There’s no doubt about it…South Africa and, indeed, the world have scarcely seen a more troubling year than 2020. Perhaps those doomsday prophecies were onto something when they predicted the end of the world in 2020; although, thankfully, there is as yet no sign of an earthbound asteroid. With every country in the world too busy battling its own healthcare crisis to extend a helping hand, it is clear to South Africa that if we are to survive the disaster that COVID-19 has rained down upon our houses, businesses, and economy, we need to support each other. We need to keep local alive. Why? Because local is lekker! And, wow, do we love our country.
Here are 5 ways you can keep local alive!
Travel is out…staycation is in!
God alone knows when next we’ll be allowed to hop on an airplane to explore exotic shores but that doesn’t mean you can’t satisfy your wanderlust at home, right here in South Africa! After all, millions of tourists (previously) travelled to our country every year to experience what many locals quite tragically take for granted. So, reignite your passion for local travel and book a weekend at a guesthouse somewhere far away from home…or spend a week at a self-catering cottage on a farm…or even several weeks in a luxury apartment.
We could all use a change of scenery and nothing comes quite as close to anesthetizing the travel bug as a staycation!
P.S. DK Villas has three beautiful self-catering apartments available for both short and long-term rental! So don’t hesitate to Contact Us if you’re interested in booking your staycation with us.
Visit the winelands and/or order wine online (by the caseload)
After several weeks of quarantine and prohibition, you probably don’t need any encouragement to head into the Cape winelands and restock your shelves with our country’s glorious wines. But here are three reasons to go beyond buying individual bottles and, instead, buy in bulk:
- You never know if or when the liquor ban might be reinstated and you’ll be grateful for those tucked away bottles of Cabernet when the next cold front hits.
- It’s usually financially smarter to purchase wine in bulk because the final price typically works out cheaper per bottle.
The third reason is the most important: South Africa’s wine industry has taken a monumental knock during the COVID-19 pandemic, thanks to the ban on alcohol and the on-going curfews. It therefore behoves us to support our beloved wine industry right now in their time of need and purchase as much of our favourite wines as we can afford. Just think about how many break-ups wine has gotten you through. Now it’s time to return the favour.
Support local artists and artisans with your festive shopping
Of all the years to be discerning about the provenance of your gifts, this is the one. Why? Because YOU can make a huge difference to local art, culture, and to our economy as a whole by buying your festive season, end-of-year gifts exclusively from local artists and artisans.
For example, KAMERS/Makers is running a fabulous pop-up space at the V&A Waterfront (next to Exclusive Books), featuring thousands of handcrafted goods made by over 200 proudly South African artisans and artists. You’ll find another conglomeration of local talent and handmade goods and fashion at the Constantia Gift Fair, which is set to take place from the 4th to 8th November 2020.
Wear local fashion brands and clothing
Tired of living in your pyjamas? Never want to look at another pair of yoga pants again? Great! It’s time for some retail therapy…but before you make a bee-line for the usual international clothing brands, take this opportunity to keep local alive and shop for local clothing brands and fashion labels. Remember, the smaller the business, the more in need they are of your support (plus, the more unique the look you’ll be able to piece together!)
There are a ton of such local brands to be found and a rather surprising way to find them is through social media, like Instagram and Facebook! You will also discover a list of local designers crafting beautiful 100% South African fashion on SME South Africa.
Aren’t you tired of cooking? Eat out (or order in)
After months of having to cook for the family, isn’t it just such a relief to be able to sit down at one of the Cape’s many stunning restaurants? Socially distanced, of course. Unfortunately, not all of them made it through quarantine and unless we start supporting the restaurant industry, many more may yet go over the edge of insolvency. If you’re concerned about eating out, remember that the new health and safety guidelines are in place to protect patrons (plus, it’s in the restaurants’ best interests to enforce them). If you’re still nervous about eating out, how about ordering take-out?
One way or another, leaning on your favourite local restaurants to feed the family will go a long way in helping them pull through this really rough time.
If there’s one silver lining the COVID-19 pandemic could have for the South African economy, it’s that we all learn to support local businesses and grow the economy through more patriotic purchasing decisions. Buying local leads us to products and services that are so much more unique and special; our money helps to fund great business ventures and entrepreneurs that are forced to compete with major international brands; and those local businesses, in turn, help to fuel the economy and create jobs.
It’s a win-win for everyone so in all of your purchasing decisions from now on—and as far as possible—keep local alive because local is lekker!