Are we braaiing this year? Hell yeah! 

Published: September 16th, 2020
Wandisile's Plett - A blog by Wandisile Sebezo

Wandisile’s Plett

A blog by Wandisile Sebezo.

Of familiar spaces, people and events; are we braaiing this year? Hell yeah!

Almost six months ago the world stopped, took a deep breath and sighed – bracing itself for the unknown as a corona virus was ravaging all those in its wake.

The music was turned off, lights stopped glittering and the outdoor was unfamiliar. No bookings, no check-ins and no rushing to catch that flight at the airport. Life as we know it, changed dramatically.

But as we’re adjusting well into level two of the nationwide lockdown, South Africans are saying andizi (I’m not coming), not anymore, it’s time to get the groove back.

While international borders are still closed, South Africans are urged to travel domestically to help boost the ailing economy after more than six months of no economic activity.

Central Beach and the Beacon Island hotel in Plettenberg Bay, where braaiing is a national pastime
Central Beach and the Beacon Island hotel in Plettenberg Bay – photo by Blaq-X

One of those ways over the years has been braaiing – which means lighting up a fire and having some friends over.

So social spaces such as bars, restaurants and taverns are open, and we’ve been getting out there, trying our best to socially distance and remembering to bring those face masks along when leaving the house – all in an attempt to get some kind of normality back.

I have been to Flashbacks Pub, N2 Lounge, and my friends are back at work in places like Nineteen 89, Barrington’s and lately The Plettenberg, so the Plett economy is slowly trying to find its feet. And we can all play a role in making sure that Plett becomes the preferred tourist destination, even for the domestic market.

blaq x barringtons
Barrington’s in Plett – photo by Blaq-X

September is tourism month in South Africa, where the tourism department and local tourism organisations embark on a number of campaigns to encourage people to travel. This month is also heritage month, which coincides well with tourism as people get to showcase the aspect of what it means to be a South African.

Let’s get out there and have that dinner, go jump at the world’s highest bungy and go out there and have those braais, for our lives depend it.