With more and more countries around the world resorting to national lockdown, the fight against Covid-19 has no longer become optional. Every citizen of every nation is involved and South Africans have been no exception. The country commenced a 21-day lockdown on Friday and citizens have been urged to stay at home during this period.
The 21-day shut down had been coming for some time, and in anticipation this week we launched a new feature: #TheQuarantineEdition. (Read the first instalment with Donovan Goliath here!)
For the second instalment, we caught up with renowned actress and entrepreneur, Mampho Brescia. The Isibaya star is obliging with the government’s call to stay at home and be responsible but, as you’ll soon discover, she’s still making the most of her time at home!
Moziak Magazine: Hello Mampho, welcome to Moziak Magazine. How are you social distancing during this period?
Mampho Brescia: I am literally staying away from people, social gatherings etc, staying home basically. I think it’s the responsible and honourable thing to do. I have family in Italy, so I understand the gravity of this world pandemic. It isn’t just about me, it’s about all those we can get in contact with and how, even by mistake, we could hurt a vulnerable person.
MM: Where do you wish you were right now?
MB: I think I am in the perfect place, at home.
MM: Name 3 positive things about the world almost coming to a standstill.
MB: 1. We are still, stillness is peace, and the ability to really listen to ourselves and others.
2: It’s forcing connection, from being so disconnected.
3: Every day we are like the hamster on the wheel, this forces perspective, on what is really important.
MM: Name 5 things you plan to achieve whilst in “quarantine”
MB: 1. Staying alive!
2: Being part of the solution and not the problem.
3: Not get fat! 🤣🤣
4: Saying the things we don’t always say like “I love you,” “how are you doing?” and really meaning it.
5: Accepting that I am a housewife right
MM: What surprising item made your shopping list?
MB: Junk food 🤦🏽♀️
MM: Did you stock up on additional toilet paper?
MB: Yes, I also panicked. However, I was being ridiculous, we produce toilet paper locally, unlike Australia, who import it from China.
MM: Have any important plans or activities of yours been cancelled/postponed because of the coronavirus?
MB: Yes, being an extrovert! Also, we travel to Italy every year, that’s not happening. Part of my career is at a standstill. I am an actor, I can’t act from home.
MM: In a year’s time when you look back, what do you think you will be saying about this period?
MB: We survived world war 3.
MM: What advice do you have for people who are struggling with the idea of social distancing?
That it’s challenging, but challenges are the very thing that make us better than we were before.
MM: What are you looking forward to the most when the coronavirus pandemic is over?
MB: Loss of memory, so that it will all be a blur.