Jim Freeman
4 minute read
17 May 2020
8:06 am

Life after lockdown: New realities of travel

Jim Freeman

Like it or not, South Africans are going to have to discover their own country, as well as those of their near neighbours.

Tsavo East National Park in Kenya. Picture: iStock.

There’s a fine line between being locked down by the state and locked up by it. Right now, most South Africans are suffering from imprisonment heebie-jeebies: how else do you explain the outrage that erupted from the public when the government announced it was releasing a host of prisoners to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in overcrowded jails? Why should they go free while we remain confined, seemed to be the underlying feeling among generally law-abiding citizens. Like any prisoners, people who are restricted to their homes and (if they’re fortunate) workplaces are beginning to dream of life “outside the...