Macfarlane Sedibe, Hector Radebe in Midrand: Keep on trucking…

Two long-distance truck drivers share their #lockdownlife experience on the open road.

Macfarlane Sedibe, Hector Radebe in Midrand: Keep on trucking…

It’s the quietness. It’s really very strange…Quietness on the roads, quietness in the towns.

We are often totally alone on the road. Occasionally we see a car or truck. In all our years of driving, we have never experienced this before.

Macfarlane: Since lockdown, I have not even seen one taxi on the road. Now that’s really strange!

Our work as truck drivers take us around the country – to all provinces, with the exception of the Western Cape. We spend many hours a week in their cabs. When travelling to places, such as Upington in the Northern Cape, we can spend up to six days in our cabs.

Extreme calm on roads an eerie feeling

Because of the quietness, we are actually nervous to stop during our daily travels. It is eerie, this extreme calm. It’s like we are waiting for something to happen, but nothing ever does.

Everyone is talking about coronavirus all the time. People are worried.

Macfarlane: I stay with my wife and three children, who are 14, seven, and four. My children know a lot about the virus. We watch the news all the time – we don’t even watch soapies anymore. The news is on all the time.

Radebe: I also has three children, all adults. Every time I leave for work, my children say to me: “Daddy, please be careful, please wear your protective clothing – your gloves and masks – and remember to sanitise!”

‘Stay safe’ travels

Our employer, Vector Logistics, has been doing its best to assist us. We’ve received personal protective equipment (PPE) and make sure we have what we need to travel safely.

Despite the Covid-19 chaos, we are part of essential services and proud to be able to deliver food to our principals and customers.

Take the virus seriously. To our fellow truck drivers, we say: On the days you are not working, please stay at home. Sanitise and stay at home!

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Experiencing hunger first-hand drives Kolisi to help others

Through the Kolisi Foundation, the Springbok skipper has been delivering food parcels in Zwide, near Port Elizabeth.

Experiencing hunger first-hand drives Kolisi to help others

Rugby World Cup-winning Springbok captain Siya Kolisi has embarked on a charity drive in aid of the less fortunate in South Africa’s township.

The Stormers flanker recently launched his foundation, which is already hard at work delivering personal protective equipment (PPE) in hospitals in the Western Cape and the Eastern Cape.

Experiencing poverty drives Kolisi to help others

The Kolisi Foundation has also been delivering food parcels in Zwide, the Port Elizabeth where the Bok’s first black rugby captain grew up. 

Speaking to  from Port Elizabeth, Kolisi said the drive is something close to his heart, having experienced hunger first-hand.

“There’s nothing worse than hunger,” he said. “There’s nothing worse than listening to your stomach before you go to bed and you just hear grumbling. You have nothing to eat, you’ve got no other choice.”

Siya Kolisi

He added;

“If I went a couple of days without eating I would go to my neighbour and go ask for something,” he said. “Sometimes we live in a house with 10 or 15 people in one room. It’s really hard to have social distancing.”

Siya Kolisi

Making the message accessible 

The foundation is currently delivering the packaging in the Eastern Cape, where the majority of people speak IsiXhosa. Kolisi says the PPE contains user instructions in the language.

“With the food packages that we drop off, we are adding messages in the local dialect of Xhosa, because this is predominately for the Xhosa areas,” Kolisi said.

“We put in instructions there for the masks – all in Xhosa – on how to put it on. But the most important is this: if you want people to stay home, tell them why. You can’t just tell someone to stay home and not give them anything.”

Siya Kolisi

Kolisi led South Africa to a third Rugby World Cup triumph in Japan in November 2019, after they beat England to lift the Webb-Ellis cup.

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