STOP pa­nic-buying

Knysna-Plett Herald - - Voorblad -

De­spi­te p­re­si­dent Cy­ril Ra­map­ho­sa and va­ri­ous ot­her sta­te le­a­ders ma­king ple­as to the pu­blic to re­frain from stock­pi­ling and pa­nic buying, so­me shop­pers in the re­gi­on seem to ha­ve mis­sed the mes­sa­ge. Du­ring the mi­nis­te­ri­al brie­fing on Tu­es­day, both a­gri­cul­tu­ral mi­nis­ter T­ho­ko­zi­le Di­di­za and tra­de and in­du­stry mi­nis­ter E­bra­him Pa­tel stres­sed that both the food and me­di­ci­nal sup­ply chain will not be bro­ken du­ring the lock­do­wn and pe­op­le can go shop­ping.

S­ce­nes in P­let­ten­berg Bay shops on Tu­es­day re­min­ded KPH P­lett jour­na­list Yo­lan­de

S­tan­der of an a­po­ca­lyp­se mo­vie as shop­pers rus­hed to su­per­mar­kets to stock up on ne­ces­si­ties for the three-week lock­do­wn an­noun­ced on Mon­day. A lar­ge group of re­si­dents queu­ed in front of C­hec­kers at the P­let­ten­berg Mall to get in at 08:00 w­hen doors o­pen re­mi­nis­cent of a Black F­ri­day fi­as­co.

Shel­ves we­re eeri­ly emp­ty as mer­chan­di­sers tried to re­stock. So­me of the i­tems that we­re in short sup­ply we­re fresh chic­ken, flour, pas­ta and toi­let pa­per. So­me shop­pers we­re seen buying lar­ge quan­ti­ties of the­se i­tems.

It was the sa­me at Pick n Pay Mar­ket S­qua­re and Wool­wort­hs, w­he­re queu­es we­re re­gu­la­ted w­hen the cro­wds be­ca­me too lar­ge for staff to hand­le.

At C­licks, so­me shel­ves we­re al­so emp­ty, most no­ta­bly mul­ti­vi­ta­mins and im­mu­ne boos­ters.

Most shop­pers we­re seen we­a­ring mas­ks or had scar­ves wrap­ped a­round their fa­ces, so­me wo­re glo­ves, and se­cu­ri­ty of­fi­cers stop­ped all cu­s­to­mers be­fo­re they en­te­red to do­se their hands with sa­ni­ti­sers.

Ac­cor­ding to Knys­na-ba­sed KPH jour­na­list

Bla­ke Lin­der, in con­trast to the "a­po­ca­lyp­tic cra­ze" in P­let­ten­berg Bay, t­he­re was a s­lig­ht­ly eerie sen­se of nor­mal­cy that reig­ned in the town's shops and streets.

It look­ed li­ke bu­si­ness as u­su­al in the shops, w­he­re, bar a few mo­re emp­ty shel­ves than u­su­al, it felt li­ke run-of-the-mill month-end shop­ping. T­he­re we­re very few fil­led-to-the­brim trol­leys, and whi­le so­me queu­es in sto­res li­ke Pick n Pay and Su­perS­par ex­ten­ded in­to the ais­les, ot­her sto­res li­ke C­hec­kers we­ren't u­nu­su­al­ly bu­sy.

A few sto­res, such as Wool­wort­hs, re­stricted the flow of cu­s­to­mers in­to the sto­re, whi­le all shops – e­ven gara­ge con­ve­nien­ce sto­res – sa­ni­ti­sed shop­pers' hands as they en­te­red the door. Com­pa­red to last week w­hen, wal­king through town with a fa­ce mask at­trac­ted much at­ten­ti­on and spa­ce, on Tu­es­day t­his week pe­op­le ap­pea­red to ha­ve accep­ted t­his as the norm for the next few weeks and pos­si­bly mont­hs.

From KPH Knys­na jour­na­list Tem­bi­le Sg­qo­la­na's per­specti­ve, t­hings see­med qui­et in the towns­hips on Tu­es­day as the lo­cal spa­za shops con­ti­nu­ed with their dai­ly rou­ti­ne. In so­me shops in the towns­hip t­he­re we­re less than fi­ve pe­op­le, whi­le the ta­verns on the ot­her hand we­re pac­ked with pe­op­le buying al­co­hol. T­he­re did not seem to be a pa­nic a­bout buying gro­ce­ries, inste­ad pe­op­le en­joy­ed their li­quor be­fo­re the ta­verns and the she­beens clo­sed at 18:00. T­he­re we­re a few pe­op­le who got out of the tax­is with shop­ping bags, but the ma­jo­ri­ty we­re re­lax­ing, en­joying their f­ree ti­me. So­me lo­cal shop o­w­ners al­so don­ned mas­ks and glo­ves, and in one of the shops in W­hi­te Ci­ty, the o­w­ner dis­in­fected pe­op­le's hands and mo­ney with a spray.

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