Cliff Buchler
2 minute read
1 Jul 2020
5:00 am

A hungry country – when a loaf goes abegging

Cliff Buchler

Sometimes all that's needed to make a person's day is a loaf of fresh, dry bread.

Homeless people wait to be assisted with food, 20 April 2020. Homeless have been some of the hardest hit during the nationwide lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Spaza shop offers bread to the homeless as a way of helping the neighbouring community. Picture: Tracy Lee Stark

We have to put up with a plethora of car guards. As soon as you put the key into the door they appear from behind trees, shrubs and rubbish skips. There are a number of legitimate guards, but by far the majority are the hungry, homeless and unemployed who see shoppers as easy targets. Despite finding them a nuisance there is a strong undertone of empathy which costs us a few coins. Before a two buck coin was the accepted handout, but as one put it to me recently: “Hey, sir, the cost of living has gone up. Five bucks,...