Jennie Ridyard
2 minute read
1 Feb 2021
4:30 am

The mare who died of Covid-19

Jennie Ridyard

I was raised by parents who were sticklers for correct pronunciation. The word 'mayor' is pronounced the English way, like a female horse: Mare.

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Did you hear about the horse in the Karoo who got Covid-19? If you did, I apologise. It’s my fault. There I was, travelling across South Africa with my best friend and the dog – two out of three of us were Covid-tested before departure, while one had a rabies jab – and along the way I had my usual conversations with rank strangers, because that’s how I roll, in search of news and gossip wherever I go. In Colesberg, I discussed the merits of vaccination with a local, who then told me the mayor had recently died of Covid,...