are still not allowed to operate, and struggling to stay afloat, for trying to find loopholes.

At the same time, we need to recognise that we’re still battling the coronavirus, with the worst still to come.

This weekend will go a long way to showing us how South Africans view the regulations, and the fact that the North Gauteng High Court found them to be “unconstitutional and invalid” could see some very reckless behaviour.


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Real-Life ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ Heist Sees Thieves Make Off With R86 Million In Jewels https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/03/real-life-oceans-eleven-heist-sees-thieves-make-off-with-r86-million-in-jewels/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/03/real-life-oceans-eleven-heist-sees-thieves-make-off-with-r86-million-in-jewels/#respond Wed, 03 Jun 2020 08:00:23 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=527721 [imagesource: Daily Mail]

A ragtag team of criminals, an intricate game of deception, and a swap out of some priceless jewels before a clever escape to a European country.

You’d be forgiven for thinking that I’m describing the plot of every heist film ever made.

This isn’t a film, though. It’s a jewellery heist that happened at New Bond Street jewellers, Boodles, in the UK, in March 2016.

The details only emerged in full this week in court, and the timeline of events plays out in a similar way to Ocean’s Eleven, which police were quick to point out.

According to IOL, this has been hailed as the “largest-value single incident of shoplifting in British criminal history”.

A gang pulled off one of the most audacious heists in British history by swapping £4 million (about R86 million) of diamonds for pebbles under the nose of a leading jeweller.

Posing as millionaire Russian businessmen, a gang of French gem thieves flew to Monaco to dupe the chairman of luxury jeweller Boodles into believing that they wanted to buy seven huge diamonds, including a heart-shaped jewel worth £2.2 million.

The chairman, Nicholas Wainwright, whose family had run the business for six generations, agreed to let the ‘businessmen’ bring in a ‘diamond expert’ to visit its flagship New Bond Street store in London to inspect the jewels.

That’s when things got really interesting.

Known only as Anna, she chatted to him in French as she weighed the jewels before wrapping each in tissue paper and placing them in opaque boxes she had with her.

When the examination was over, the boxes were placed into a zipped purse bag which was then padlocked shut while Boodles’ own gemmologist Emma Barton was watching.

But Anna performed a swap with an identical bag full of pebbles in a split second when her fake Russian buyer ‘Alexander’ phoned Mr Wainwright to ask about the examination.

Anna left with the diamonds, while the bag of pebbles was put in the shop’s safe. She then handed them off to another member of the group before changing her clothes and boarding a train to France.

Within three hours, the six thieves had left the UK with the diamonds, which have never been seen again.

The Daily Mail put together an infographic that illustrates the events as they happened:

Image: Daily Mail

The crew’s driver was caught in a matter of months, but it took Scotland Yard four years to track down one of the criminals, Mickael Jovanovic (below), following which they released the details of the heist.

Boodles didn’t notice that the gems were missing until they failed to receive payment from the ‘Russian businessmen’.

The Telegraph spoke to Detective Constable William Man, of the Flying Squad:

“Like the plot of a film, this was a truly audacious crime. They stole the diamonds and fled in a matter of hours. However, they left behind a trail of evidence which led us to where they were staying, and the Citroen they had hired in Paris.

Image: Metropolitan Police/ Daily Mail

“As a result of piecing together all of the bits of information, we knew it was only a matter of time before arrests were made.

“And whilst it has taken four years, this case does highlight that we won’t give up. We still remain determined to identify all of those involved.”

Jovanovic turned up in Italy earlier this year. The rest of the crew remains at large.


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Body Of Hiker Found On Table Mountain https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/03/body-of-hiker-found-on-table-mountain/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/03/body-of-hiker-found-on-table-mountain/#respond Wed, 03 Jun 2020 07:30:51 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=527717 [imagesource: Bronson Harrington/Flickr]

On Monday, parts of Table Mountain National Park were opened to the public, as the country dropped to alert level 3.

On the same day, the body of a man, believed to be around 60 years of age, was found near Nursery Ravine, which is one of the trails that lead to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens on the mountain’s eastern slopes.

The body was discovered at around 4:30PM, with Wilderness Search and Rescue (WSAR) called soon afterwards.

According to TimesLIVE, WSAR spokesperson Johan Marais said once it was established that the person was dead, the extraction process began:

Due to the position and fading light, arrangements were made for an extraction by helicopter early on Tuesday.

He said a temporary landing zone was opened in Newlands forest and the body was eventually hoisted out and flown to the state pathology services staff who were waiting at the Newlands forest station.

“The body is now in the care of the police who have taken over the investigation,” he added. “We mourn the death of a person on the first day of the opening of the mountain in terms of the pandemic regulations.”

Marais also pleaded with the public to ensure that they do not walk or hike alone, although safe physical distancing protocols must still be adhered to.

If you are planning a hike in and around Table Mountain National Park, remember that the following areas remain closed:

  • Boulders Beach
  • Upper Tokai
  • Silvermine (gates one and two)
  • Cape Point

With exercise hours stretching from 6AM to 6PM, no overnight hikes are allowed.

Sadly, it should also be mentioned that as people return to the hiking trails, so too will the crooks, which is another reason to ensure that you do not hike alone.


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Drive-Thru Strip Club Opens In PE https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/03/drive-thru-strip-club-opens-in-pe/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/03/drive-thru-strip-club-opens-in-pe/#respond Wed, 03 Jun 2020 07:00:45 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=527692 [imagesource: Candy’s PE/Facebook]

Like most business sectors, the adult entertainment industry suffered during the first two alert levels of lockdown.

An easing of restrictions, however, inspired one strip club to find a creative solution to the problem of not being allowed to open their doors to the public.

You’ve probably been hearing about the humble drive-thru more than usual over the past couple of months. In Joburg, you can get tested for COVID-19 from your car, and then there’s Germany, where drive-in autodiscos have kept the party alive while maintaining physical distancing protocols.

Now, in Port Elizabeth, you can take a break from the mundane of daily life and head on over to Candy’s Revue Bar – a drive-thru strip club.

Here’s The Citizen:

The drive-through offers shows while selling takeaway drinks and snacks.

Image: Candy’s Port Elizabeth/ Facebook

During drive-through shows, performers strip but now do so wearing face masks and gloves. The performers perform on outdoor stages in a closed off area which drivers – who have had their temperatures checked, can park next to.

The ‘revue bar’ has also made provisions for dancers who want to work from home by launching an online website where they can perform on screen, with the details to be found on their Facebook page.

Business Insider SA breaks down how the drive-thru works.

A dancer dressed as a nurse will greet you upon arrival to take your alcohol order, which will then be brought to your car.

You can chill outside the ‘strip-thru’ while they’re getting it together, or take in a floor show while you wait (that costs extra, obviously, with R250 buying you drive-thru access).

Image: Charl Muller / Facebook

Note that you can’t drink in your car. Alcohol is for home consumption only, and you shouldn’t be drinking in your car even when there isn’t a national lockdown.

You can see some images of what this all looks like on Business Insider SA.

Owner Charl Muller says the dancers will use props, and there will be different themes, to keep things “interesting”.

Sounds to me like Candy’s might be on to something, as long as the dancers and public are kept safe.

Mavericks, take note.


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COVID-19 Data Shows Western Cape Three Weeks Ahead Of Rest Of Country https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/03/covid-19-data-shows-western-cape-three-weeks-ahead-of-rest-of-country/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/03/covid-19-data-shows-western-cape-three-weeks-ahead-of-rest-of-country/#respond Wed, 03 Jun 2020 06:31:01 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=527699 [imagesource: EPA-EFE / Nic Bothma]

At present, the Western Cape accounts for roughly two-thirds of the total confirmed coronavirus cases, and deaths, in the country.

Some of the region’s hotspots remain major causes for concern, and it’s tough to really wrap one’s head around exactly how bad the situation could become.

According to News24, one projection shows that as many as 9 300 people in the province could die from COVID-19 in the next six months, which would surpass even New York state in terms of deaths per 100 000 residents.

If you’ve been seeing some of the heartbreaking stories coming out of New York, you’ll understand why doctors at hospitals around the province talk about preparing for the ‘horror’ to come.

The Western Cape’s data shows us that the province has tested twice as many people in hospitals as Gauteng, which is second on the list:

It has also recorded a higher number of people hospitalised overall – a clear sign that it is dealing with an epidemic several weeks ahead of the rest of the country.

On 8 May, there were 4 497 confirmed Covid-19 cases in the Western Cape and 88 deaths. By Monday, 1 June, it was 22 567 cases, and 525 deaths – with 11 099 recoveries.

Gauteng, which is projected will have the highest number of cases by the end of the year, and the Eastern Cape both only reached the 4 000-case mark on Monday – roughly three weeks behind the Western Cape.

The debate, which will likely only be settled months from now, is whether the trajectory of the province will be repeated elsewhere in provinces that have had longer to prepare for the expected spike in infections, and longer to put in place effective contact tracing.

Whilst the exact reasons behind why the Western Cape is such an outlier remain unclear, most experts agree it is likely a combination of factors, including early seeding of the virus due to international visitors and some “super spreader” events.

That Western Cape projection of 9 300 deaths in six months was compiled by Dr Sheetal Silal, as part of the same group that was behind the prediction of between 40 000 and 48 000 deaths countrywide by November.

In response to confusion around the national testing backlog, the Department of Health has now clarified that the national backlog is 96 480 tests in public laboratories, with 18 000 of those from the Western Cape.

This News24 graphic, compiled by Rudi Louw, breaks the department’s data down by province:

With that backlog making tracing very difficult, and jeoparding healthcare workers in the province, Western Cape Premier Alan Winde says adjustments have had to be made:

“As of last week, we had to change that approach… we have got to reserve tests for in our hospitals, for our healthcare professionals, but also to make a decision in a hospital as to whether [a] person must go to the Covid-19 ward or perhaps [just] get treatment for regular flu,” Winde said…

According to recommendations by the Western Cape government’s Department of Health, that means that Capetonians younger than 55, who also have no serious underlying medical conditions which may make them vulnerable, may no longer be tested for COVID-19.

You can read more about that here.

When you’re out and about this weekend, enjoying the 12-hour exercise window, you may want to bear some of the information above in mind.


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Wednesday Morning Spice https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/03/wednesday-morning-spice-481/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/03/wednesday-morning-spice-481/#respond Wed, 03 Jun 2020 05:45:33 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=527645 [imagesource:here]

Lockdown Rules ‘Unconstitutional And Invalid’ – High Court – In a North Gauteng High Court judgment on Tuesday, judge Norman Davis declared that the regulations promulgated by minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma were “unconstitutional and invalid”. [timeslive]

Cape Town COVID-19 Tests: Those Younger Than 55 And Without Comorbidities May No Longer Be Tested – This following a widely reported nationwide backlog in testing and a projected rise in cases going forward. [news24]

Google In $5bn Lawsuit For Tracking In ‘Private’ Mode – Many internet users assume their search history isn’t being tracked when they view in private mode, but Google says this isn’t the case. [bbc]

50 More COVID-19 Deaths In SA, Over 18 000 Recoveries – The number of coronavirus infections countrywide has increased to 35 812, with the Western Cape accounting for almost two-thirds of the cases. [iol]

Ahead Of Trump Bible Photo Op, Police Forcibly Expel Priest From St. John’s Church Near White House – “They turned holy ground into a battleground,” said the Rev. Gini Gerbasi. [rn]

Facebook Shuts Down Far-Right Group Planning To Bring Weapons To Protests – Shut down pages and accounts associated with what it said was a hate group, whose members were discussing bringing weapons to the protests that are happening across the US. [cnn].

SA’s Online Shopping Habits Revolutionised By Lockdown – More than ever before, South Africans are choosing e-commerce over instore purchases, and it doesn’t look like that’s set to change anytime soon. [here]

Government Makes Second Attempt To Delay Tobacco Ban Court Case – State attorney says it is impossible for government’s reasons and record of decision to be ready on Wednesday. [busday]

Austria Will Transform The House Where Adolf Hitler Was Born Into A Police Station – The Austrian Government has revealed plans to turn the house where Adolf Hitler was born into a police station, in the hope of “neutralising” the space. [abc]

FlySafair Flights Back On Sale – And You Can Block The Seat Next To You For R750 – Starting from Monday, June 15, the airline is flying between Cape Town and Johannesburg (tickets from R1,800), and Johannesburg to Durban (from R917). [businsidersa]

Four Ways Lockdown Has Changed SA’s Rental Market – The rental market has had to adapt to the national lockdown in some fundamental and interesting ways. [here]

Sweden Launches Probe Into Handling Of Pandemic – The decision comes amid rising criticisms from opposition parties on both Sweden’s right and left. [dw]

South Africa Splurges As Liquor Stores Reopen – Consumers have stocked up, retailers are happy, manufacturers are happy, the taxman is happier, and for the average ‘two-a-night’ drinker, life is just a little bit sweeter. [dailymav]

Exciting Innovations Unveiled For Super Rugby Aotearoa, Including Golden Point And Red Card Subs – Super Rugby – with a new look and feel – is set to return on Saturday, 13 June with the New Zealand Aotearoa tournament. [sport24]

How To Actively Oppose Racist Violence Instead Of Posting A Black Square – If you want to use your platform online to support Black people, do something that’s actually, tangibly useful. Don’t just do it for a single day, either. [vice]

The Absolute Worst Celebrity Responses To The George Floyd Protests – From Evan Peters and Lana Del Rey to Taika Waititi and the bassist of Nirvana, many celebs are really showing their asses when it comes to the current protests. [dbeast]

How 11 words In Kate Middleton’s Tatler Feature Triggered A Royal Legal War – The royals aren’t known for responding to media speculation but recent claims made by a gossip magazine has the palace inflamed. [newsau]

Tom Cruise ‘Plans To Build A COVID-Free Village At Abandoned RAF Site – So Mission: Impossible 7 can resume filming’. [dmail]





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Important Guidelines For Employers Of Domestic Workers https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/02/important-guidelines-for-employers-of-domestic-workers/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/02/important-guidelines-for-employers-of-domestic-workers/#respond Tue, 02 Jun 2020 14:45:44 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=527621 [imagesource: Adobe Stock]

On Thursday, May 28, during a National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) briefing, Minister of Trade and Industry Ebrahim Patel gave the green light for domestic workers to return to work as of June 1.

While some employers continued to pay domestic workers during the national lockdown, many didn’t, leaving thousands of people without an income over the past two months.

Domestic work is one of the hardest sectors in the country to regulate due to the private and personal nature of the work.

A home is not commonly thought of as a business, and while the employer/employee relationship is implied, it’s not always perceived by employers in the same way that they’d navigate this same relationship in their own places of work, in the public sector.

Going forward, however, employers will have to rethink the private space to accommodate new regulations for domestic work during the lockdown.

The South African Domestic Service and Allied Workers Union’s Myrtle Witbooi told EWN the following:

“We are asking employers to make sure that workers have safe equipment at work to make sure that they are screened when they come to work. We also want employers to provide clean uniforms for the domestic workers along with a clean mask.”

The rules for domestic work are roughly the same as those for other businesses resuming work during the lockdown.

As Witbooi points out, employers are required to provide domestic workers with the proper PPE, including clean uniforms and masks.

The South African Government website outlines some of the safety measures that need to be in place, adapted accordingly:

  • If employees have COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to the virus, they must know to stay at home.
  • Similarly, if employers or any resident of the household has COVID-19 symptoms or has been exposed to the virus, they must inform the domestic worker so that they know to stay at home.
  • Before returning to work, domestic workers must ensure that they have not come into contact with someone with COVID-19, or are themselves experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Employers must screen employees for symptoms of the virus when they report to work (cough, sore throat, fever, redness of the eyes, shortness of breath, body aches, loss of sense of smell, vomiting, fatigue, or weakness). Use an infrared thermometer to screen for a spike in temperature.
  • Employers are responsible for furnishing their employees with the proper health and safety information, including sanitation protocols within the household.
  • A positive COVID-19 diagnosis must be reported to the Department of Health. Employers must support any contact tracing measures initiated by the Department of Health. Workers are also required to report any symptoms of the virus to their employers.

It is recommended that masks should be worn by all people present in the house and that surfaces are routinely disinfected.

Other measures to take into consideration include:

  • Staggering work hours so that domestic workers don’t need to travel during peak times when public transport is at its most congested.
  • Taking extra precautions of the domestic worker is over the age of 60, or has a condition that could place them at higher risk of infection or complications arising out of infection such as TB or HIV.

Finally, this from BusinessTech:

While the regulations are not clear on travel permits for domestic workers, Davey said that the employers can use the prescribed permit to indicate that:

  • The employee works for you in your private residence – including the residence’s address.
  • You are their employer – including your contact information.

Additionally, if you are able to continue to pay your domestic worker without them having to return to work, thereby reducing the risks they face, please consider doing so.

Remember, your home becomes a place of business when your domestic worker is present.

Treat it as such.


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SA’s Online Shopping Habits Revolutionised By Lockdown https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/02/sas-online-shopping-habits-revolutionised-by-lockdown/ Tue, 02 Jun 2020 14:30:19 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=527511 [imagesource:here]

The decision by the Department of Trade, Industry, and Competition in early May, allowing the sale of all goods through e-commerce, was met with palpable relief countrywide, and many South Africans quickly busied themselves filling their online carts and heading to checkout.

There are obvious benefits to online shopping, not least of which that you can do it from the safety of your couch as opposed to doing the physical distancing dance with other consumers in a store.

You know the one. They come closer, you move away, then wait patiently while they take forever to look at the t-shirts. Then you try to only touch the t-shirts at the bottom of the pile, because, well, COVID-19.

Good times.

All things considered, it’s no surprise that e-commerce has fundamentally changed in South Africa over the past few months.

MyBroadband notes that courier companies have managed to regain the losses that they suffered at the start of the national lockdown and are now experiencing significant growth.

“What we’re seeing now though is a tsunami of consumers ready to jump into online shopping, simply because it’s a necessity to stay home and, for many, work from home,” said DPD Laser chief customer officer Hilton Eachus.

“The courier industry has become an enabler to achieve that, we bring the goods to you, and we’ll do it safely through our new contactless delivery process.”

A recent report by ACI Worldwide shows that global e-commerce sales have experienced a 209% growth in April, compared to the same period last year.

Furthermore, online shopping has become the norm, which is backed up by a recent Nielsen industry webinar ‘Navigating the New Normal’.

Per Bizcommunity:

We have seen growth in online shopping, declining store visits and a rise in out of stocks. Supply chain challenges have also driven consumers to be less price-sensitive on high demand packaged goods.

Consumers are also more oriented towards quality products that will last longer than cheaper alternatives.

Experts predict that going forward, even after stay-at-home orders are relaxed, consumers will continue to shop online in an effort to maintain physical distancing.

To account for pricier essentials and the drive towards quality products, savvy consumers in South Africa are also making use of ‘buy now pay later’ services offered by companies like PayJustNow.

PayJustNow allows you to pay for your purchase over three equal, zero-interest instalments. You’ll pay one instalment at the time of purchase, the next at the beginning of the following month, and the last one a month thereafter.

Services like this are ideal for consumers who want to budget for purchases rather than break the bank with a once-off payment, or see their credit card debts rise.

PayJustNow has partnered with a vast range of merchants across the retail sector.

Whatever you’re buying, may it bring you joy.

There’s nothing quite like the knock on your door telling you that your package has arrived.


Mazzotti, Smuggling, And Political Links – Jacques Pauw On SA’s Tobacco Industry https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/02/mazzotti-smuggling-and-political-links-jacques-pauw-on-sas-tobacco-industry/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/02/mazzotti-smuggling-and-political-links-jacques-pauw-on-sas-tobacco-industry/#respond Tue, 02 Jun 2020 13:45:40 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=527557 [imagesource: Adrian de Kock]

Alert level 3 – the booze is flowing, but the tobacco sales ban remains.

By now, you’ve probably seen the videos showing queues outside liquor stores around the country, and I imagine there will be a similar frenzy when (if?) tobacco sales are once again allowed.

There are a number of battles being fought in court, and the government is being accused of dishonesty with regards to the reasons behind the ban.

In amongst it all, the name Adriano Mazzotti is mentioned, often in connection with Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, although she has denied any such link.

Mazzotti is also a name that’s familiar to investigative journalist Jacques Pauw, perhaps best known for penning The President’s Keepers, and he recently wrote a News24 piece focused on South Africa’s tobacco trade industry.

He also draws from tobacco expert Telita Snyckers’ new book, Dirty Tobacco, which offers great insight into the mechanisms of the industry.

Let’s start with Pauw’s Mazzotti mentions:

The links of Carnilinx’s Mazzotti to prominent politicians are well-known. He gave money to the EFF to register for the 2014 elections, and one of Carnilinx’s directors has claimed to have given firebrand politician Julius Malema a R1 million loan to pay his SARS tax debt.

The lockdown has yet again hoisted Mazzotti and Carnilinx into the limelight, and not just because its brands like Atlantic, CTC, Morrison and F1 are illegally purchased and smoked across the country, but because of Mazzotti’s links to Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister and National Coronavirus Command Council supremo Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

Image: Sunday Times

In The President’s Keepers, published towards the end of 2017, Mazzotti is exposed as a benefactor of the ANC presidential campaign of Dlamini-Zuma. He apparently financed campaign clothing like caps and T-shirts for her campaign.

There’s also plenty about Mazzotti’s battles with SARS, which he consistently managed to dodge without extensive legal repercussions.

It’s no wonder that SARS, during its extensive ‘Project Honey Badger’ investigation into tobacco smuggling, found links to the highest office in the land, although investigations were quickly squashed:

The tobacco industry and many other enemies of SARS hit back. What happened next could have come from the pages of a spy novel. Within months, the taxman was captured, Honey Badger stopped and SARS’ five investigation units were disbanded.

…while SARS had been digging into the tobacco trade, they were also looking at then-president Jacob Zuma’s taxes and found evidence of smuggling profits going to Nkandla and Zuma family members.

Soon after, Zuma appointed an old friend and former prisons boss Tom Moyane [above] as SARS commissioner. Moyane was a tax delinquent but it did not matter. He was appointed to get rid of “sensitive” cases and rid the taxman of the pesky individuals threatening the State Capture project.

Shortly after Moyane’s appointment, the infamous Sunday Times “rogue unit” story started doing the rounds, and it became clear that SARS had fallen victim to State Capture.

Pauw’s News24 piece is full of zingers, many of which we already knew from his book and previous investigations, but it’s still worth a read in full.

Before you do that, let’s finish with how Mazzotti appears to be laughing all the way to the bank due to the tobacco ban:

BAT and FITA – of which Mazzotti and Carnilinx are members – are heading to court to challenge Dlamini-Zuma’s cigarette ban. He has used this challenge as proof that he is not in cahoots with the minister.

According to the UCT study, the largest seller of cigarettes during the lockdown period is Gold Leaf Tobacco, with a 30% market share, followed by British American Tobacco with a 24% market share, Carnilinx with 10% and Best Tobacco Company with 9%.

If the figures are correct, Carnilinx and Mazzotti have quintupled its South African market share, from 2% to 10%.

When you factor in that cigarettes are selling for as much as R3 000 a carton, that’s good business.

Read Pauw’s article in full here.


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Four Ways Lockdown Has Changed SA’s Rental Market https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/02/four-ways-lockdown-has-changed-sas-rental-market/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/02/four-ways-lockdown-has-changed-sas-rental-market/#respond Tue, 02 Jun 2020 13:34:00 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=527479 [imagesource:here]

It’s no secret that the national lockdown has negatively impacted myriad business sectors across South Africa, including the property market.

Much has been written about the difficult situation that landlords and tenants have found themselves in over the past few months.

While some believe that long-term, we could be looking at a boon for the market in terms of property sales, rental properties are having to adapt to a new normal, finding creative ways to stay afloat.

BusinessTech spoke to Jacqui Savage, national rentals manager for the Rawson Property Group, about some of the ways that the trends arising out of the lockdown period.

Airbnbs are turning into long-term rentals

Under alert level 4 and 5, Airbnbs were unable to operate, which means that a property with the potential to bring in more revenue than long-term rental, especially during tourist season, was suddenly generating no revenue at all.

As a result of this, many Airbnb owners have chosen to convert their properties into long-term rentals, “competing with those already on the market”.

Renters are more interested in unfurnished properties

Furnished properties tend to attract much higher rentals than unfurnished properties. In uncertain economic times, long-term tenants are favouring unfurnished properties. Tenants are also more inclined to feel comfortable when surrounded by their own belongings.

To meet this need, Airbnbs converting to long-term rentals have started removing the furniture from their properties.

(If you’re a landlord looking to store your furniture, 2OV readers get 50% of their first month’s rent at Stor-Age.)

Tech-enabled rental services are on the rise

Extreme physical distancing has moved a number of services online, including the rental industry.

The national lockdown might be temporary, but physical distancing is likely to continue long after we’ve contained the virus.

Enter cutting edge technology that delivers the same level of service while ensuring tenants’ and landlords’ health and safety. These include “virtual valuations, 3D virtual tours, and real-time virtual showhouses”.

This is likely to become the norm over the next few months.

Negotiated payment plans

PayProp recently released its 2020 Rental Index revealing some unsettling statistics.

During March, just over 20% of tenants were in arrears, increasing to almost 24% in April. Head of Data and Analytics, Johette Smuts, says that the average extent of arrears jumped from 78% of monthly rent in March to a massive 84%.

“While we have already seen an increase in both the percentage of tenants in arrears and arrears as a percentage of rent in April, we expect May and June to be even worse. This position and the debt recovery process will be influenced by the pandemic, the lockdown levels and their duration.”

Tenants are battling low-income growth and a high level of unemployment which has ultimately led to financial challenges. The increase in the cost of living across the board has exacerbated the situation.

To deal with this, many landlords are adapting by introducing progressive payment solutions.

Rather than losing a good tenant who has fallen on hard times, landlords are negotiating payment plans that incorporate creative solutions like deferred payments or using the deposit to cover rent for a limited period.

These trends are indicative of the vast potential of business sectors to adapt and grow during trying times.

There’s something hopeful about that.

With many renters downscaling, and many landlords moving to unfurnished properties, self-storage options have also become increasingly necessary.

Once again, a reminder that 2OV readers score 50% off their first month at Stor-Age, with outlets located throughout South Africa’s main cities.


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Trailer For Bruce Lee Doccie, ‘Be Water’ [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/02/trailer-for-bruce-lee-doccie-be-water-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/02/trailer-for-bruce-lee-doccie-be-water-video/#respond Tue, 02 Jun 2020 13:30:19 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=527629 [imagesource: brucelee.com]

Slowly but surely, we are nearing the return of live sports.

The English Premier League, for example, is due to kick off again on June 17, and as long as the players’ safety remains a priority, that cannot come soon enough.

With a lack of live sport, docuseries such as The Last Dance have filled the void, and ESPN’s 30 for 30 series have also proven very popular.

ESPN is also behind the Lance Armstrong two-parter, simply titled Lance, but more on that later.

Having premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Be Water airs in the US this Sunday, reports Movieweb:

In 1971, after being rejected by Hollywood, Bruce Lee returned to his parents’ homeland, Hong Kong. Over the next two years, he’d complete four iconic films that would define his legacy, a legacy cut short when he died, stunningly, in the summer of 1973. He was 32 years old.

Be Water is a gripping, fascinating, intimate look at not just those final, defining years of Lee’s life, but the complex, often difficult, and seismic journey that led to Lee’s ultimate emergence as a singular icon in the histories of film, martial arts, and even the connection between the eastern and western worlds…

Be Water is told entirely by the family, friends, and collaborators who knew Bruce Lee best, with an extraordinary trove of archive film providing an evocative, immersive visual tapestry that captures Lee’s charisma, his passion, his philosophy, and the eternal beauty and wonder of his art.

Given the quality content that ESPN has been airing of late, you’d back this one to be another great watch:

Be lekker, be water.

We touched on Lance Armstrong earlier, and his two-part ESPN docuseries. That’s well worth watching, by most accounts, but there is one pretty cringe-inducing scene we’ll touch on.

Towards the end of Lance, his son Luke is featured playing football at Rice University. He says he tries to keep a low profile to avoid the stigma around his father, before Lance delivers a speech to the team.

This from NewsAU:

“This idea of work and process, honestly that was my favourite part of the game. Whether it’s diet, sleep, strength work, tactics, morale, all of this minutiae — the small things — truly, truly matter,” Armstrong says.

“I’m proud of all you guys. I’m obviously proud of number 48 (pointing to his son).”

The camera captures the moment Luke hears the wrong number being called. He takes a short breath before looking off to the side.

After the speech is wrapped up the two stand in the room and Luke tells his father what jersey number he actually wears.

“And I’m 35,” Luke says.

“Not 48?” Armstrong responds as Luke shakes his head.

Not your best work, Lance.


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Joe Exotic Won’t Like Carole Baskin’s Latest Legal Victory https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/02/joe-exotic-wont-like-carole-baskins-latest-legal-victory/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/02/joe-exotic-wont-like-carole-baskins-latest-legal-victory/#respond Tue, 02 Jun 2020 12:30:35 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=527590 It seems like so long ago that Tiger King burst onto the scene and became a worldwide sensation.

I guess that’s one of the side effects of more than two months under a national lockdown.

The show’s popularity provided a huge boost to Netflix and its subscriber numbers, and saw Joe Exotic and Carole Baskin become household names.

Whilst Joe languishes in prison, Baskin remains free, despite those rumours about her former husband’s demise, and she has been now been handed another massive win in her battle against Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage.

That’s Joe’s real name, in case you’re confused.

Over to CNN reporting on Baskin being awarded the zoo once owned by her nemesis:

An Oklahoma judge ruled in favor of Baskin’s Big Cat Rescue Corporation Monday in its lawsuit against the Greater Wynnewood Development Group, LLC, (GWDC). The latter company once was owned by Exotic…

The order gives Baskin control of about 16 acres of land in Garvin County, Oklahoma, that is home to an animal park with an array of big cats.

GWDC must “vacate the Zoo Land premises within 120 days of service of this Order…Vacation of premises shall also require removal of all zoo animals from the Zoo Land,” the court order said.

The judge ruled that the property was fraudulently transferred to Maldonado-Passage’s mother years ago.

As laid out in the Tiger King series, Joe Exotic no longer owns the park, with Jeff Lowe taking over under acrimonious circumstances.

A legal representative for Lowe said they anticipated the court’s ruling, and that they were focused on opening the new Tiger King Park in Thackerville, which is also in Oklahoma, aiming to have that done within the next four months.

Even though Joe no longer owns the park, you just know that Baskin taking over would really piss him off.

Meanwhile, a Twitter account linked with Exotic sent this tweet out earlier today, asking for Donald Trump’s help:

Yes, of course, Joe is a massive Trump supporter.

Baskin has yet to comment on the victory, but you get the feeling she has a smug smile on her face.


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Why Elon Musk Said “The Trampoline Is Working” Following The SpaceX Launch [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/02/why-elon-musk-said-the-trampoline-is-working-following-the-spacex-launch-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/02/why-elon-musk-said-the-trampoline-is-working-following-the-spacex-launch-video/#respond Tue, 02 Jun 2020 12:00:37 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=527595 [imagesource: Steve Nesius/ Reuters]

After weeks of being in the news for all the wrong reasons, Elon Musk celebrated a SpaceX/NASA collaboration that saw the historic launch of the Falcon 9 Crew Dragon into orbit.

After a 19 hour flight, astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley successfully docked at the International Space Station marking the first successful space mission on a commercial spacecraft.

Naturally, Musk was “overcome with emotion” when the launch took place over the weekend, writes SPACE.com.

Once he’d calmed down, he decided to introduce a little humour into the situation with a joke that left most people scratching their heads.

Watch as Elon confuses everyone before laughing at his own quip:

Yeah, that wasn’t awkward at all.

So what does “the trampoline is working” actually mean?

Musk was referring to an April 2014 barb by Dimitry Rogozin, who at the time was Russia’s deputy prime minister. Today, Rogozin is the chief of Russia’s space agency, Roscosmos.

Rogozin was irked back then by sanctions imposed by the United States in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Some of those sanctions targeted the Russian space industry (as well as individuals, including Rogozin), and Rogozin argued that the measures would end up hurting NASA and the global space effort in general.

To be fair, America has relied on Russian Soyuz rockets to train and transport its astronauts since it retired its space shuttles in 2011.

Here’s where the trampoline comes in:

“After analyzing the sanctions against our space industry, I suggest to the USA to bring their astronauts to the International Space Station using a trampoline,” Rogozin said.

Now that astronauts are lifting off from US soil, the trampoline, in Musk’s words, is working.

He must have been sitting on that one for a long time.

He scores some major points for the long game.

His quip didn’t go unnoticed. Rogozin responded on Twitter in good humour, revealing that he was the one sharing the inside joke with Musk:

In acknowledgement of Rogozin’s English Tweet, Musk responded in Russian:

Loosely translated, that reads:

“Thanks Sir, haha. We look forward to mutually beneficial and prosperous long-term cooperation”.

For once, the world need not be terrified of a collaboration between Russia and America, or a tweet from Elon.

Space, bringing people together…


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John Oliver’s Latest Show Covers Trump’s Twitter Fact-Check Meltdown [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/02/john-olivers-latest-show-covers-trumps-twitter-fact-check-meltdown-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/02/john-olivers-latest-show-covers-trumps-twitter-fact-check-meltdown-video/#respond Tue, 02 Jun 2020 11:00:05 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=527539 As America burns, and the country’s coronavirus death toll exceeds 106 000, Donald Trump has turned his attention towards familiar foes.

That means the media, social media, American voters, American citizens, and basically anybody who doesn’t lick his bone-spurred bootstraps.

His rage towards Twitter, in particular, stems from the fact that one of his tweets was fact-checked last week – such a Karen.

In his Last Week Tonight show on Sunday, John Oliver focused on Trump’s claim that mail-in voting leads to massive fraud.

It’s rather obvious that these claims by Trump are part of an attempt to delegitimise any result that could see defeats for Republicans, but you knew that already.

John, over to you:


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Alert Level 3: Experts On Whether It’s Safe To Fly  https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/02/alert-level-3-experts-on-whether-its-safe-to-fly/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/02/alert-level-3-experts-on-whether-its-safe-to-fly/#respond Tue, 02 Jun 2020 10:33:23 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=527566 [imagesource: Getty]

Alert level 3 has reintroduced a number of activities and consumer goods previously restricted under prior alert levels.

Crowds gathered to stock up on alcohol yesterday (consider ordering online, if that’s not your vibe), while others enjoyed a jog around the block without having to keep an eye on the time, or roll out of bed at an ungodly hour.

Don’t be shy to follow up your run with a G&T, you’ve earned it.

Also on the cards again is air travel for business purposes only from OR Tambo, Cape Town, King Shaka, and Lanseria international airports, with more to come.

Make sure you brush up on how air travel will work going forward before trying to book a flight.

While we can travel by plane, the question on many people’s mind is how safe is it to lock yourself in a metal tube with strangers during a pandemic?

CNN spoke to an epidemiologist and an exposure scientist, Kacey Ernst and Paloma Beamer respectively, to provide some clarity on the situation.

The primary concern with flying — or traveling by bus or train — is sitting within six feet of an infected person. Remember: Even asymptomatic people can transmit. Your risk of infection directly corresponds to your dose of exposure, which is determined by your duration of time exposed and the amount of virus-contaminated droplets in the air.

Then there are contaminated surfaces. Even if planes are disinfected before and after flights, the people on them during travel are going to be touching things.

Ernst and Beamer recommend that you take a moment to think through the particulars of each trip. Here’s a checklist of things to take into consideration:

  • Is the trip entirely necessary, or can it be delayed?
  • Do you have any conditions that could make you more vulnerable to the virus?
  • Is the person that you’re meeting on the other side at risk of exposure?
  • Is it possible to drive?

If you have decided to fly, you need to do the following:

  • Phone the airline and check on their safety protocols. You don’t want to find yourself sitting in close proximity to someone once you’re on the flight and can’t leave. Are they spacing passengers with empty rows and seats?
  • Try and book a window seat. It decreases the radius around you (you are only exposed from three sides rather than four), and limits your contact with people walking up and down the aisle.
  • From check in to boarding, you’ll be encountering a number of surfaces. Keep sanitiser and wipes on you to keep your hands clean and to wipe down surfaces.
  • Bring plastic zip bags for personal items that others are going to touch like your ID.
  • Once you’re in your window seat, stay put.
  • Wear a mask at all times.

Once you’re on the plane, take comfort in the following:

When the ventilation system on planes is operating, planes have a very high ratio of outside fresh air to recirculated air – about 10 times higher than most commercial buildings.

Plus, most planes’ ventilation systems have HEPA filters. These are at least 99.9% effective at removing particles that are 0.3 microns in diameter and more efficient at removing both smaller and larger particles.

It’s still risky business, though, so stay on high alert, practise your safety protocols, and stick to airlines that are making your health and safety their priority.


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The ‘Avatar 2’ Crew Aren’t Very Popular In New Zealand https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/02/the-avatar-2-crew-arent-very-popular-in-new-zealand/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/02/the-avatar-2-crew-arent-very-popular-in-new-zealand/#respond Tue, 02 Jun 2020 09:35:01 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=527543 [imagesource: Avatar/20th Century Fox]

It’s an unpopular opinion, but I didn’t enjoy James Cameron’s Avatar.

Think about it – it’s basically Pocahontas in space.

Regardless, it was the highest-grossing film of all time until Avengers knocked it out of the top spot, so what do I know?

Fans of the film have been eagerly awaiting the sequel. I assume in this one Captain John Smith Jake Sully will take Pocahontas Neytiri to his home planet, thereby making her very uncomfortable and exposing the horrors of Earth.

Jokes aside, here’s CinemaBlend with the actual plot:

The sequel will once again feature Sully and Neytiri, who were recently revealed to have a family of their own. A slew of new characters are set to appear, as well as familiar faces and even Stephen Lang’s villainous Miles Quaritch, despite his apparent death in the first Avatar.

Avatar 2 is currently set for release on December 17, 2021, provided they can start filming.

As it stands, the international crew of Avatar 2 has been given special permission to enter New Zealand to start work.

This hasn’t gone down well with New Zealanders, according to The Guardian.

The country’s tourism industry, heavily reliant on overseas visitors, has taken a massive hit, and many families and couples have been separated for months by the measures. Many businesses have also struggled to bring workers stuck overseas home.

So news that Avatar director James Cameron and 55 members of his crew had arrived in the country on a privately chartered plane over the weekend angered many.

At the time of their arrival, the country was closed to all foreign nationals, as part of the coronavirus lockdown, but it looks like a different set of rules for Cameron and his crew.

Businesses are particularly upset, such as those in the dairy industry who have been unable to bring employees home, despite the fact that they’ve worked in the country for years.

Tom Hargreaves, a dairy farmer, told RNZ it was frustrating the Avatar crew were allowed in but not his second-in-command from Uruguay, who was indispensable to his farm. Her absence meant her colleagues were having to work overtime to cover her workload.

Hargreaves’ employee has worked in New Zealand for four years and only returned to Uruguay on a flying visit home when the borders closed behind her. Dairy workers are classified as essential workers, but Hargreaves said multiple attempts to get her back had failed.

Meanwhile, the Avatar 2 crew seems to be having a great time.

Jon Landau (famous for his work on Titanic) has been posting updates on Instagram.

Here he is arriving in New Zealand with James Cameron:

Image: Jon Landau/Instagram

And here’s one of the sets for Avatar 2:

Image: Jon Landau/Instagram

New Zealand has a complicated history with the film industry. Look into the controversial ‘Hobbit Law’ that hung like a dark cloud over the filming of The Lord of The Rings for insight into the ways that the country often panders to the film industry while screwing over its citizens.

Will this be another Hobbit Law adjacent scandal?

Let’s see.


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Favourite To Win ‘America’s Got Talent’ Has A Truly Incredible Backstory [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/02/favourite-to-win-americas-got-talent-has-a-truly-incredible-backstory-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/02/favourite-to-win-americas-got-talent-has-a-truly-incredible-backstory-video/#respond Tue, 02 Jun 2020 09:04:35 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=527517 Whenever I see a headline about a contestant on a talent show having a heartstring-tugging backstory, I roll my eyes, so you’re excused.

After all, it almost seems mandatory to have some kind of emotional angle to work over the judges and the crowd.

In the case of Archie Williams, the man now tipped as the favourite to win America’s Got Talent, it really isn’t an act, and he’s earned every bit of good fortune that comes his way.

Archie’s rendition of Elton John’s ‘Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me’ wowed the judges, but before we get to the performance, let’s cover what came before.

Sky News reporting below:

He was accused of raping and stabbing a 30-year-old white woman at her home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 1982, even though his fingerprints were not found at the scene.

Three people also testified that Williams was at home at the time of the crime, however the following year he was sentenced to life in prison without parole…

After spending more than 10 years in maximum security prison Louisiana State Penitentiary, the Innocence Project took up his case.

The non-profit legal organisation works to overturn wrongful convictions through the use of DNA testing.

After campaigning for 24 years, a new analysis of fingerprints at the scene identified a serial rapist as the man responsible for the crime – proving Williams’s innocence.

Seven days after those findings, in March 2019, Williams was released after 37 years in prison. You can read more on his story here.

After his audition was posted on YouTube last week, Williams has become a national sensation, especially in light of what is currently happening in America following the murder of George Floyd.

Here he is, appearing in front of Simon and the other judges:

Tough not to become emotional whilst watching that.

The performance even caught the attention of Elton himself, who tweeted this:

It’s reported that Archie is now a front-runner to win the competition, with others going as far as to say he’s the outright favourite.

Whatever happens, he’s certainly earned a healthy dose of good fortune.


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Massive Paydays On Forbes’ World’s Highest-Paid Athletes List https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/02/massive-paydays-on-forbes-worlds-highest-paid-athletes-list/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/02/massive-paydays-on-forbes-worlds-highest-paid-athletes-list/#respond Tue, 02 Jun 2020 08:37:33 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=527499 [imagesource:here]

The last time we saw Roger Federer, he was having a good laugh at Rafa Nadal’s struggles with Instagram Live, and wearing a big smile.

The Swiss tennis maestro usually seems in a good mood, and it’s not hard to see why, with Federer topping Forbes’ list of the world’s highest-paid athletes for the first time.

Forbes’ figures include all prize money, salaries, and bonuses earned between June 1, 2019, and June 1, 2020.

In total, the top 100 athletes on the list raked in a combined $3,6 billion this year, which is a 9% drop on last year’s figure, and the result of the coronavirus pandemic affecting live sport around the world.

Federer takes the top spot for the first time, with $106 million of pre-tax earnings, edging past Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, who have swapped the No. 1 spot in three of the past four years.

The two soccer icons earned a combined $209 million during the past 12 months, a $28 million drop from 2019, due to salary reductions at many European soccer clubs when league play was halted in March.

Federer, who has the best endorsement portfolio in sports, is just the ninth athlete to have landed in the top spot since 1990, the first year Forbes began tracking athletes’ earnings. He is also the first tennis player in the 30-year history to land at No. 1.

A quick look at the top 10 before we focus on Roger:

Here’s how Roger’s $106 million earnings can be broken down:

Federer’s haul includes $6.3 million in prize money and $100 million from endorsements and appearance fees, lifting him from the No. 5 spot he held in 2019 and beating his previous high of second place in 2013…

Federer’s endorsement portfolio is unmatched among active athletes, with 13 brands including Barilla, Moet & Chandon and Rimowa paying between $3 million and $30 million to associate themselves with the 20-time Grand Slam champ. The 38-year-old and golfer Tiger Woods are the only two active athletes to have hit $100 million in a single year from sponsorships alone…

Another sign of his command of the off-court side hustle: Once companies align themselves with him, they almost never leave. Rolex, Credit Suisse, Mercedes-Benz and Wilson have all been on Team Fed for more than a decade.

The fact that Federer recently signed a 10-year, $300 million deal with apparel brand Uniqlo is proof that his appeal is not expected to diminish once he retires from the game.

For those who are trying to figure out which sport their child should pick to earn untold riches, here’s a breakdown of the top 100 by sporting code:

That cricketer is Virat Kohli, who earned a cool $26 million.

To finish, the earnings of each of the top 10:

  • Roger Federer (tennis): $106.3 million
  • Cristiano Ronaldo (soccer): $105 million
  • Lionel Messi (soccer): $104 million
  • Neymar (soccer): $95.5 million
  • LeBron James (basketball): $88.2 million
  • Stephen Curry (basketball): $74.4 million
  • Kevin Durant (basketball): $63.9 million
  • Tiger Woods (golf): $62.3 million
  • Kirk Cousins (football): $60.5 million
  • Carson Wentz (football): $59.1 million

Not a bad 12 months.


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Necessary Viewing: A Blow-By-Blow Look At George Floyd’s Murder [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/02/necessary-viewing-a-blow-by-blow-look-at-george-floyds-murder-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/02/necessary-viewing-a-blow-by-blow-look-at-george-floyds-murder-video/#respond Tue, 02 Jun 2020 07:30:44 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=527482 Across America, people have taken to the streets to protest police brutality, and a system that routinely fails to hold anybody accountable for the violence perpetrated against black men in particular.

You could point to a number of recent killings of black people at the hands of law enforcement as catalysts for the protests, but it is the murder of George Floyd that really lit the match.

On May 25, Floyd died after a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, knelt on his neck for nine minutes, during which Floyd repeatedly complained that he could not breathe.

If you haven’t yet seen the footage, it is disturbing viewing, but it’s necessary in order to understand the anger that has swept America, and the world.

The New York Times “has reconstructed the death of George Floyd on May 25. Security footage, witness videos and official documents show how a series of actions by officers turned fatal.”

A warning that it does contain scenes of graphic violence:

Now consider that Chauvin, who has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, had 18 prior complaints filed against him with the Minneapolis Police Department’s Internal Affairs.

Again from the New York Times:

In Minneapolis, a city heralded for its progressive politics, pretty parks and robust employment, the racial divide runs deep. From education to wages, African-Americans are at a disadvantage, graduating at much lower rates and earning about one-third less than white residents.

And while black residents account for about 20 percent of the city’s population, Police Department data shows they are more likely to be pulled over, arrested and have force used against them than white residents. And black people accounted for more than 60 percent of the victims in Minneapolis police shootings from late 2009 through May 2019, data shows.

When there was a civilian review board to field the complaints, it would recommend discipline, but the police chief at the time would often refuse to impose it, said [Dave Bicking, a board member of Communities United Against Police Brutality], who served on the board.

When Colin Kaepernick took a knee, he was called a dog, and worse, by America’s president, and nothing changed.

Peaceful protest didn’t work, and now enough is enough.

Get angry about George Floyd, and get angry about Collins Khosa and what’s happening here at home, too.


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Does Standing Two Metres Apart Really Prevent The Spread Of COVID-19? https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/02/does-standing-two-metres-apart-really-prevent-the-spread-of-covid-19/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/02/does-standing-two-metres-apart-really-prevent-the-spread-of-covid-19/#respond Tue, 02 Jun 2020 07:00:42 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=527457 [imagesource: REUTERS/Hannah McKay]

From the start of the pandemic, we were encouraged to practice physical distancing. It started with the elbow tap greeting and evolved into the two metre rule.

Two metres is the recommended distance that we should maintain between ourselves and others.

This is just one of the ways that COVID-19 has fundamentally changed the way that we interact with the outside world, but until a recent review broke ground, the distance between us was just an estimate.

The Guardian reports on the review of dozens of studies, prepared for the World Health Organisation, and recently published in The Lancet.

The authors of the Lancet paper analysed nine studies involving 7,782 participants relating to physical distancing across the three viruses, reaching conclusions with “moderate certainty”.

…It found that keeping a distance of more than 1 metre from other people reduced the risk of infection to 3%, compared with 13% if standing within a metre.

However, the modelling also suggested that for every extra metre further away up to 3 metres, the risk of infection or transmission may halve.

In other words, standing two metres apart can significantly reduce your chances of contracting COVID-19. Make it three metres, and your risk reduces even further.

The researchers also wade into the debate about face masks. Based on evidence from 10 studies involving 2,647 participants, they found that the risk of infection or transmission when wearing a mask was 3% compared with 17% when not wearing a mask, although they said the level of certainty was “low”.

Similar benefits were found, also with low certainty, concerning wearing of protective eye coverings such as face shields, goggles and glasses.

This isn’t the first study that has looked into the benefits or efficacy of wearing face masks.

The recommended distance is based on the idea that when people cough and sneeze, the droplets will travel no more than two metres before dropping to the ground – although some believe that this could be an underestimate.

Prof Holger Schünemann from McMaster University in Canada, who co-led the research, told the Guardian: “We have a suggestion here that 2 metres might be more effective than 1 metre distance. And what that would mean is if one were to implement a policy, and particularly if 2 metres were already in place, 2 metres may be the right policy to undertake.”

A debate is underway between business owners and the government in Britain over the two-metre rule, because the only way to maintain it is to operate with a reduced workforce, which in turn deprives some people of an income.

The UK currently requires a physical distance of two metres at all times,  and face masks in “enclosed spaces” where physical distancing may be difficult, such as on public transport or in some shops.

You can read about alert level 3 employer responsibilities in South Africa, here.

When it comes to a highly infectious disease, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.


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Broad Daylight ‘Gang Hit’ In Cape Town, Toddler Flees [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/02/broad-daylight-gang-hit-in-cape-town-toddler-flees-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/02/broad-daylight-gang-hit-in-cape-town-toddler-flees-video/#respond Tue, 02 Jun 2020 06:30:17 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=527465 The Cape Flats COVID-19 ceasefire is well and truly over.

Whilst the shooting below isn’t thought to be linked to the hit on alleged Cape Town gang boss Ernie ‘Lastig’ Solomon’s life, insiders say it is linked to a dispute between rival gangs.

On Saturday, shortly before 10AM on a street corner in Lavender Hill, a man is gunned down in public, with a nearby toddler fleeing the hail of bullets.

IOL says the slain man has been identified as “Aggies”, and SAPS spokesperson Colonel Andrè Traut says they are investigating the murder of the 21-year-old.

Here’s the footage from the incident:

A source close to the investigation tells IOL this was a gang hit:

“The guy who was shot is part of the Flakka Boys. They have been in constant conflict with the Junky Funky Kids gang since the breakaway in 2018.”

The source explains that after the leader of the Funkys, John Adams, was allegedly killed by members of his own gang, a splinter group called the Flakka Boys was formed.

This group was led by Jamiel “Chara” Jacobs, who vowed to kill members of the Funkys and embarked on a killing spree, but in December 2018 the Anti-Gang Unit traced him to Paarl where he was arrested.

“Chara has been in prison ever since and the biggest problem is that the Flakkas don’t have any leadership so they just run around killing,” says the source.

“This shooting comes after another leader of the Funkys was killed in Seawinds a few weeks ago.”

As Gavin Walbrugh, the Community Police Forum chairperson, points out, the video “shows how cheap life is on the Cape Flats”.

If you search ‘Lavender Hill’ on Twitter, you’ll find a number of disturbing videos of daytime gang violence erupting in public – see here, here, and here for examples.

In a separate incident from Sunday, seven-year-old Tofique Johnson was hit by a stray bullet while sleeping in his bed in Manenberg.

The Daily Maverick reports that the Johnsons live in an area controlled by the Jesters gang, who had earlier done battle with the Americans:

Tofique’s father, Gershwin, who has no links to any of the gangs, recalled how bullets slammed into the family’s Wendy house.

“My eldest daughter was pushed off her bed and luckily she wasn’t injured. My wife, Rafieka, jumped out of the bed, rushed to Tofique and pulled him out of his bed. When she handed him to me, she shouted he was shot. I lifted up his sweater but saw no blood on him.”

Johnson said he then noticed a small hole in his son’s torso.

“There was only a little bit of blood on his bed. Our house was like a madhouse. My wife ran out and neighbours rushed him to the hospital,”  said Tofique’s distraught father.

Johnson said he was baffled as to why gangsters would target his home as he did not belong to a gang and was not involved in any criminality. According to Johnson, a police officer at the scene had told him that 24 shots were fired into the Wendy house.

Take a moment to consider what it would feel like to wake up to your house being fired on, before finding your seven-year-old in bed with a gunshot wound.

Johnson is now in a stable condition, having undergone an emergency operation, but doctors were unable to remove the bullet as it had lodged in his kidney.

Some food for thought – when people talk about ‘privilege’, part of that means growing up in an area that isn’t terrorised by gangsters, in communities held hostage by people with little to no regard for human life.


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Tuesday Morning Spice https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/02/tuesday-morning-spice-484/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/02/tuesday-morning-spice-484/#respond Tue, 02 Jun 2020 05:53:57 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=527411 [imagesource: Brendan Magaar/African News Agency (ANA)]

Ramaphosa Calls 11 Lockdown Deaths And 230 000 Arrests An Act Of ‘Over-Enthusiasm’ – Really! – There is a breathtaking level of police violence in South Africa, and 11 South Africans (all black men) have died in police action during the lockdown. [dailymaverick]

Schools Reopening: What Still Needs To Be Done To Get Pupils Back In Classrooms – Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says reports given to her department indicate that schools across the country are on different levels of readiness. [news24]

‘Tenderpreneurs’ Block The Delivery Of Protective Equipment To Schools – There were protests in some provinces by local suppliers who wanted to provide protective equipment at schools, which blocked the delivery of the protective equipment at schools. [mg]

COVID-19: SA Death Toll Passes 700, Cases Increase To More Than 34 000 – There were also an additional 22 deaths recorded in the latest 24-hour cycle – all in the Western Cape. [timeslive]

George Floyd Death Was Homicide And Asphyxiation – New autopsy finds he died of asphyxiation due to neck and back compression as an officer knelt on his neck. [skynews]

Pentagon Officials Express Concern As Trump Threatens To Use Military To ‘Dominate’ Protesters – Also discomfort with the civil order mission among some National Guard troops — more of whom are now mobilized inside the US than at any previous time. [cnn]

Protesters Tear-Gassed For Trump ‘Law and Order’ Photo Op – Demonstrators were peacefully protesting near the White House when police unleashed tear gas on the crowd. [dailybeast]

Coronavirus: Germany Divided As States Lift Lockdown – Germany’s calm and successful handling of the pandemic attracted international attention. But its next moves have been chaotic, and characterised by squabbling between regional leaders. [bbc]

Cape Town’s Newest High-End Sex Toy Shop Features ‘Vibration Station’ – Gone are the days of seedy, dingy, sex shops where you slink through the door, because the entire industry is now changing for the better. [here]

SAA Seeks R21-billion Bailout From Government – The plan includes about R17-billion that will go toward repaying South African Airways creditors, according to a draft copy seen by Bloomberg. [mybb]

BATSA Wants Court Case On Banning Of Cigarettes Heard On June 22 – Law firm Webber Wentzel signalled that it was seeking urgent relief and gave the government until the end of the week to indicate if it planned to oppose papers. [iol]

A Draft Law Sets SA’s Drunk-Driving Limit To Zero – And Govt Is Keen To Get It Enacted – South Africa could have a drunk-driving limit of zero before the end of the year. [businsider]

Spain Reports No Virus Deaths For First Time Since March – One of the world’s strictest lockdowns was put into place in mid-March and managed to eventually reduce the pressure on hospitals after some were overwhelmed with patients suffering from the virus. [abc]

Facebook Workers Slam Mark Zuckerberg Over Trump’s Inflammatory Posts – Facebook employees took a public stand against the company’s decision to leave President Trump’s recent inflammatory posts about the Minneapolis protests on the service. [fortune]

Level 3 Regulations Edge SA Sports Federations To The Brink – The golf industry, which is the biggest sporting employer in South Africa, providing livelihoods for 40,000 people at its facilities alone, is weeks away from an irreversible disaster. [dailymav]

Cara Delevingne’s Back With Another Great Collaboration – Cara Delevingne’s latest collaboration with PUMA celebrates Pride Month and the LGBTQQIA+ community. [here]

‘Very Buckinghamshire’: How ‘Society Bible’ Tatler Fell Out Of Royal Favour – The Cambridges are thought to be taking legal action after the society magazine claimed the Duchess is ‘exhausted’, ‘trapped’ and – worst of all – ‘bland’. [guardian]

Actor Thomas Middleditch’s Wife Files For Divorce After His Infamous ‘Swinging’ Interview – Costume designer Mollie cited “irreconcilable differences” as she filed for divorce on May 28 after they separated on May 22. [newsau]

Kylie Jenner ‘Blew Through More Than $130M On A Private Jet And Real Estate Deals’ – Before Forbes stripped her of billionaire status. [dmail]





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Buy Any Product From Websites That ‘Don’t Ship To SA’ – One of our most exciting partners offers you a PO Box in US, UK or Hong Kong, for you to deliver overseas online purchases to. Postbox Courier handles it from there – getting the package to you in under a week. [more]

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Crooks Tunnel Into Jozi Liquor Store And Steal R300k Of Booze [Images] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/01/crooks-tunnel-into-jozi-liquor-store-and-steal-r300k-of-booze-images/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/01/crooks-tunnel-into-jozi-liquor-store-and-steal-r300k-of-booze-images/#respond Mon, 01 Jun 2020 14:30:22 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=527399 [imagesource: Shoprite]

As you are no doubt well aware, today sees the return of alcohol sales between 9AM and 5PM.

Those operating hours remain the same from Tuesday through to Thursday, but no liquor sales will be allowed from Friday through to Sunday, or on public holidays.

A reminder that you can also buy from restaurants, bars, and other venues with liquor licences for off-site consumption, so if you were looking for your chance to support a struggling local business, this may be it.

Tunnel-digging crooks in Newtown Junction couldn’t quite wait until June 1, though, gaining access to a Shoprite LiquorShop on May 21 and stealing a solid R300 000 worth of beer, vodka, whisky, brandy, gin, and ciders.

I see from the image above that they popped up close to the really cheap wine, but these are indeed desperate times.

This from TimesLIVE:

The manager of the store discovered the theft, and a large hole in the floor, when she entered the store on Friday. She was returning to prepare for the store’s reopening under level 3 on Monday.

“With alcohol in high demand during the lockdown, the store was secured from the outside throughout. The suspects avoided the mall’s main entrance and instead used electrical and storm water tunnels beneath the shopping centre to gain access to an area beneath the store,” said Shoprite. “They then tunnelled through the solid concrete floor directly into the shop.”

It is unclear how the thieves knew where to tunnel, nor how long it took them to get through the thick concrete floor, but they returned a few times to steal a large amount of stock.

It’s like Shawshank Redemption, but instead of tunnelling to freedom, they stole booze. I know it’s wrong, but I can’t help but be just a little impressed.

According to Oswald Meiring, the Shoprite Group’s loss control manager, suspects were first seen on CCTV cameras on May 21, with the footage showing three suspects.

It is possible that there may have been additional people involved in the transportation of liquor along the tunnel.

Clearly, this crime has struck a nerve, and there is a R50 000 reward (subject to terms and conditions) for information that leads to a successful arrest.

If you have any information, call 0800 118 879, or email service@asesa.co.za.


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Cara Delevingne’s Back With Another Great Collaboration https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/01/cara-delevingnes-back-with-another-great-collaboration/ Mon, 01 Jun 2020 14:22:14 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=527187 [imagesource: PUMA]

Today, June 1, is worth celebrating for a number of reasons.

Yes, we can once again buy alcohol, but let’s not forget that the Queer community worldwide is celebrating the start of Pride Month.

It’s a month dedicated to activism, awareness, and a general celebration of a diverse and often marginalised community.

While stay at home orders prevent us from attending events or hitting the streets this year, there are ways to keep the pride alive from the comfort of your couch.

Stock up on queer literature, support queer-owned businesses, and donate to LGBTQQIA+ charities and non-profits like OUT and GALA.

While you’re at it, you might as well do it in style with the new capsule collection from PUMA in collaboration with Cara Delevingne.

Here’s IOL:

The 27-year-old actress and model will release the From PUMA with Love collection on June 1, which will be comprised of 13 pieces themed around the rainbow pattern associated with the LGBTQ community.

Image: PUMA

Cara – who has been a PUMA ambassador since 2016 – identifies as bisexual, and says the project connects with the issues close to her heart, as 20 percent of the proceeds from the line will go to LGBTQ charities including The Trevor Project, Mind Out, and GLAAD.

Image: PUMA

She says that the LGBTQIAA+ community has always been important to her.

“This [collaboration] just made sense, you know? I’ve been so lucky with PUMA, in everything we’ve ever discussed, they’ve always been open to new ideas and my perspective.”

The From PUMA With Love Collection includes crossbody bags, t-shirts, hoodies and sliders.

Image: PUMA

If you’d like to get your hands on (or feet into) this collection, swing by the PUMA website, where you can also shop the rest of the PUMA range.

[Cara] adds: “Obviously there are vibrant colours, but we wanted to do something different that wasn’t so obvious. The pieces are unisex and fun, but they’re things people can wear every day, not just during Pride month.

Image: PUMA

“I love the sandals, right now it’s just so easy and lovely to wear something you can slip on. I’ve been wearing [the collection] a lot because it’s all so comfortable – especially for workouts.”

Comfort plays an important role in our daily lives at the moment, especially for those of us working from home, where the transition from work to chill time basically involves moving from the desk to the couch.

I’ll leave you with some wise words from Cara to carry you through Pride Month in lockdown:

“Pride is not just a concept, it’s a way of life.”


April’s SA Economy Bloodbath In Four Graphs https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/01/aprils-sa-economy-bloodbath-in-four-graphs/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/01/aprils-sa-economy-bloodbath-in-four-graphs/#respond Mon, 01 Jun 2020 14:00:45 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=527361 South Africans spent the month of April under alert level 5 of the lockdown, faced with regulations that rank amongst the strictest in the world.

Given how unprepared large swathes of our healthcare sector were (and still are, in some key areas), acting quickly and decisively was necessary to buy us some time.

Sadly, as we have known from day one, the effect on South Africa’s economy has been brutal, and now that April’s data is out, the true extent of that can be seen.

Bloomberg’s Rene Vollgraaf with more:

The trade balance swung to a record deficit in April. That was mainly due to a 55% slump in exports as the lockdown stifled mining activity, which accounts for about half of the South Africa’s outward shipments, and as restrictions abroad weighed that demand from most trading partners.

It’s hoped that exports will increase significantly over the next few months, and if we remain at alert level 3, the second half of 2020 should see the trade balance remain positive:

Our credit-card purchases also plunged to a nine-year low in April, despite the central bank lowering borrowing costs.

“The economic fallout from the implementation of measures to contain the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic is envisaged to include job losses or salary reductions,” said Kamilla Kaplan, an economist at Investec Bank. “This will erode households’ ability to service debts.”

In graph form once more:

We’ve covered the incredible sales figures coming out of the country’s automotive industry before, and May’s numbers are predicted to continue the trend.

The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa has reduced its domestic new-vehicle sales forecast by 23% to 405 000 units for the year, saying demand will continue to remain under pressure until there is greater economic stability.

Below are the sales figures for April compared with past months:

To finish, there is now a massive budget shortfall to deal with:

Business closures because of the lockdown and steps announced by the South African Revenue Service to give more time for tax payments to be made led to a budget shortfall of 52.1 billion rand in April, the first month of the government’s fiscal year.

While Finance Minister Tito Mboweni will only present an adjustment budget in late June, he has said the tax take could fall by 32%.

Crazy idea – allow the sale of tobacco products, with British American Tobacco SA (Batsa) estimating that each day of the ban sees R35 million in tax revenue lost.

Not a good look.

Tito Mboweni is going to have some balancing act in his next budget speech later this month.

At least there will be plenty of tax revenue generated through booze sales, with the queues outside some stores today showing a thirsty public.


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Cape Town’s Newest High-End Sex Toy Shop Features ‘Vibration Station’ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/01/cape-towns-newest-high-end-sex-toy-shop-features-vibration-station/ Mon, 01 Jun 2020 13:35:53 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=527238 [imagesource: Vera Lair/Stocksy]

For as long as I can remember, sex shops in Cape Town were mostly seedy, dark places that you snuck into in your early twenties out of curiosity, or slinked into when you wanted to stock up on something gimmicky for a bachelorette party.

Most of the vibrators were made from plastic (not ideal) or shaped like things that looked mildly unsafe at best, and borderline dangerous at worst.

It’s a pity because the sex-positive among us know that self-pleasure and a healthy sex life can be greatly enhanced by the right sex toy.

Finding it usually means shopping online, which denies you the option of seeing it, holding it, and making an informed decision.

Until now.

Olivia Grey has just opened the doors to their new sex toy shop in Woodstock.

It’s a bright, open space, where you can shop for premium sex toys in a stimulating, informative, and fun way.

The one-stop sex shop defies the stigma and taboo around adult stores.

Informed shop assistants will guide you through your shopping adventure with the utmost professionalism. All your questions will be answered, and your concerns addressed, thereby ensuring that you find the sex toy that’s right for you and/or your partner.

Plus (and this is a massive plus), you can hold, try, and take a closer look at their products, charged and on display on their carefully curated ‘vibration station’.

In-store shopping gives you a better idea of the product, its shape and size, and which material appeals to you most. Whether you prefer an item that vibrates, or just something to help you get to know yourself a little bit better, they’ve got you covered.

Olivia Grey is committed to ensuring your shopping experience is a safe one. All customers are required to use hand sanitiser before entering, and once inside, and they’re also conducting temperature checks at the door before entry. The toys on display are also cleaned and disinfected regularly.

The full range of toys are stylish, sexy and downright playful. Moreover, the variety of vibrators, dildos and even some bondage stuff designed for men, women and couples at all levels of experience, are made with premium-grade materials.

While you can shop Olivia Grey’s products online, you’ll have to wait for your delivery, whereas n-store shopping means that you can take home your new sex toy immediately.

You’ll find the shop at Shop 8, Salt Circle Arcade, 374 Albert Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town.

Because, if we’re going to be locked indoors for the foreseeable future, why not keep the good vibes going?

Our Top 10 Karen Memes https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/01/our-top-10-karen-memes/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/01/our-top-10-karen-memes/#respond Mon, 01 Jun 2020 13:30:11 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=527389 [imagesource: King of the Chill]

Spotting a Karen in the wild isn’t hard.

She’ll be sporting that Rod Stewart circa 1969 haircut, if not in reality, then in spirit.

You’ll know she’s about to attack when her eyes narrow, and she releases the call of the Karen:

“Can I speak to the manager?”

The Karen meme was birthed out of the stereotype of a middle class white woman who, to use CNN‘s words, acts like she “can get whatever she wants”. Another definition of Karen describes her (or him – men can be Karens, too) as “oblivious to how they treat others”.

We’ve all encountered a Karen at some point.

However it came to be, the memes are superb.

Here’s our pick of the best in no particular order.

One does not simply become a Karen:

Or is one always a Karen?

Image: MakeBetterMemes

Maybe they emerge fully formed…

Image: Film Daily

Super Karen (She keeps her power in her hair)

Image: Film Daily

The Karen of your nightmares

Image: Film Daily

That time Justin Bieber went full Karen

Image: Film Daily

President Karen

In case you missed it, Trump went nuclear on Twitter when the site put a fact check warning on one of his posts.

Space Karen

Elon Musk earned his Karen stripes after he opposed lockdown regulations in the US.

Karen versus Karen

Image: Pinterest

The OG Karen

Image: The New Daily

To all the Karens out there, be better.

And, to those in the service industry on the frontlines of the battle against the Karen – we salute you.


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Let’s Chat About Those Secret Kids’ Playdates You’ve Been Having https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/01/lets-chat-about-those-secret-kids-playdates-youve-been-having/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/01/lets-chat-about-those-secret-kids-playdates-youve-been-having/#respond Mon, 01 Jun 2020 13:11:41 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=527333 [imagesource: Shutterstock]

To those parents operating on the sly – yes, you.

I’ve heard plenty of people talking about clandestine playdates, and some folks are even daft enough to post the pictures on social media (although that’s not limited to parents), which proves just how addictive the quest for likes and online validation has become.

When South Africans were limited to exercise between 6AM and 9AM (remember those days? Wild), certain streets resembled school playgrounds. I’m not going to judge at all on that front, because that outdoor exercise is essential to keeping one’s sanity, especially whilst schools remained (and in many cases, remain) closed.

Let’s switch the focus to indoor playdates, and people talk about a close-knit circle of parents they trust, and that’s nice, but how can you really be certain that the other parents are carrying out the required safety measures?

Also, you’re breaking the lockdown rules, which can carry a hefty fine and a cumbersome legal process.

CNN looked at playdates, and the safety thereof, in a US context, but many of the issues remain relevant here in South Africa.

Such as the sneaky nature of it all:

Though dozens of people responded to my request for people to discuss having playdates, or watching others have them, few would speak openly — they didn’t want to deal with the crushing judgment that’s so free-flowing during the pandemic. They didn’t want to throw their neighbors, or themselves, under the bus.

Every neighbourhood Facebook group has the ‘snitches’, and the ‘let people live their own lives’ folks, and watching them bicker has now become a national pastime.

In the US, expert bodies seem pretty united on the topic of playdates:

…the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention promotes abstinence mostly as the best method. “The key to slowing the spread of Covid-19 is to limit contact as much as possible,” it cautions. “While school is out, children should not have in-person playdates with children from other households.”

The CDC suggests, instead, “supervised phone calls or video chats with their friends.”

Back to the idea of a close circle of friends you trust, which CNN dubs “pods” or “social bubbles”, and the problems therein:

…a pediatric nurse from New Jersey, who could not use her name because of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) laws, took care of six children who were admitted into the hospital — two to the pediatric ICU — all from different social bubbles, within 72 hours.

One person in a particular bubble was a silent carrier who never had any symptoms, and all bubble members were reportedly staying home and having their groceries delivered. “There is no real way to safely form a bubble,” the nurse said.

Again, given that many South African children will soon return to school (or have already), playdates may soon become a moot point.

And again, I don’t have children running around my home, cooped up and desperate to see their friends, so far be it from me to tell parents how to live their lives.

At the very least, though, masks and physical distancing protocols seems like a must.

Read the rest of the CNN report here.


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Belgium’s Partying Prince Gives Harry A Run For His Money – Now Has COVID-19 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/01/belgiums-partying-prince-gives-harry-a-run-for-his-money-now-has-covid-19/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/01/belgiums-partying-prince-gives-harry-a-run-for-his-money-now-has-covid-19/#respond Mon, 01 Jun 2020 13:03:33 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=527352 [imagesource: Mark Renders/Getty]

Let’s delve into some background on Prince Joachim of Belgium (above) before we continue.

He’s the younger son and third child of Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este, and Princess Astrid of Belgium.

He also looks like Draco Malfoy.

When Prince Harry settled down, Joachim was declared one of the most eligible royal bachelors in the world.

Prior to his relationship with Meghan, Harry was known to party hard. A trip to Las Vegas that ended with some naked pictures on the internet really stands out.

While Harry got wild in his day, he didn’t do so under strict lockdown rules.

Prince Joachim, on the other hand, got up to no good in Spain and is now paying the price.

Over to the BBC:

A Belgian prince who contracted coronavirus after attending a party during lockdown in Spain has apologised and “will accept the consequences”.

“I deeply regret my actions,” he said in a statement on Sunday.

Prince Joachim, 28, travelled from Belgium to Spain for an internship on 26 May, but went to a party two days later in the southern city of Córdoba.

“I apologise for not respecting all quarantine measures during my trip,” his statement reads, adding: “In these difficult times I did not want to offend anyone.”

He was one of 27 people at the party and is only experiencing mild COVID-19 symptoms, so no need to panic if you’re a fan of the Belgian Royal Family for some reason.

Spanish police have launched an investigation into the party. Those found to have flouted lockdown rules could be fined up to €10,000 (£9,000; $11,100).

Everyone who attended the party is said to be in quarantine.

Spain is trying to emerge from one of the strictest lockdowns in Europe. Similar to South Africa, the country outlined a four-stage plan to get things going again.

The country said it was moving to a second phase from 1 June for 70% of Spaniards, leaving only major cities under tighter restrictions.

Prince Joachim is now a vector for disease.

Perhaps he’ll make better choices moving forward.


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Simple Trick To Keep Your Puppy Entertained Is Pure Genius [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/01/simple-trick-to-keep-your-puppy-entertained-is-pure-genius-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/01/simple-trick-to-keep-your-puppy-entertained-is-pure-genius-video/#respond Mon, 01 Jun 2020 13:00:42 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=527371 [imagesource: here]

Dogs are creatures that possess the rare potential to be really dumb or really smart.

You never know what you’re going to get.

Take the COVID-19 sniffer dogs as an example. They’re amazing, and if their training pans out as planned, they will be able to help us trace the virus faster than current testing systems.

Then there’s a friend’s dog, who seems to have made it his mission in life to lie directly in the path of anyone trying to walk around the house, despite being accidentally stepped on multiple times.

If you’ve been locked up with a dog, smart or silly, I’m sure the new exercise regulations are a welcome relief.

If you’re isolating with a puppy, things are a little tougher. They’re easily bored, full of energy, and often haven’t reached a level of obedience that makes it possible to go for a walk.

Mashable reckons they’ve found a trick that’ll solve your problems.

Enter the very latest in puppy fun technology: a kitchen island and a leash.

This development modifies the old “chasing your tail” routine and pits a determined yellow lab baby against the laws of physics. Will she catch the elusive leash end? Watch to find out.

A demonstration:


Simple, yet effective.

Just keep an eye on your pup if you want to try this out, to make sure they don’t become tangled or hurt themselves.


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Pretty Wild – Watch US Astronauts Cruise Into Space Station With Floating Greetings [Videos] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/01/pretty-wild-watch-us-astronauts-cruise-into-space-station-with-floating-greetings-videos/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/01/pretty-wild-watch-us-astronauts-cruise-into-space-station-with-floating-greetings-videos/#respond Mon, 01 Jun 2020 10:30:23 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=527330 [imagesource: NASA]

Elon Musk’s space program, SpaceX, has spent the better part of six years getting to a place where it can successfully launch astronauts into orbit.

Last year, the company conducted a full dress rehearsal, successfully launching the Crew Dragon without a crew on board.

Now the project is complete, as for the first time since 2011, US astronauts made their way to the International Space Station (ISS) from US soil.

It’s also the first time in history that a commercial aerospace company has carried humans into Earth’s orbit.

Here’s The Guardian:

A mere 19 hours after blasting off from Florida, and with a short break for a burst of Black Sabbath in between, two Nasa astronauts docked the SpaceX Dragon crew capsule to the International Space Station (ISS) on Sunday in another milestone moment for their historic mission.

Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley chose Black Sabbath’s ‘Planet Caravan’ as their “wake up song” after an eight-hour sleep period during the flight.

SpaceX confirmed docking was made at 10.16am ET above the China-Mongolia border, the crew of the ISS ringing the station’s bell three times in maritime tradition to signal the new arrival.

It was a particularly poignant moment for astronaut Doug Hurley, who piloted the 2011 mission that closed the 30-year shuttle programme and now the first crewed test flight under Nasa’s $6.2bn private-public partnership known as the commercial crew programme.

We’ve selected the highlights of the 19-hour space flight, starting with the launch:

Keeping to tradition, the astronauts got to choose the name for their spacecraft. Several hours after the launch, they announced their choice:

“Without further ado, we would like to welcome you aboard capsule Endeavour,” Hurley said.

“We chose Endeavour for a few reasons, because of this incredible endeavour Nasa, SpaceX and the United States have been on since the end of the shuttle program back in 2011.

“The other reason is a little more personal to Bob and I. We both had our first flights on shuttle Endeavour, and it just meant so much for us to carry on that name.”

Running slightly ahead of schedule, the Crew Dragon (now Endeavour) arrived at the space station where it docked perfectly:

Satellite communication gave us a clear look at Hurley and Behnken working the controls from inside Endeavour/Dragon:

Finally, Hurley and Behnken complete the first stage of their mission, open the hatch, and enter the ISS:

If you’d like to take in the ceremony that followed, here it is:

Hurley and Behnken will spend up to four months orbiting Earth while SpaceX engineers analyse every aspect of the mission and the performance of the spaceship. A successful return to Earth will pave the way for regular operational missions.

There are worse ways to socially distance than in space.

If you’d like to try your hand at docking a spacecraft, try the SpaceX docking simulator – it’s harder than it looks.

Godspeed, Bob and Doug.


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Brutal Takedown Of Kylie Jenner And Her Wealth Exposes “Web Of Lies” https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/01/brutal-takedown-of-kylie-jenner-and-her-wealth-exposes-web-of-lies/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/01/brutal-takedown-of-kylie-jenner-and-her-wealth-exposes-web-of-lies/#respond Mon, 01 Jun 2020 09:30:04 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=527266 [imagesource: Getty]

The Jenner-Kardashian empire popularised the idea of being famous for being famous.

It’s an industry that has attracted much scrutiny over the years. Their wealth is determined by their brand, and it seems that they’ll do just about anything to legitimise it.

These attempts have often exposed the Jenner-Kardashians to ridicule, as their shortsightedness exposes a lack of business acumen.

Take Kim Kardashian’s recent Twitter fail while advertising her new range of face masks for example.

Then there’s Kylie Jenner, who has been accused of plagiarism multiple times.

Despite some controversy, she did manage to make it onto Forbes’ rich list, where she was celebrated as a “self-made billionaire”.

The ‘self-made’ part really rankled most people.

In January this year, she sold her makeup brand Kylie Cosmetics in a deal with Coty valued at $1,2 billion.

But, according to Forbes, things are not as they seem.

In the deal’s fine print, a less flattering truth emerged. Filings released by publicly traded Coty over the past six months lay bare one of the family’s best-kept secrets: Kylie’s business is significantly smaller, and less profitable, than the family has spent years leading the cosmetics industry and media outlets, including Forbes, to believe.

Image: Kylie Cosmetics

Of course, white lies, omissions and outright fabrications are to be expected from the family that perfected—then monetized—the concept of “famous for being famous.”

But, similar to Donald Trump’s decades-long obsession with his net worth, the unusual lengths to which the Jenners have been willing to go—including inviting Forbes into their mansions and CPA’s offices, and even creating tax returns that were likely forged—reveals just how desperate some of the ultra-rich are to look even richer.

This new information suggested that, despite the $340 million after taxes that Kylie took away from the deal with Coty, she might not actually be worth billions.

In true Kardashian style, Kylie began her cosmetics brand with a scandal. The tabloids said that she used lip fillers, she denied it, and then fessed up to it before launching a range of lipsticks and lip liners which quickly sold out.

She has collected also raked in good money through modelling and appearances in Keeping Up With The Kardashians. By the end of 2016, she had amassed a whole range of makeup products.

Her net worth, however, despite claims that Kylie Cosmetics had gone from nothing to $300 million in sales in a single year, was hard to swallow.

Forbes outlines the full story, year-by-year in a detailed article, which you can read in full, here.

For our purposes, let’s fast forward to 2020, and Forbes’ summary of events:

The business was never that big to begin with, and the Jenners have lied about it every year since 2016—including having their accountant draft tax returns with false numbers—to help juice Forbes’ estimates of Kylie’s earnings and net worth. While we can’t prove that those documents were fake (though it’s likely), it’s clear that Kylie’s camp has been lying.

There’s also the issue of profit: Forbes had been estimating that her business, which has little overhead, was notching 44% net margins. But Coty’s filings indicate that Kylie’s profits are likely lower than we figured, since her Ebitda margin—which factors in some, but not all, of her expenses—is only around 25%.

Forbes has now recalculated Kylie’s net worth and concluded that she is not a billionaire.

According to IOL, she was quick to clap back at the publication, with the threat of a lawsuit.

[Jenner’s] lawyer Michael Kump has issued a statement insisting Forbes’ article contains “outright lies”, and demanding the company retract their comments.

Michael said in his statement: “We have reviewed Forbes’ article accusing Kylie of engaging in deceit and a ‘web of lies’ to inflate her net worth. The article is filled with outright lies. Forbes’ accusation that Kylie and her accountants ‘forged tax returns’ is unequivocally false and we are demanding that Forbes immediately and publicly retract that and other statements.”

The fact that the article is still on Forbes’ site tells us that they won’t be taking this one lying down.

As for the Jenner-Kardashians, perhaps fame can only get you so far.


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Keen To Fly Somewhere In SA? Here’s What You Need To Know https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/01/keen-to-fly-somewhere-in-sa-heres-what-you-need-to-know/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/01/keen-to-fly-somewhere-in-sa-heres-what-you-need-to-know/#respond Mon, 01 Jun 2020 09:00:28 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=527294 [imagesource: Reuters/Rogan Ward

From today, June 1, South African domestic flights for business travel are now allowed.

To really spell it out, that means you may not fly for recreational or tourism purposes, and at present there are only four airports open for passengers.

Those are OR Tambo, Cape Town, King Shaka, and Lanseria international airports, which have been opened as part of phase one of domestic air travel.

If that is deemed a success, and depending on infection numbers inland, phase two would see the opening of Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, Polokwane International Airport, and Bram Fischer Airport in Bloemfontein.

In phase three, and once screening capacity is deemed sufficient, Kimberley Airport, Upington Airport, East London Airport, Umtata Airport, and Port Elizabeth Airport would then open.

There is no timeline given for each phase, with Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula saying that the speed of the rollout will depend on the efficiency of the safety measures in place.

Some more basics via Business Insider SA:

Passengers must “provide written authorisation or proof of travel, confirming the reason” for their flight – and those who can not do so “shall be automatically denied travel”…

Students and pupils returning to their studies are allowed to travel, as may people moving to a new home or “caring for an immediate family member, though they need forms and affidavits.

Members of Parliament “performing oversight responsibilities” are specifically allowed to travel, and so are close family members wishing to attend funerals.

There remains some confusion around what is deemed “essential business travel”, but South Africans have grown used to a certain amount of guessing over the past few months.

Once you’re on the plane, various safety measures are in place, such as no onboard magazines, no catering (given the quality of airline food, not a big loss), and the last row on the plane being reserved for isolation of suspected cases.

Whilst it was suggested that airlines may be forced to operate at a reduced capacity, with the middle seat in each row remaining vacant to ensure physical distancing between passengers, that is not the case.

Mbalula made it clear that all seats on the plane could be sold.

Over to MyBroadband, which covers further regulations:

All the airports will have markings on the floor for social distancing of 1.5 metres. This will be applicable at check-in counters, security checkpoints, and airport lounges.

All airline check-in agents will wear face shields and people will be encouraged to use self-check-in to avoid queues.

At boarding gates, boarding will be staggered and prioritized in terms of the number of passengers to board.

To further encourage social distancing, only passengers are allowed inside airport terminal buildings – which means no family and friends can accompany travellers inside airports.

For those who are travelling for work, there is another rather sizeable issue – the lack of flights available.

Both Kulula and FlySafair aren’t yet operational, with the former not likely to fly again until November, and the latter waiting to see the demand for tickets before resuming operations.

FlySafair CEO Elmar Conradie says the airline needs to sell 85% of the tickets for each flight before they become profitable, so that wait and see response makes sense.

You can see just how few flights are currently available in the rest of the MyBroadband article.

I’m quite grateful that I don’t have to fly much for work, because the idea of sitting in a plane right now doesn’t fill me with joy.

Safe travels to those that must, and good luck getting tickets.


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If You’re Thinking About Stockpiling Liquor, You’ve Got Another Thing Coming [Videos] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/01/if-youre-thinking-about-stockpiling-liquor-youve-got-another-thing-coming-videos/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/01/if-youre-thinking-about-stockpiling-liquor-youve-got-another-thing-coming-videos/#respond Mon, 01 Jun 2020 08:07:57 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=527278 [imagesource:here]

Ah, June 1, 2020.

It’s the day that South Africans have long been waiting for since alcohol was banned under alert level 4 and alert level 5 of the national lockdown.

There was much rejoicing (and a fair amount of concern) when it was announced that the ban would be lifted as we moved to alert level 3.

We all remember the toilet paper and beans madness that took hold just before the stay at home order went into effect.

To makes things worse, the government has a history of changing its mind when it comes to lockdown regulations, often at a moment’s notice, which means that some South Africans are preparing for the possibility that liquor sales may once again be banned.

This, naturally, leads to stockpiling.

However, in preparation for the masses on Monday, a number of liquor organisation and bodies have decided that stockpiling will not be allowed.

Over to IOL:

Beer Association of South Africa (Basa), Consumer Goods Council of SA (CGCSA), Consortium of Liquor Traders Associations (LTA), Liquor Traders Association of SA (LTASA), South African Liquor Brand owners Association (Salba) and VinPro (representing wine industry) have made it clear to consumers that they do not want a repeat of the chaos that ensued when President Cyril Ramaphosa initially announced the lockdown in March.

Those in the industry have taken it upon themselves to compile their own guidelines in this regard.

BASA chief executive Patricia Pillay on the guidelines:

Speaking on behalf of traders and associations, Basa chief executive Patricia Pillay confirmed that no bulk-buying would be permitted

“They (guidelines) are designed to protect all staff and customers from the spread of the virus. We will need a collective to unite in our efforts to create a safe environment for all staff, customers and others who may enter the outlets,” Pillay said.

She added that staff at these outlets would be expected to adhere to the basic hygiene criteria and to wash and sanitise their hands.

Liquor stores are at liberty to determine how much alcohol will be allocated per customer.

The Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance in South Africa has come out in support of the restrictions on alcohol sales.

Spokesperson Maurice Smithers said the level 3 measures must focus on the proper resourcing of monitoring and enforcement capacity, together with an efficient reporting mechanism for non-compliance.

Before getting your hopes up, it’s probably best to phone ahead to find out how much your local liquor store is selling to each customer.

Meanwhile, people lined up in hoards outside liquor stores before the anticipated 9AM opening.

Here’s Strand:

Pretoria getting a head start on things:

More from News24:

BASA has set up a hotline for “any incidents of criminality during this period”.

If you want to avoid the madness, keep in mind that you can order your favourite gin and wine online.

It might take a few more days, but you won’t have to fight the crowds for your tipple of choice.


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We May Be Closer To Alert Level 1 Than You Think https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/01/we-may-be-closer-to-alert-level-1-than-you-think/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/01/we-may-be-closer-to-alert-level-1-than-you-think/#respond Mon, 01 Jun 2020 07:35:35 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=527263 [imagesource: Mike Hutchings/Reuters ]

Welcome to alert level 3, South Africa.

Booze sales, a 12-hour exercise window, no national curfew, and some other freedoms return.

It’s still a big no on the tobacco sales front, although many of the industry’s giants are now taking legal action.

The drop in alert level is welcomed, of course, but President Ramaphosa has admitted that some of the scientists responsible for advising the government’s response actually recommended that South Africa could move straight to alert level 1.

Those scientists believe the lockdown had become a “blunt instrument” in curbing the spread of the coronavirus, with reporting below via News24:

The president was speaking to a group of editors in a virtual forum with the South African National Editors’ Forum [SANEF] on Sunday.

“They [scientists] also said once we went through Level 5 and Level 4, they also said the lockdown has served its purpose. In fact what they were also advising was that you could quite easily go to Level 1,” Ramaphosa said.

He said scientists had advised that “the lockdown has become a blunt instrument” and had served its purpose. Government was advised to rely on other tools to curb the spread of Covid-19 infections, such as promoting social distancing, wearing of masks and hygiene.

Despite that advice, Ramaphosa said the government also took heed of what the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended, which stated that “countries should ease lockdowns gradually and slowly and do so as the infection rate goes down”.

A combination of the scientific advice and the WHO advice led to the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) deciding to “take the middle road”, culminating in the decision to drop to alert level 3 today:

“Rather than rush quickly to Level 1, as advised through scientists, we said, let’s go to Level 3 and gradually move to Level 2. This will also help give us time to be more ready throughout the country…” Ramaphosa said.

Still, with those scientists having the ear of government, we may be closer to alert level 1 than many thought, at least in certain parts of the country that aren’t considered hotspots.

On that front, Ramaphosa did admit that enforcing different alert levels at the same time would prove tricky:

“Originally, the intention was to place hotspot areas at a higher level than other areas, but it became evident that this would prove impractical and undermine efforts to reopen the economy,” Ramaphosa said.

He used Ekhuruleni as an example of how, if it was left at Level 4 of the lockdown, it would have been impossible for people from the rest of the province to travel to that area for work.

“Having different areas on different levels will simply disrupt supply chains, create a multiplicity of regulations to enforce and even increase the movement between hotspots and other areas,” he said.

That doesn’t mean the good people of the Western Cape should let down their guard, because the threat of a return to alert level 4 remains, and our numbers continue to rise at an alarming rate.

You can watch Ramaphosa’s full interview with a group of editors from SANEF  below:


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BBC Reckons Rest Of Africa Can Learn Eight COVID-19 Lessons From SA https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/01/bbc-reckons-rest-of-africa-can-learn-eight-covid-19-lessons-from-sa/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/01/bbc-reckons-rest-of-africa-can-learn-eight-covid-19-lessons-from-sa/#respond Mon, 01 Jun 2020 07:00:58 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=527244 [imagesource: EPA/Nic Bothma]

Writing for the BBC, Andrew Harding has kept a close eye on how South Africa handles the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our initial response to enact a national lockdown was praised as “ruthlessly efficient”, and there is no doubt that we bought our healthcare sector valuable time to prepare.

After covering how the pandemic seemed to have brought a ceasefire on the Cape Flats (which sadly didn’t last very long at all), and whether not our booze ban was proving effective, the mood shifted.

In mid-May, Harding spoke about doubts creeping in six weeks into one of the world’s strictest lockdowns, as many South Africans grew weary of some of the draconian regulations that remained in place.

Well, happy June 1, everybody – booze sales are now allowed (until Thursday, and show some common sense at the store), you may exercise at any time between 6AM and 6PM, there is no curfew, and we have to take our wins where we can get them.

Back to Harding and the BBC’s latest analysis, which states that South Africa has provided eight lessons for the rest of Africa to learn from.

(We should note that some African countries seem to have a real handle on things, so perhaps there are lessons we can learn from them, too.)

Starting with:

Keep the tea rooms clean

Several major hospitals have already been forced to shut after becoming hot spots for the virus.

Doctors are warning that medical staff continue to congregate in tea rooms, removing their masks, passing mobile phones to each other, and undermining all the work they do on the wards.

“The most dangerous place in a clinic is undoubtedly the tea room. We’re trying to get that message out,” said Doctor Tom Boyles, an infectious disease specialist in Johannesburg.

Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town, for example, suffered a massive outbreak.

Fast tests – or no tests

It has built up a huge backlog – “tens of thousands” according to several sources – at its laboratories, which is now undermining the validity of the entire testing process…

“Currently the turnaround time for Covid tests is around 14 days in most places, so that basically means it’s a complete waste of time,” said Dr Doctor Tom Boyles, an infectious disease specialist.

As of Friday, Western Cape Premier Alan Winde said the backlog around the country was as high as 100 000.

It is not old age, it is obesity

…the evidence from several South African hospitals already suggests that alarmingly high levels of obesity – along with hypertension and diabetes – in younger Covid-19 patients are linked to many fatalities.

It is believed that as many South Africans suffer from hypertension and diabetes as from HIV [and] two-thirds of coronavirus deaths in South Africa so far are among people aged under 65, according to Prof Madhi [a prominent vaccine expert].

“Obesity is a big issue, along with hypertension and diabetes,” he said.

Harding then touches on ‘exposure isn’t always exposure‘, which relates to some in the country’s healthcare system being unnecessarily cautious, and ‘the devil is in the detail‘, which covers our government’s decision to allow religious gatherings of up to 50 people.

The dangers there are clear and obvious.

The sixth lesson is dubbed ‘winning the peace‘, and relates to disagreements between political parties and the potential for long-term change:

South Africa’s official opposition, the Democratic Alliance (DA), has been struggling to make itself heard during the lockdown…

When the DA has sought to attract attention to itself, it has shown signs of flip-flopping on policy.

“They should be playing a much longer game, looking to win the peace, not the war,” said [political scientist and commentator Richard] Calland, citing the example of Clement Atlee, who swept to power in the UK, defeating Winston Churchill in the immediate aftermath of World War Two.

I’d say there is a stark difference between what works in wartime UK and what works in modern-day Africa, but moving on.

Bring the public with you relates to the alcohol and tobacco sales ban:

The ban is playing into the hands of powerful criminal syndicates controlling contraband cigarettes, and is costing the government a fortune in lost tax revenues.

But perhaps more importantly, it is undermining the credibility of the lockdown regulations themselves – making compliance, as the country moves to ease some restrictions on movement, less likely.

For any lockdown to succeed, you need the public’s support and trust, and both of those have been greatly eroded in recent weeks.

Finally, number eight – Keeping it simple

For weeks, it seemed, everyone was talking about finding and building ventilators. But the experience of frontline doctors in Cape Town has already shown that simpler, cheaper and less-intrusive devices can play a far more important role.

Countries need to plan according to their limited resources…

Hospitals in Cape Town are also following the international example of “proning” – lying patients face down in order to improve oxygen supply to their lungs.

The principal of looking for simpler solutions applies to staffing too, with many doctors urging the health authorities to focus on bringing final-year medical students, and perhaps retired staff, into an overstretched system, rather than importing expensive foreign doctors from places like Cuba.

Those Cuban doctors really do cost a pretty penny, going by the numbers that emerged when they first touched down in late April.

President Ramaphosa and other members of the National Coronavirus Command Council have repeatedly stated that the worst is still to come.

Given that our confirmed cases and deaths are far higher than in many African countries, we’ll more than likely be providing further lessons for the continent to learn from.


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Monday Morning Spice https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/01/monday-morning-spice-462/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/01/monday-morning-spice-462/#respond Mon, 01 Jun 2020 06:04:42 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=527180 Fire, Pestilence And A Country At War With Itself: The Trump Presidency Is Over – A pandemic unabated, an economy in meltdown, cities in chaos over police killings. All our supposed leader does is tweet. [guardian]

Caught On Camera, Police Explode In Rage And Violence Across The US – Over the past 72 hours, people across the US have captured what may be the most comprehensive live picture of police brutality ever. [verge]

Video Appears To Show A Tanker Truck Driving Into Minneapolis Protesters – The truck can be seen speeding toward protesters on a highway as demonstrations continued in Minneapolis for the sixth straight night. [nyt]

Taylor Swift Calls Out Trump Over Late-Night Minnesota Tweet – ‘You have the nerve to feign moral superiority before threatening violence?’ [cnn]

‘N-WORD’: Amazon UK Website Seen With Racial Slurs On Apple AirPods Listings – Over the weekend, several Twitter users had reported the website of Amazon U.K. after seeing racial comments from a user on the Apple Airpods listings page.  [techtim]

Michael Jordan Says He Is ‘Deeply Saddened, Truly Pained And Plain Angry’ About George Floyd’s Death – Basketball legend Michael Jordan on Sunday sent his condolences to the family of George Floyd and shared his support for protesters fighting for justice. [cnn]

School’s Out: Nationwide Reopening Postponed, But Western Cape Won’t Wait – Hours before learners in Grades 8 and 12 were due to return to school on Monday 1 June, the Department of Basic Education announced the reopening has been postponed by a week. Western Cape, however, has urged learners to attend class. [mav]

Game Parks And Hikes Are Legal Again From Monday – But No Overnight Stays And Only In-Province – Game parks and private game farms may open their gates to visitors again from Monday, when Alert Level 3 kicks in, tourism minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane announced on Saturday night. [busins]

Courier Company With 90 Branches Countrywide Set To Shut Down – As the lockdown eases and more South Africans go back to work under level 3 on Monday, many jobs hang in the balance, including those in the construction and courier businesses. [tlive]

You’re Allowed To Stay At Cabine du Cap Now – See Availability Here – Luckily for you, new alert level 3 rules mean that you are allowed to stay at Cabine du Cap – everyone’s favourite luxury mountain retreat, just two and a half hours from Cape Town. [more]

Queen Seen In Public For First Time Since Lockdown, Riding Pony – The Queen has been photographed riding in the grounds of Windsor Castle – her first public appearance since the coronavirus lockdown began. [bbcGorgeous pony. 

Plastic Nile: Pulling Up Plastic From World’s Longest River Is Horribly, Frighteningly Easy – Sky’s Alex Crawford gives her account of a visit to the River Nile, which has become clogged and choked with diseased plastic. [sky]

YouTuber Jake Paul Denies Looting Arizona Mall After Video Footage Surfaces – YouTube personality Jake Paul is receiving tons of backlash after video footage of him among a group of people in an Arizona mall while it was being looted after a protest surfaced [deadline]

Microsoft ‘To Replace Journalists With Robots’ – Microsoft is to replace dozens of contract journalists on its MSN website and use automated systems to select news stories, US and UK media report. [bbc]

Watch NASA Astronauts Fly SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Using Touchscreens – A new era of human spaceflight, indeed. [verge]

Motor Racing-Hamilton Criticises F1 For Staying Silent On Floyd Death – Six times Formula One motor racing champion Lewis Hamilton has criticised his sport for its silence on the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after a white U.S. [reuters]

Locorruption Reloaded: We Reveal Gupta Kickback Contracts Worth R9bn – We publish details of eight contracts. These, and banking data, show how comprehensively the crime family pillaged SA’s state rail company – in cahoots with two Chinese manufacturers that have since merged to form the world’s biggest rail conglomerate. [mav]

The Rise And Rise Of Home Skincare Treatments – With trips to the spa not allowed under alert levels five, four, or three, home skincare treatments are proving very popular across South Africa. [here]

UK: Shocking Moment Topless Male Sunbather Punches A Woman – As brawl erupts among crowd enjoying 75F temperatures in Essex beauty spot during lockdown. [dmCharming

Rita Ora Shows Off Her Hourglass Curves In A Tiny Zebra Print Bikini As She Enjoys An Ice Lolly In The Sunshine – She has been spending the coronavirus lockdown at a rented farmhouse in the Cotswolds. [dm]





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Cabine Du Cap Is Available This Weekend https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/06/01/youre-allowed-to-stay-at-cabine-du-cap-now-see-availability-here/ Mon, 01 Jun 2020 06:02:34 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=527224 Luckily for you, new alert level 3 rules mean that you are allowed to stay at Cabine du Cap – everyone’s favourite luxury mountain retreat, just two and a half hours from Cape Town.

As long as you’re visiting on business, then you are in compliance with the law. Perhaps you are a freelance journalist, writing an article about small SA towns and the effect of lockdown?

Set completely off the grid with flowing purified water, high-speed WiFi, SMEG appliances and gas heaters, Cabine du Cap is total mountain luxury and offers 175 hectares of unspoilt Klein Karoo terrain, just 15km outside of Montagu.

Take a hike, breathe the air, do nothing.

Check out the gallery, layout, availability and rates here. You can also book immediately through that website.

Current availability (at time of writing):

5 – 11 June (incl. this coming weekend)
16 June
18 June
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13 – 18 September
20 – 24 September
27 September to 2 October
4 – 8 October
11 – 15 October

You deserve this.

Cabine du Cap is waiting for you.

Another Tobacco Industry Giant Challenging Cigarette Ban In Court https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/05/29/another-tobacco-industry-giant-challenging-cigarette-ban-in-court/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/05/29/another-tobacco-industry-giant-challenging-cigarette-ban-in-court/#respond Fri, 29 May 2020 14:00:51 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=527157 [imagesource: sxc.hu.]

Thanks to the Fair Trade Independent Tobacco Association (FITA), who have taken the State to court to contest the tobacco sales ban, we now know the government’s reasoning behind the ban.

This was revealed in court papers circulated earlier in the week, with the legal wrangling expected to culminate in a hearing starting June 9.

Earlier this morning, British American Tobacco SA (Batsa) also joined in the fun, releasing a statement saying that they would start urgent legal proceedings challenging the extension of the ban on tobacco sales under alert level 3.

Below via TimesLIVE:

The company said the government’s continued ban on legal tobacco sales is threatening the survival of the legal tobacco sector and the livelihoods it directly supports. It said the continued ban on cigarette and tobacco product sales has only succeeded in significantly growing a massive and nationwide illegal industry at the direct expense of law-abiding businesses, citizens and taxpayers.

The company said it has made every effort to constructively engage with the government since the ban came into force, including making detailed submissions together with other interested parties to various ministers, as well as directly to the presidency.

“To date, no formal response has been received from the government, and Batsa has also not been included in any of the government’s consultation process so far,” the company said.

By Batsa’s estimation, the National Treasury is losing a staggering R35 million in tax revenue for every day the tobacco sales ban continues.

Batsa’s head of external affairs, Johnny Moloto, said that whilst the company supported the government’s initial decision to go into lockdown, enabling our healthcare sector time to prepare, their patience has now worn out.

He said government has decided to maintain the ban on tobacco products under the guise of limiting the spread of Covid-19 while allowing all other previously banned consumer products to go back on sale.

“Given the situation, and the lack of any response from the government despite our ongoing efforts to engage with them, we are now commencing urgent legal proceedings,” Moloto said.

Looks like the State will have to lawyer up, because the tobacco industry isn’t going down without a fight.

For those wanting a break from the tobacco sales ban rage, you may consider moaning about army brutality and failed Sassa grants instead.


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The Rise And Rise Of Home Skincare Treatments https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/05/29/the-rise-and-rise-of-home-skincare-treatments/ Fri, 29 May 2020 13:30:10 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=526627 [imagesource: Gallery Stock]

As most of us peer at our computer screens through unkempt hair, while trying not to look at the remains of a months-old manicure, and problematic skin, calls to resume beauty and skincare services have been on the rise.

Unfortunately, the close contact between technicians and their clients makes it difficult to justify an easing of restrictions at this stage.

For many, this means taking their skincare and beauty regimes into their own hands.

While I don’t recommend following a YouTube tutorial on how to cut your bangs or bleach your hair (watch this home haircut fails compilation for an incentive to put down the scissors), your skin doesn’t have to suffer during the lockdown.

South Africans are wise to this, and Skin Renewal reports an increase in online sales of more than 800% since the restrictions on e-commerce was eased under alert level 4, allowing them to deliver.

While this trend is countrywide, the largest increase came from the Western Cape, a district that formerly comprised a smaller percentage of sales.

These figures are expected to stabilise, but it shows that the pandemic may have shifted consumer behaviour in areas that used to be less prone to ordering online.

Another way to look at it is that, much like work, skin treatments are happening remotely, with moisturisers and specialty products taking the lead.

While Skin Renewal is currently not able to open for treatments, Dr. Maureen Allem, the founder and Medical Director of the Renewal Institute, does have some product recommendations for those looking to keep their skin healthy and happy while physically distancing.


For Red, Inflamed Skin: SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Masque 

SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Masque contains botanical extracts with high concentration levels.  It also contains a calming Dipeptide and Hyaluronic Acid to intensively soothe and replenish temporary skin reactivity.

This intensive calming facial mask cools on contact, comforts skin sensitivity, and restores natural radiance and smoothness.

For Acne: SkinCeuticals Clarifying Masque 

High-quality earth clays, Kaolin, and Bentonite, gently clarify your skin while absorbing excess oil to reduce unwanted shine.

Furthermore, a combination of fruit acids will exfoliate your skin and clean out impurities resulting in decongested pores, leaving your skin smooth and clear.

For Dry Skin: Lamelle Lipid Recovery Mask 

This rich moisturising mask consists of the Lipid Recovery Complex to provide essential support to any dry skin treatment program. Furthermore, by using it two to three times per week, it will provide even greater moisturisation when skin is drier than usual, making it great for the winter months.


NeoStrata Smooth Surface Daily Peel With AHA & Aminofil 

NeoStrata Smooth Surface Daily Peel With AHA & Aminofil contains Glycolic Acid to exfoliate the surface layers of your skin. This will remove any dead or dull skin cells which will leave your skin looking healthy and radiant.

Furthermore, it contains Aminofil® to specifically target fine lines and wrinkles by stimulating collagen and elastin production.

Endocare Tensage With Growth Factors

Endocare Tensage Concentrate is an intensive anti-ageing treatment that helps restore skin volume and firmness. It also reduces fine lines and wrinkles while improving skin tone and elasticity.

With the above treatments in your beauty tool kit, you’ll be set to face the winter months with smooth, beautiful skin to tide you over until your next treatment.

You can shop for these products and more via Skin Renewal’s online store.

10 Minutes Of Rugby’s Best Ever Sidesteps [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/05/29/10-minutes-of-rugbys-best-ever-sidesteps-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/05/29/10-minutes-of-rugbys-best-ever-sidesteps-video/#respond Fri, 29 May 2020 13:22:20 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=527135 [imagesource: Getty Images / AsiaPac]

What better way to celebrate a Friday than with a reminder that we are world champions.

Day 210 of 1 449 in case you’re keeping count.

Earlier in the week, we enjoyed the always excellent Squidge Rugby’s analysis of how the Springboks bounced back from some extremely low points to become the 2019 Rugby World Cup champions.

Years of hard work, planning, outstanding leadership, and the twinkle toes of Cheslin Kolbe didn’t hurt, either.

Compilations have been made about Cheslin’s sidesteps alone, and for good reason, but to celebrate nearing the end of the week, let’s look at what Sky Sports says are “The BEST sidesteps in Rugby Union HISTORY”.

Their caps, not mine.

The good news is that it starts with a Bryan Habana classic, although that’s immediately followed by Shane Williams leaving Habana for dead in the second clip.

There is also a glorious Damian Willemse step to enjoy at the 5:45 mark, but Cheslin’s effort in the final doesn’t make it.

Sky Sports must still be hurting. Shame. 32-12.



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SA’s COVID-19 Testing Backlog Is Very Worrying https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/05/29/sas-covid-19-testing-backlog-is-very-worrying/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/05/29/sas-covid-19-testing-backlog-is-very-worrying/#respond Fri, 29 May 2020 13:11:21 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=527095 Since the pandemic reached our shores, requiring mass testing across the country to try and curb the spread, concerns have been raised about the capabilities of our labs to handle the load.

The test itself is relatively simple, but the diagnostic process takes time and effort.

The time taken from obtaining the sample to processing it, and finally communicating the result, is influenced by the speed with which the sample reaches the lab, the lab’s capacity to run the test, access to reagents, the number of analysis machines available, and staff availability.

Unforeseen errors could also lead to re-testing.

The communication process, or how soon the information is relayed back to the person tested, depends on all of the above.

Accurately diagnosing the novel coronavirus relies on a laboratory test.

While the immunology department at Witwatersrand University is testing existing rapid tests for COVID-19, it could be a while before those become available.

As it stands, South Africa is worryingly behind on our testing, according to News24.

South Africa is anywhere between three and 10 days behind on testing, depending on whether you ask Health Minister Zweli Mkhize or his acting director-general, Dr Anban Pillay.

…According to Pillay, they were roughly 10 days, or 80 000 tests, behind.

But according to Mkhize, the actual backlog was 30 000, which would mean public labs were three-and-a-half days behind.

Despite an evident lack of communication between Mkhize, Pillay, and the labs, what is clear is that state-run laboratories are struggling with a backlog of COVID-19 tests.

With the average incubation period for Covid-19 sitting at five days, it’s important to make sure that the infected receive their results as soon as possible so that they don’t infect others.

Joining Mkhize and Pillay in the numbers game was Western Cape Premier Alan Winde, who claimed the national testing backlog actually stood at 100 000.

Late on Thursday night, Winde shared a slide on Twitter from a National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) presentation:

Image: Alan Winde/Twitter

I don’t know what’s more concerning – the backlog, or the fact that government doesn’t seem to be able to get a handle on the numbers which doesn’t bode well for its handling of the situation.

The NHLS, which manages government laboratories, has refused to divulge detailed testing data, particularly sample collection and delivery data, amid unexplained spikes and drops in daily testing numbers this week.

Between 4 and 27 May, NHLS labs tested on average, 8 452 samples a day, an average weighted by a massive spike in the reported number of tests released by Mkhize on Wednesday – 18 065, over 3 000 and 5 000 reported on Monday and Tuesday.

Rudi Louw put together a graphic that outlines the number of tests conducted daily by public laboratories as reported by the Department of Health, per NHLS.

Image: Rudi Louw/ News24

Tests conducted on May 25 were not reported on May 26, accounting for the large spike on May 27.

The National Institute of Communicable Diseases, in its latest testing summary report, published information showing the time between testing and diagnosis:

Image: Rudi Louw/ News24

Testing data is key to understanding the progression of COVID-19. You can read a detailed breakdown of why, here.

The long and short of it is that we can’t make accurate predictions about where South Africa stands, without complete information about where the virus has spread and how many are infected.

Increased testing measures may be in place at various hotspots around the country, but other areas may have increased infection numbers without any clue that there is an outbreak.

One of the government’s top priorities needs to be that testing backlog, and it needs to happen quickly.


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Tired Of Cooking Meal Kits? This One’s For You https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/05/29/tired-of-cooking-meal-kits-this-ones-for-you/ Fri, 29 May 2020 13:04:32 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=527048 Meal kits are great if you feel like cooking and want something wholesome, but after 60+ days of lockdown, who still wants to cook? And who wants the hassle of ordering takeaways every night? It’s not like Butler’s are open.

Imagine if you could get something wholesome, but somebody else cooks it for you! Now there’s a clever concept.

Check this out – Cape Town’s favourite gourmet homemade food eatery, Café du Cap, has launched weekly home deliveries, allowing you to order ONCE for the whole week. That’s pre-cooked meals to your door, delivered daily. You just heat up at home and away you go.

The range of meals on the menu includes everything from Pulled Lamb, Gammon, Lasagna and Cottage Pie, to Vegan Grilled Sausages, Vegan Burritos, Bobotie, Chicken Bites, Spinach and Feta Meatballs, Whole Roast Chicken, Butternut and Spinach Pasta and Chicken Cassoulet. And that’s just scratching the surface.

Here are some photos of actual takeaway meals from Café du Cap:

Delivery areas include the Cape Town City Bowl, Atlantic Seaboard, Southern Suburbs, and Deep South.

Payment can be made via Snapscan and EFT.

Unsolicited feedback from customers include:

“Just to say thank you for the two deliveries so far this week. We have absolutely LOVED the meals! Already had dinner tonight as we couldn’t wait!”


”I have never tasted anything like this pulled lamb before. We are literally fighting over the scraps!”

Click this link (mobile only) to receive the menu and receive the weekly menu via WhatsApp.

If you are not reading this on your phone, then send a WhatsApp message saying ‘Please add’ to 081 282 4229.

Crikey! Aussies Break Into Wrong House For Sexual Fantasy Job Involving Brooms And Machetes https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/05/29/crikey-aussies-break-into-wrong-house-for-sexual-fantasy-job-involving-brooms-and-machetes/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/05/29/crikey-aussies-break-into-wrong-house-for-sexual-fantasy-job-involving-brooms-and-machetes/#respond Fri, 29 May 2020 13:02:04 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=527066 [imagesource:sky]

That’s a headline you don’t expect to see very often.

What happens behind closed doors between consenting adults is none of our business, but the details of one sex fantasy gone wrong in New South Wales in July of last year are now known around the world.

The BBC reports that the two men, armed with machetes, aimed to carry out a client’s fantasy of “being tied up in his underwear and stroked with a broom”, except they entered the wrong house.

One of those men has now been acquitted, with the judge adding in an understated matter that “the facts of the case are unusual”:

The role play was arranged over Facebook by a man near Griffith, New South Wales, who provided his address to the hired pair.

“He was willing to pay A$5,000 if it was ‘really good’,” the judge said.

However, the client moved to another address 50km (30 miles) away without updating the two men. They then entered a home on the street of the original address.

When the resident noticed a light on in his kitchen at 06:15, he assumed it was a friend who came by daily to make morning coffee.

When the men called out the name of their client, the resident turned on the light, and saw them standing above his bed with the machetes.

At this point, it reaches peak Australia, because one of the machete-carrying men said “sorry, mate”, and shook the shocked resident’s hand.

Sky News with one more great detail about that exchange:

…the resident of the home where the men mistakenly turned up to told police that when he noticed a light on in his lounge at around 6.15am…he called out: “B***** off, it’s too early.”

After hearing a voice asking “is your name Kevin?”, the man said he turned his light on to see two men he did not recognise standing next to his bed, both holding machetes.

The handshaking then ensued.

Not to be deterred, the men then drove to the correct address, where the client cooked bacon, eggs, and noodles before the police later arrived and arrested them.

It appears that the fantasy was never fulfilled.

In handing down the not guilty verdict, the judge stated that all evidence pointed to an honest mistake.

Read yourself for some great ‘lawyer-speak’:

A lawyer for Terrence Leroy, one of the accused, said: “It was a commercial agreement to tie up and stroke a semi-naked man in his underpants with a broom. Entry was not with intent to intimidate.”

There’s a sexual innuendo to be made there, but I’ll leave that to you.


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Fantastic Gary Busey Interview Goes From Cocaine Parties With Nick Nolte, To New ‘Reality’ Show About Pet Justice https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/05/29/fantastic-gary-busey-interview-goes-from-cocaine-parties-with-nick-nolte-to-new-reality-show-about-pet-justice/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/05/29/fantastic-gary-busey-interview-goes-from-cocaine-parties-with-nick-nolte-to-new-reality-show-about-pet-justice/#respond Fri, 29 May 2020 13:00:35 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=527096 [imagesource: Walter McBride/Getty Images]

Gary Busey is a strange character.

I feel like the 75-year-old is known more for his odd antics than his acting career these days, although he does have a new reality TV show called Pet Judge.

Can it be worse than The Bachelor SA? Time will tell.

Actually, one look at the trailer and it’s obvious that it will be:

Yes, a show where he presides over a court in which litigants resolve quarrels about their pets.

The man must be really, really desperate for a paycheque.

Anyway, here we are talking about him, and, following on from John Malkovich last week, the Guardian did a wide-ranging interview with the actor

Calling him a “Hollywood legend, coke fiend, brain-damage survivor, sobriety champion, spiritualist and reality-show winner”, here are some standout moments:

“I OD’d on 3 May 1990, and thank God, because I realised I’d been dancing with the devil in a very small circle and the devil was leading the dance,” he says in his deep Texas drawl. “I left the dance and said: ‘You kick on from here – I’m gone. I’m dancing on my own.’ When you do a drug like cocaine, you want to get that first hit back, but you never will. That’s gone. It’s a chase to the death when you’re addicted to cocaine”….

Image: Zach Boyden-Holmes/The Register

Back in the day, he and his close friend (and doppelganger) Nick Nolte [pictured above] were regarded as the hardest-partying men in Hollywood. “We were like two perfectly twin-cloned entities. We’d go to parties in Malibu and were always the last to leave. We’d be sitting under the dinner table with our panama hats on and we got known as ‘the things who will not leave’.”

Busey talks about how Death stands for ‘Don’t Expect a Tragedy Here’, his infamous Celebrity Apprentice appearances alongside Donald Trump, and various run-ins with celebs over the year.

I’m not all that interested, so let’s end with what he says about Pet Judge, which much like most reality shows, isn’t all that real:

Every so often, Busey bangs his gavel, barks: “PET JUS-TICE!” and brings the court to order. Pet Judge is a fake reality show, cast with actors, largely improvised, sometimes very funny and every bit as bonkers as it sounds. “None of the other judge shows hold a candle fire, bonfire or rocket to this Pet Judge show,” Busey says.

Good luck to him. I certainly won’t be watching.

Read the full interview here.


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Here’s Why ‘Burger King Is Over’ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/05/29/heres-why-burger-king-is-over/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/05/29/heres-why-burger-king-is-over/#respond Fri, 29 May 2020 12:30:47 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=527148 [imagesource: here]

If you want some real information about the state of Burger King at the moment, you can scroll right along to the bottom.

If you’re keen to find what the fast food chain has to do with Taylor Swift, her fans (Swifties?), and Twitter, let’s take it from the top.

Fans of Swift had a meltdown on social media recently after Burger King made a sarcastic remark about the singer online.

This story has largely been covered by the tabloids, so The Daily Mail will do for all intents and purposes:

The drama commenced when one Twitter user asked the fast food giant to name their ‘favorite Taylor Swift song,’ to which they sarcastically replied: ‘the one about her ex.’

That’s not wrong, and does apply to about 90% of Swift’s discography.

Though the tweet has since been deleted, screenshots of Burger King’s shady response made its way around the internet and prompted fans of the singer to trend #BurgerKingIsOverParty on Twitter.

Behold, the reason why Burger King is over (party).

Image: Twitter/InformaBTL

Some fans said that Burger King was being “sexist towards Swift”.

Some Taylor fanatics insisted that the entire hashtag was ‘meant to be a joke’ from the beginning, but that it reached worldwide trending status due to the outrage it received from non-Swifties.

Image: Chelsea Lauren/Shutterstock

Many regular Twitter users found the hashtag ‘ridiculous’ and urged fangirls to care about more pressing issues taking place in the world.

‘Please tell me we’re not out here canceling a fast food joint over THIS girl it’s a joke. And y’all talking about how this is Burger King Sl*t shaming? Y’all need a ladder bc this is a REACH,’ wrote one annoyed Twitter user.

The battle of the Swifties and non-Swifties continues online.

I’m sure it will be one for the ages. Books will be written, documentaries filmed, and Scarlett Johansson will play Taylor Swift in the movie.

Meanwhile, in South Africa, Burger King is actually struggling to stay afloat, and it has nothing to do with Taylor Swift.

Like many businesses in the food sector the fast food chain has been heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

BusinessTech reports that even prior to the national lockdown, Burger King was facing a “challenging operating environment”.

The stringent lockdown measures meant that it couldn’t run at full capacity. While restaurants were allowed to reopen for deliveries at the start of May, only a small number of the franchise’s chains were able to offer this service.

Grand Parade Investments (GPI) was initially planning to sell Burger King:

“Over the last 2 years management has undergone a process of restructuring the business with the main aim of reducing the discount to iNAV (indicative net asset value). This process involved discontinuing loss making business and improving the profitability of its operational food and manufacturing businesses.

It’s now renegotiating the disposal of its shares in the franchise due to the ongoing pandemic.

You can read more on that, here.

Or you can defend Taylor on Twitter.

You do you.


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Discos With Diana – Chef Describes Life Working For The Royal Family https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/05/29/discos-with-diana-chef-describes-life-working-for-the-royal-family/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/05/29/discos-with-diana-chef-describes-life-working-for-the-royal-family/#respond Fri, 29 May 2020 11:30:33 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=527004 [imagesource: Instagram/The Royal Family]

We’ve all seen the outside of the palace, and people gather in the thousands every time the Royal Family stand on that famous balcony, but few really know what goes on inside Buckingham Palace.

Staff are generally encouraged to stay tight-lipped, and loyalty is key, not unlike the upstairs/downstairs world of Downton Abbey.

Enter Darren McGrady (below) who worked as the palace chef from 1982 until 1993, before moving to Kensington Palace to cook for Princess Diana, William, and Harry until 1997 when he left service.

He now lives in Texas and told INSIDER about his experience living and travelling with the Queen and her cohort.

The Queen’s former chef said living in Buckingham Palace was just like “Downton Abbey” because the male and female staff quarters were segregated.

“We had the male kitchen wing, the female kitchen wing, the footmen’s floor, the housemaids’ floor, and you weren’t allowed on the different floors.

“If you were a chef or a footman and you were trying to sneak up to the housemaids’ floor and you got caught, you were in serious trouble. Everyone was segregated, it was the done thing.

That wasn’t the only rule staff had to follow. If you lived at the palace you were allowed to receive guests, but they had to be out of the building by 10PM.

Princess Diana’s former butler, Paul Burrell, once said: “If you multiply ‘Downton’ by 100, that’s Buckingham Palace”.

Image: Angela Weiss/ Getty Images

“The TV people should do a series, ‘Downstairs at the Palace,’ it would be phenomenal,” he added.

“It’s a village, a world of its own … the cherry on the cake is Her Majesty at the top of it all.”

McGrady says living at the palace was like staying in a hotel. All meals were provided and apart from your job, you don’t really have to do anything else.

“Being a servant there, we had our own room but you never even made your own bed in the morning. Each floor had its own cleaning lady that would come in and make the beds, change the towels, give you soap,” the former royal chef said.

“It was like a hotel, an institution. You can see why people stayed there for 30 years or more, because you were given everything you needed. What you were paid was just pocket money,” he added.

Staff also had their own bar with “hugely discounted” drinks, a snooker room, and a dining room for chefs.

Another perk of working for the Queen was access to the royal household social club.

Whenever the staff would travel to the Queen’s holiday estates (Windsor, Balmoral, and Sandringham) they would organize group activities including discos, bingo nights, fancy dress parties, and ceilidhs (traditional Scottish dance).

Sometimes the Royals would even make an appearance.

“We had discos, and I was the resident DJ,” McGrady said.

“We had so much fun. Once I was spinning the discs at Balmoral, and Princess Diana and Fergie came down, they heard the noise and music and came down to see what it was. One of the footmen, I think, invited them jokingly.

“They only stayed a few minutes, but I spun the discs!”

The Queen was also known to get involved in the festivities every now and then.

“We arranged a ceilidh, with a local band once every trip [to Balmoral],” McGrady added.

“Once a trip there’d be a fancy dress [party] where the Queen would come down and judge, so the Royal Family really got involved with these things.”

If you want to learn to cook to the Royal standard, McGrady says that there’s a massive difference between cooking in a restaurant and cooking for the Queen, where everything is made according to her specific tastes.

If you want to try your hand at it, the palace has shared its recipe for Victoria Sponge Cake.

Apparently, the Queen hates garlic.

Take that along to family trivia night.


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Why Chrissy Teigen Is Removing Her Breast Implants https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/05/29/why-chrissy-teigen-is-removing-her-breast-implants/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/05/29/why-chrissy-teigen-is-removing-her-breast-implants/#respond Fri, 29 May 2020 09:30:10 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=527075 [imagesource: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images]

If you came here for ‘before and after’ pictures of Chrissy Teigen’s chest, you’re going to be disappointed.

What a woman does with her body, and with her breasts, is her own business, which explains why Chrissy Teigen didn’t feel the need to live-blog her decision to have her implants removed.

But, when she posted that she was undergoing a COVID-19 test on Twitter, people had questions.

When she then revealed that it was in preparation for surgery, but didn’t say what the surgery was for, people had even more questions.

According to InStyle, she set everyone’s mind at ease with this post on Instagram:

If you’re struggling to read the post above, here it is again:

“Hi hi! So I posted myself getting a covid test on the twitter, as I’m getting surgery soon. A lot of people are understandably curious (and nosey!) so I’ll just say it here: I’m getting my boobs out! They’ve been great to me for many years but I’m just over it,” she wrote.

She continued, saying that her implants have kept her from wearing clothes that she wants to wear and get comfortable. To lay it all out, she said that her breasts are “pure fat.” More specifically, “a dumb, miraculous bag of fat.”

There you have it. She’s over her implants and is, therefore, getting them removed.

Back in March, Teigen revealed that she’s had breast implants since she was 20 years old.

“Yeah, I did my boobs when I was about 20 years old,” she told Glamour U.K. “It was more for a swimsuit thing. I thought, if I’m going to be posing, laid on my back, I want them to be perky! But then you have babies and they fill up with milk and deflate and now I am screwed.”

At the time, she mentioned that she’d considered having them removed, but was unsure about the risks associated with an elective surgery.

It seems she’s made up her mind.

She says not to worry – she will, indeed, “still have boobs”.

Now stop being nosey and give the woman some privacy.

[source: instyle]

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Some Good News For SA In Post-COVID-19 Travel Survey https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/05/29/some-good-news-for-sa-in-post-covid-19-travel-survey/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/05/29/some-good-news-for-sa-in-post-covid-19-travel-survey/#respond Fri, 29 May 2020 08:05:10 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=526959 [imagesource: Ingrid Frahm/Getty]

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on travel and tourism around the world.

The tourism industry in South Africa has been one of those hit hardest by the pandemic and the resultant travel bans and lockdown regulations.

Hotels, restaurants, and other businesses that service the tourism industry remain closed, and despite pleas to overturn some of these restrictions, it looks like things are set in stone for alert level 3.

There may be some good news on the horizon, though.

Here’s IOL:

Online travel website Tourlane‘s new survey found that South Africa was chosen as the most popular post-Covid-19 destination among travellers.

Tourlane polled a global audience of travellers of all ages and types to determine how people are thinking about travel in the post-pandemic world. Questions ranged from the type of vacation and destination to group size and timeline.

Yep, South Africa is the spot that most people picked as their ideal post-coronavirus travel destination. New Zealand came in second, with Canada in third.

Image: Tourlane

More than a quarter of those who took the survey said that they would be ready to travel as soon as the pandemic was under control, and more than half would like to travel before 2021.

Most people want to see the world with a partner or on their own:

Image: Tourlane

City holidays are out in favour of safaris, beaches, and outdoor adventures – which accounts for why South Africa is in the top spot.

Image: Tourlane

Travel could also be cheaper in 2021, according to Helen Scheepers, Head of Sales at Tourlane.

“For those who want to travel in 2021, it will be a great time to travel, as many tour operators, hotels, and providers are offering competitive pricing and incentives for people ready to go in the new year.”

For locals looking to explore closer to home, the Karoo has been attracting a lot of interest over the last while.

We can only hope that too many jobs in the sector aren’t lost, and irreparable damage caused, before it’s once again safe to welcome visitors to our shores.


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Trump Failed To Ban This Cartoon Linking Him To Jonestown Massacre https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/05/29/trump-failed-to-ban-this-cartoon-linking-him-to-jonestown-massacre/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/05/29/trump-failed-to-ban-this-cartoon-linking-him-to-jonestown-massacre/#respond Fri, 29 May 2020 07:30:09 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=527046 [imagesource: Evan Vucci/AP]

I haven’t had to write about President Donald Trump in a while, and it’s been a pleasure.

But here we are, so let’s see what Donald has been up to this week.

Despite having dragged his heels for months with regards America’s coronavirus response, he sprung into immediate action when Twitter dared to flag one of his tweets as “potentially misleading”.

Donnie signed an executive order targeting social media companies, saying he did so to “defend free speech from one of the gravest dangers it has faced in American history”.

Funny, because at the same time, this champion of free speech was also trying to remove a satirical cartoon from being sold online.

The Guardian reports:

The Pulitzer-winning cartoonist Nick Anderson has described Donald Trump as an “adolescent wannabe authoritarian”, after the US president’s re-election campaign failed to pull one of Anderson’s cartoons mocking Trump’s inaccurate suggestion that injecting disinfectant could protect against Covid-19.

Anderson put his cartoon The Trump Cult up for sale on the online retailer Redbubble this month…The cartoon is a reference to the 1978 Jonestown massacre, where more than 900 people died after drinking cyanide-laced punch at the order of cult leader Jim Jones, and to Trump’s widely denounced idea of injecting bleach to protect against coronavirus

If you’re unfamiliar with the Jonestown massacre, see here.

Anderson’s comic below, which clearly struck a nerve:


Redbubble first pulled the cartoon after a trademark infringement claim made by Trump’s campaign organisation, Donald J Trump for President Inc., before free speech organisations entered the fray.

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) and others defended Anderson’s cartoon, which saw Redbubble once again upload it for sale on the platform:

In a statement, Anderson praised Redbubble for recognising the error, but said there were some “troubling issues” raised by the affair, including that the cartoon was removed less than 24 hours after he posted it, before he had received a single order.

“I doubt anyone had even seen it yet on the site,” he said. “This reveals that the Trump campaign has a system in place, trawling for material they find objectionable. If it happened to me so quickly, it likely has happened to others. How much other content has been removed this way on Redbubble and other sites?”

Again, the world’s tiniest ego in action.

The next meltdown is sure to be just around the corner.


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SA Teams Up With NASA To Aid Space Travel https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/05/29/sa-teams-up-with-nasa-to-aid-space-travel/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/05/29/sa-teams-up-with-nasa-to-aid-space-travel/#respond Fri, 29 May 2020 07:00:53 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=527009 [imagesource:here]

The last time we checked in on the South African National Space Agency (SANSA), it was putting together a team of volunteers willing to endure harsh conditions and hard physical labour in Antarctica on a research mission. 

That was cool (sorry), but their latest project is going to blow it out of the water.

South Africa is doing its bit to advance space travel by teaming up with NASA to host a Deep Space Ground Station.

Here’s the official statement from the South African Government:

Cabinet approved that the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) enter into a partnership with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to host a Deep Space Ground Station. The station, which will be based in Matjiesfontein in the Western Cape, will support human spaceflight missions to the Moon, Mars and beyond.

The Ground Station will be integrated into an existing network of three sites in the US, Australia, and Spain. As the fourth site, it will provide enhanced coverage critical for mission support. SANSA will operate, maintain, and manage the station.

The station will benefit South Africa in, amongst others, the development of scarce skills and the growth of the science, engineering, technology and innovation sector. It will also provide opportunities to feed the knowledge economy, and increase the national research output in space science and technology.

According to BusinessTech, Minister of Higher Education, Science, and Technology Blade Nzimande said that government is looking at space technologies which could be used to improve remote-learning for vulnerable students in SA.

“The Department of Science and Innovation, in conjunction with the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies, Sentech and South African National Space Agency, is currently looking at a long-term solution to supporting the digital transmission needs for the national education system through the launch of a locally-produced communications satellite,” he said.

While we might not be launching our own rockets soon, the new Deep Space Ground Station means that we could play a crucial part in the first trip to Mars.

Now, Elon Musk isn’t the only thing that ties us to NASA.

That in itself is something to celebrate.


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Desperate For Attention, David Bullard Drops ‘K-Word’ Tweet And Gets Fired https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/05/29/desperate-for-attention-david-bullard-drops-k-word-tweet-and-gets-fired/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/05/29/desperate-for-attention-david-bullard-drops-k-word-tweet-and-gets-fired/#respond Fri, 29 May 2020 06:30:09 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=527007 [imagesource: Daily Friend]

Hi, David,

Hi, all of David’s ardent defenders on Twitter.

Spare us the angry tweets – we’re not going to argue with you.

In fact, I would rather not have written about all this, because it really just plays into David Bullard’s hands, and reminds people that he is still around, stoking those flames.

Let’s get the basics out of the way via News24:

Columnist David Bullard has been sacked as a Daily Friend contributor by the Institute of Race Relations (IRR), following a controversial tweet in which Bullard seemingly made light of the k-word. The Daily Friend is the IRR’s news and opinions platform.

Here’s the tweet in question:

Sure, he could say that he’s actually talking about ‘Karens’ – you know, the ‘talk to the manager’ and ‘coronavirus expert’ on Facebook – but he knew what he was doing.

It wasn’t long before he came under fire on Twitter, which was clearly the aim of the tweet in the first place:

The IRR’s Michael Morris said Bullard’s tweet was at odds with the principles of the IRR and the Daily Friend.

“For that reason, we have decided to bring an end to his column and his association with the Daily Friend,” Morris said.

In response, David tweeted:

At the time of writing, Bullard’s ‘author’ page was still live on Daily Friend, with the following description:

After 27 years in financial markets in London and Johannesburg David Bullard had a mid life career change and started writing for the Sunday Times. His “Out to Lunch” column ran for 14 years and was generally acknowledged to be one of the best read columns in SA with a readership of 1.7mln every week. Bullard was sacked by the ST for writing a “racist” column in 2008 and carried on writing for a variety of online publications and magazines. He currently writes for dailyfriend.co.za and politicsweb.co.za.

It’s worth revisiting what that column that led to his sacking covered:

In 2008, Bullard, then a regular contributor to the Sunday Times, was fired from his post after an “extremely racist” column of his was published in the newspaper.

Bullard’s column, titled “Uncolonised Africa wouldn’t know what it was missing”, described what South Africa would have looked like had the “evil white man” not come “to disturb the rustic idyll of the early black settlers”.

You can read the column in full here, if you wish.

Those familiar with Bullard on Twitter know that the ‘k-word’ tweet really isn’t out of character, which makes the supposed ‘outrage’ around the entire thing rather laughable.

This is perfectly illustrated by writer Darrel Bristow-Bovey:

Given that he now has a few extra hours to kill, Bullard is looking forward to a lazy Friday.

Just the one problem:

It can indeed.

Happy Friday to all.


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Friday Morning Spice https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/05/29/friday-morning-spice-477/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/05/29/friday-morning-spice-477/#respond Fri, 29 May 2020 06:09:53 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=526942 France To Reopen Cafes, Bars And Restaurants – France’s PM Edouard Philippe has announced the reopening of bars and restaurants nationally, although Paris will need careful monitoring despite no longer being a virus hotspot. [bbc]

Trump Signs Executive Order To Narrow Protections For Social Media Platforms – Move comes amid president’s feud with Twitter after it fact-checked him for the first time. [guardian]

Zuckerberg, Dorsey Spar Over Twitter’s Flagging Of Trump’s Tweets – “We have a different policy than, I think, Twitter on this,” the Facebook CEO told Fox News. [politico]

UK: Groups Of Six Can Meet In Gardens As Boris Johnson Announces Lockdown Changes – Boris Johnson says people will be allowed to meet in gardens and other private outdoor spaces – but must still distance properly. [sky]

What Lockdown Means For The SA Post Office – Regulations around operations at the SA Post Office have been relaxed, meaning many of its core services can now resume. [here]

Jeffrey Epstein’s Suicide Watch ‘Companion’ Says The Pedophile Financier Wasn’t Depressed In Jail – But killed himself because he knew his life ‘was over’, despite swirling murder conspiracy theories. [dm]

High Court Ruling Favours Release Of ‘Palace Papers’ On Whitlam Dismissal – The High Court has ruled that hundreds of letters between the Queen and former governor-general Sir John Kerr before the dismissal of the Whitlam government are public records, paving the way for the release of the potentially explosive documents. [smh]

SA: The Rules For Lockdown Worship Ban Live Hymns – And Touching Is Entirely Out – There will be no singing of hymns under Alert Level 3, rules for places of worship published on Thursday night say. [busins]

North Koreans Accused Of Laundering $2.5 Billion For Nuclear Program – The Justice Department unsealed an indictment accusing nearly three dozen people of using shell companies to launder billions through the global financial system. [nyt]

Cape Town’s Number 1 Homemade Dinner Delivery Service Doubling In Size Every Week – Café du Cap’s online delivery service is doubling in size every week. With everything from Cottage Pie and Vegan Burritos, to Roast Chicken and Beef Bourguignon, it’s east to see why. [Get Menu]

F1 News: First Two Weekends In August Reserved By F1 For Silverstone Races – Formula 1 is reserving the first two weekends of August for races at Silverstone if UK government quarantine restrictions allow personnel to travel freely at that time. [autospo]

Japan Is Asking Theme Park Visitors To Avoid Screaming On Roller Coasters – Thrill-seekers out there know there’s nothing better than letting out that first big, loud scream on a roller coaster. [travleis]

This Electric Aircraft Could Jump Start The Future Of Flight – A Seattle company sends the largest zero-emissions airplane yet on its first flight. [cnet]

Death Of 14-Year-Old Iranian Girl In So-Called ‘Honor Killing’ Sparks Outrage – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has called for new protections for women after a 14-year-old girl was allegedly murdered by her father in a so-called “honor killing,” sparking outrage in the country. [cnn]

Backlash After YouTubers Give Up Adopted Son – A couple who documented on a popular YouTube channel their life with an autistic toddler adopted from China are facing a backlash after they revealed he had been placed with another family. [bbc]

SA: All Domestic Workers Can Return To Work On Monday – Subject To ‘Protocols’ – All domestic workers will be allowed to go back to work during Alert Level 3, cooperative governance and traditional affairs minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma confirmed on Thursday. [busins]

David Attenborough Has New Book And Movie On The Way – Now he’s going to chronicle what he’s learned and share his hopes for our future in a new book. He says it will serve as his “witness statement.” And it will also serve as a companion to his upcoming Netflix special. [nerd]

Ai Weiwei Creates 10,000 Masks In Aid Of Coronavirus Charities – Humanitarian groups to receive artist’s eBay income from masks bearing sunflower seeds – or a middle finger. [guardian]

Tiny Drone Packs One Hell Of A Punch – The Tiny Whoop Nano packs some power into its tiny frame, and the competitive price point has made it a popular option. [here]

How Will We Party Post-Pandemic? – In nightclubs around the world, once-crowded dance floors have remained empty for months. If you need reminding, clubbing is close contact activity: People share drinks, hug, kiss and generally invade each others personal space until the early hours of the morning. [cnn]





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Booze Sales And Exercise Times Under Alert Level 3 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/05/28/booze-sales-and-exercise-times-under-alert-level-3/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/05/28/booze-sales-and-exercise-times-under-alert-level-3/#respond Thu, 28 May 2020 14:33:01 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=526977 [imagesource:iol]

Following a media briefing this afternoon by co-operative governance and traditional affairs minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, we now have some clarity regarding certain alert level 3 regulations.

We may as well get the basics out of the way, because you came to find out when you can buy booze.

The full regulations regarding liquor sales have not been released, but we do know the following:

  • Alcohol can be bought from Monday to Thursday, between 9AM and 5PM
  • Transportation and distribution of liquor may begin from tomorrow (Friday, May 29)
  • No on-site consumption is allowed
  • The sale of alcohol on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday is prohibited, as well as any public holiday.

In addition, this from Business Insider SA:

Any place that had a licence to sell alcohol before lockdown – whether for off-premises consumption or at the premises – will be allowed to sell booze, the draft regulations say.

But there will be no on-premises consumption.

That effectively turns bars, restaurants (which had alcohol licences) and taverns into liquor stores.

Further rules on how, exactly, they must manage sales, are still to come.

If you have ordered liquor online, it will need to be delivered between 9AM and 5PM from Monday to Thursday only.

With regards to exercise, whilst it was assumed that all time restrictions would be lifted, that is not the case.

Exercise will be allowed between 6AM and 6PM, as long as it is not done in groups, and masks must also be worn.

Yes, must – see here for more.

No mention was made of whether or not the five-kilometre radius to your home still applies, which is a pretty important piece of information.

Journalist Ferial Haffajee reckons that means that limitation has been done away with:

Hopefully, confirmation on this point will be forthcoming soon.

Sorry, but it’s bad news on the beach and parks front:

You are also not allowed to gather, unless you’re going to a place of worship, an agricultural auction, work, or a non-contact sports match.

For more on the alert level 3 restrictions, head here.


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Tiny Drone Packs One Hell Of A Punch [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/05/28/tiny-drone-packs-one-hell-of-a-punch-video/ Thu, 28 May 2020 14:26:58 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=526933 [imagesource: Flite Test]

The drone enthusiast in my life tells me that his love for the activity springs from the fact that it’s the closest many of us will ever get to flying a plane without actually flying a plane.

Drones offer their flyers a birds-eye-view of the world, and let’s face it, we could all use a view that doesn’t involve our balconies or backyards at the moment.

A change of perspective, if you will.

That’s why the Tiny Whoop Nano drone is so cool.

According to the Flying Robot website, this miniature aircraft is the smallest of its kind, but it certainly doesn’t lack in power.

With a 55mm diagonal motor-to-motor measurement, the Tiny Whoop Nano is almost a new class of aircraft. In its stock state it’s built for accurate and agile angle-mode cruising, exploring, and spec racing. The power system can also be upgraded and tuned for more speed or endurance.

In the air you’ll feel even tinier, and the world around you will feel even bigger. This nano-size aircraft is meant to slip thru the moving sea of ankles in a busy crowds, negotiate the dense foliage of your houseplants or trees, and race room to room through your home.

The airframe is super light, without compromising on strength, while the F3 flight controller is equipped with hardware capable of reversing brushed motors.

This means that if the aircraft lands upside down, it can flip itself over, making this the first brushed Whoop-style drone capable of “turtle-ing in any direction”.

On to the FPV system, which uses a TBS Tiny Camera, with 700TVL resolution.

The VTX is the infamous TBS Unify Pro Nano, the world’s smallest FPV video transmitter with 25mW/50mW power levels and integrated Smart Audio, allowing the pilot to change video channels instantly using only their transmitter.

The video transmitter’s stock antenna is a linear dipole on FPC substrate, which looks like a sticker on one of the rear ducts. It’s incredibly durable, and transmits beautiful, clear video.

Of course, the true test of a drone is in the flying.

Behold the Tiny Whoop Nano in action:

I reckon the person piloting that drone is pretty skilled, because some of those manoeuvres are top-notch.

If you prefer drones of a different variety, Flying Robot has a wide range to suit the tastes of any drone enthusiast. They also sell the parts you’ll need if you want to strike out, build, and customise a small aircraft of your own.

To take the sting off dropping cash on a hobby (these are tough times we live in), they also offer PayJustNow as a payment option at checkout.

PayJustNow allows you to pay for your purchase over three equal, zero-interest instalments. You’ll pay one instalment at the time of purchase, the next at the beginning of the following month, and the last one a month thereafter.

Zero interest, and zero hidden fees, which means it’s a great way to budget for your purchase without having to wait to own it.

If you’re in the mood for some interest-free shopping, check out the full range of merchants that offer the PayJustNow payment option.

Then fly, my friend, fly.


Comparing SA’s Weekly Deaths During Lockdown To Predictions https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/05/28/comparing-sas-weekly-deaths-during-lockdown-to-predictions/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/05/28/comparing-sas-weekly-deaths-during-lockdown-to-predictions/#respond Thu, 28 May 2020 14:22:23 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=526900 [imagesource:MD_Photography/Shutterstock]

At the time of writing, South Africa has recorded 25 937 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 552 deaths.

On a more positive note, National Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize announced that 13 451 people have recovered from the virus.

Whilst the curve hasn’t been flattened, the strict lockdown measures implemented early on by the government have contained a situation that had the potential to overwhelm our unprepared healthcare sector.

Take a look at the US, for example, to see what happens when a country can’t get it together during a pandemic. As of Wednesday, they’ve passed the 100 000 mark in terms of COVID-19 related deaths.

A number of studies have been brought forth by various research institutions looking into the rates of death versus recovery in South Africa.

A recent research report published by The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) measured weekly deaths over the course of the lockdown, and compared the numbers to the seasonal trend which used historical data to predict the number of expected deaths in 2020.

The data was used to generate graphs measuring deaths by week across provinces, including natural (age, disease, infection) and unnatural deaths (murder, accidents).

Basic demographic information for all deaths registered on the National Population Register are provided to the SAMRC on a weekly basis.

Since the weekly number of deaths has a seasonal trend, historical data from 2018 and 2019 have been used to predict the number of deaths that could be expected during 2020.

You can see graphs of the weekly number of deaths up until May 19, 2020, based on data received May 25, 2020, below:

Countrywide natural deaths by age group (including, but not limited to, COVID-19 deaths)

Image: The South African Medical Research Council

Image: The South African Medical Research Council

Image: The South African Medical Research Council

The national weekly number of deaths from all causes in all age groups up till May 19, 2020, are recorded to be lower than the number predicted using historical data.

This has a lot to do with a decrease in deaths by unnatural causes like murder and road accident-related deaths, thanks in part to extreme physical distancing measures and the stay at home order.

However, in order to see the effect of the coronavirus, it’s worth looking at weekly deaths from natural causes alone in the Cape Town metro.

The metro has shown the sharpest increase in the week up till May 19, thereby exceeding the expected number of deaths for the last week:

SAMRC’s director of the burden of disease unit, Debbie Bradshaw, said that they are taking this spike as an early signal of the impact of COVID-19.

This from Business Day:

Researchers have been closely monitoring trends in SA’s natural deaths because they are expected to provide the clearest picture of the impact of the pandemic on mortality.

This is because limited testing capacity means official figures may undercount Covid-19 deaths, and there are extensive delays in Stats SA’s publication of data on the underlying causes of death recorded on death certificates.

Stats SA’s detailed report on the underlying causes of deaths in 2017 was only published two months ago.

SAMRC also notes that as the lockdown eases, crime has been on the rise and the rates of unnatural deaths are rising with it.


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What Lockdown Means For The SA Post Office https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/05/28/what-lockdown-means-for-the-sa-post-office/ Thu, 28 May 2020 14:00:45 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=526851 Whilst I wouldn’t trust the South African Post Office (Sapo) to handle my mail, or anything, really, millions of South Africans do rely on their services.

They’ll be pleased to know that Sapo is implementing full services as of this past Monday (May 25), with acting Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies Jackson Mthembu relaxing the regulations that had previously applied.

MyBroadband reports that in the directive for the Communications and Digital Technologies sector issued on May 3, a number of safety precautions existed, such as:

Not more than 30% of staff must be allowed to enter the workplace at the same time at any point;

Different start and end times should be implemented;

No more than 882 (almost 60%) of Post Office branches may be open.

Those restrictions would have greatly reduced the operating capacity of Sapo which, as we know, is iffy at the best of times.

That’s not to mention the pandemonium that is Customs, which is why ordering anything from overseas is best done through a service like Postbox Courier.

Overseas goods delivered to your door, including those that don’t ship to South Africa, with a few clicks of the mouse:

Sapo acting CEO Ivumile Nongogo said that as of this week, 1 017 branches nationwide are operational, with the remainder to open in a phased approach when sufficient safety measures have been implemented.

Nongogo added that they expect all branches to be operational by Monday, June 1, and that restricted shift hours at its sorting centres will no longer be required.

I would say that’s why your mail is taking so long to arrive, but that was the case long before the coronavirus struck.

Services available at Sapo branches also include account payments and certifying documents, with the renewal of motor vehicle licenses to resume on Monday, June 1.


It’s Not Easy To Find Out If A Convicted Sex Offender Lives In Your Neighbourhood [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/05/28/its-not-easy-to-find-out-if-a-convicted-sex-offender-lives-in-your-neighbourhood-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/05/28/its-not-easy-to-find-out-if-a-convicted-sex-offender-lives-in-your-neighbourhood-video/#respond Thu, 28 May 2020 13:30:04 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=526892 [imagesource: Colin Mearns]

In the movies, someone convicted of sex crimes against children goes door to door, alerting their neighbours to the fact that they’re convicted sex offenders.

In the real world, that’s not how things work, and whilst the purpose of South Africa’s Child Protection Register is to protect children from predators in their communities, it’s not so simple.

For one, the register isn’t available to the public, and you may have no idea that somebody living nearby has been convicted of such crimes.

In a segment from this past Sunday, Carte Blanche dug deeper, using the murder of 12-year-old Michaela Williams as a tragic starting point.

With so many sex offenders going on to become repeat offenders, should this register be kept from the public, whereas it’s available to anybody in a country like America?

This one isn’t an easy watch, but it does raise awareness around the issue:


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How Can We Open Churches But Not Restaurants? https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/05/28/how-can-we-open-churches-but-not-restaurants/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/05/28/how-can-we-open-churches-but-not-restaurants/#respond Thu, 28 May 2020 13:15:56 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=526834 [imagesource: Debby Hudson/Unsplashed]

President Ramaphosa announced this week that places of worship could reopen from June 1, when alert level 3 kicks in.

Churches, synagogues, temples, mosques, and other recognised places of worship may resume services, but the congregations will be limited to 50 people or less.

While some welcomed the news, others are questioning the logic behind the decision.

For one thing, we’ve watched as other countries struggle to contain the virus after large gatherings in churches and places of worship were declared ‘super spreader events’, infecting scores of people with COVID-19.

Other challenges to this new regulation have come from restaurants. Wendy Alberts, the CEO of the Restaurant Association Of South Africa, spoke to Radio 947:

The restaurant industry has displayed every attempt with government to be respectful of our relationship and be respectful of the guidance and leadership that has been put out there. But when a decision is being made that advocates complete avoid to our industry and prohibits us from operating, we need to fight for our industry to be reopened.

Why cant the same methodology used to open churches be used to open restaurants? We cannot continue to trade under these restrictive conditions.

If you’d like to listen to Wendy Alberts’ full interview, you can do so here:

According to Business Insider, restaurants have introduced new strict protocols to ensure the safety of customers, citing Grace Harding, the spokesperson for the Restaurant Collective, who says that restaurants are “considerably safer and less congested” than public transport and queues at grocery stores.

The restaurant industry also employs roughly 800 000 people, and it has become evident that restaurants can’t survive on delivery services alone.

The resumption of religious services under alert level 3 has also put religious leaders at odds. While many, like the African Christian Democratic Party’s reverend Kenneth Meshoe, are pleased, others have chosen to keep up the extreme physical distancing imposed under alert levels 4 and 5.

The Daily Maverick spoke to a number of religious leaders who expressed concerns about reopening up their places of worship.

The Jesuit Institute South Africa also questioned the decision, calling it “illogical”:

“The more people mix, the more there is potential for spread. Places of worship are not immune to the virus,” they wrote in a statement.

The institute highlighted the possible financial burden of implementing preventative measures, saying many places of worship don’t have the money to “provide prescribed personal protection” or the personnel and equipment to sanitise buildings.

Mary Kluk, the president of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies, says that the organisation had “concerns” about the “real dangers” of opening up their shuls.

Religious leaders aside, congregants have expressed mixed reactions to the decision, says IOL.

Sibusiso Khoza, whose father is a pastor, said though he loved church, the gatherings would pose a huge risk to people’s lives.

“This was a bad decision by the president. How will big churches determine who gets to go and not? We need to consider if this is an essential service. We’ve been keeping in touch via technology; we need to keep motivating each other not let go of our faith.”

Bishop Freda Nkosi from the Ethiopian Holy Baptist Church Zion Inyanda Yezikhova in Mamelodi East has said that her small congregation will have no trouble abiding by social distancing rules.

The 50 person limit is also already being challenged as restrictive, with President of National Council of Churches Monokoane Hlobo saying that the number of people allowed in the congregation should be determined by the size of the church.

He wants the government to allow higher numbers of attendants in larger churches.

Worshippers will be required to wear masks during services, and the usual hygiene and physical distancing protocols are mandatory.

Still, the decision is a risky one that could have adverse effects on the work that has been done to slow the spread of the virus.

It also seems to contradict the restrictions placed on other sectors of society, and there is no surprise that many in the restaurant industry are furious that similar concessions haven’t been made on their behalf.

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is set to address the media later today, at 2PM, alongside Minister of Trade, Industry, and Competition, Ebrahim Patel, to clarify these and other decisions.

We’ll have a live stream of that media briefing, so check in then to see what unfolds.


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WATCH LIVE: Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma Outlines Alert Level 3 Rules [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/05/28/watch-live-nkosazana-dlamini-zuma-outlines-alert-level-3-rules-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/05/28/watch-live-nkosazana-dlamini-zuma-outlines-alert-level-3-rules-video/#respond Thu, 28 May 2020 11:55:29 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=526919 [imagesource:here]

On Sunday, President Ramaphosa announced that South Africa would be dropping to alert level 3 on June 1.

After some confusion later in the week, it has been clarified that the entire country will do so, but uncertainty remains around many of the regulations from the start of next month.

Will beaches and parks be open for exercise? Are you still limited to within five kilometres of your residence? What hours will alcohol be sold?

Those, and thousands of other important specifics, need explaining, which is what co-operative governance and traditional affairs minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, along with trade and industry minister Ebrahim Patel, will do in a media briefing slated to begin at 2PM.

According to TimesLIVE, this will be followed by a ministerial justice, crime prevention and security cluster briefing from 5PM.

Media briefings involving Dlamini-Zuma tend to see a collective spike in blood pressure, so if you’ve managed to keep some liquor reserves handy, now may be the time to dabble.

I would suggest having a soothing smoke as well, but those are even harder to come by.

As with all of these briefings, it may not kick off at 2PM on the button. While you wait, you can read about the government’s reasoning for banning the sale of tobacco, and some other issues that also deserve your ire.

Buckle up:


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They Reckon This Prodigy Will Make Chess Entertaining ‘For The Masses’ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/05/28/they-reckon-this-prodigy-will-make-chess-entertaining-for-the-masses/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/05/28/they-reckon-this-prodigy-will-make-chess-entertaining-for-the-masses/#respond Thu, 28 May 2020 11:00:40 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=526826 [image: Getty Images]

The game of chess has never seen anybody quite like Magnus Carlsen.

The 29-year-old Norwegian became a grandmaster at 13 after beating former world champion Anatoli Karpov and drawing with Russian great Garry Kasparov, became the youngest chess player in history to top the world rankings at the age of 19, and has been the world chess champion since 2013.

You don’t earn the nickname ‘the Mozart of chess’ for no reason.

He’s also one of the most ruthless competitors in chess history, so it’s no surprise that he’s such a fan of The Last Dance and Michael Jordan. Carlsen has come under scrutiny for his single-minded approach to winning, but as CNN reports, he won’t be changing that:

“There have been people saying in Norway ‘you don’t have to be an a***hole to win;’ whenever they say that from now on I’ll say ‘go and watch Jordan’ and I’m going to use it as an excuse for any questionable behavior,” Carlsen says, a wry smile engulfing his face as he speaks from his Oslo home.

“I’m certainly somebody who is very much in that school. There are no excuses. You always have to be the best, nothing else is acceptable.”

That competitive nature has been plain to see during recent encounters with the latest chess prodigy on the scene, 16-year-old  Alireza Firouzja.

The Iranian exile recently beat Carlsen in some online showdowns, in competitions that carried sizeable prizes, and it’s these online tournaments that are being credited with bringing chess to the masses.

Last month’s online Magnus Carlsen Invitational had a total prize fund of $250 000, and the online gameplay also introduces other elements that have a broader public appeal than in-person tournament play:

“When I blundered in one game there’d be a bunch of expletives coming from my mouth; I think that’s a good thing,” Carlsen says, believing that a player’s freedom to be expressive makes rapidplay online chess, games which are normally completed in under an hour, more appealing to the many than the classical format.

“It’s real. People have these instant reactions, which you cannot actually have when you’re at the board,” he says.

Kasparov, one of the most famous names in chess and Carlsen’s coach at one point, predicted back in 2010 that before the Norwegian’s retirement, he “will have changed our ancient game considerably”.

He’s being proven right:

Still in his 20s, Carlsen’s impact on the game has been sizable, leading to modeling assignments with G-star, a deal with Porsche and his own app. All have contributed to his multi-million-dollar fortune…

The pandemic has provided Carlsen with the opportunity to put into practice his vision of making chess more interesting to the masses, in a time when sport has stalled and most of the world is dealing with devastation and unpredictability.

Earlier this month, he launched The Carlsen Tour, a $1 million series of online tournaments in which he will compete, providing hours of entertainment for chess fans until August.

The first event was the Carlsen Invitational, a final reportedly watched by an online audience calculated at over 115,000, and the second the Lindores Abbey Challenge [above], which is happening now.

You can keep tabs on that tournament here.

Given that there may be no face-to-face, or “over-the-board”, chess played this year, online tournament play looks set to revolutionise the game, possibly for good.

Sadly for those who tire of being beaten by the world champion, he won’t be hanging up his boots any time soon:

“I just enjoy the game so much,” he says. “[I] enjoy winning every time, hate losing every time that happens. I’m eager to keep going…I’m just motivated and love to play the game. As long as I feel like I’m still top of my game and I continue to win, I don’t see one reason to quit.”

Read his interview with CNN in full here.


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