We are indeed under difficult times in the world. There is fear and uncertainty in every country. While we have to deal with the ever growing pressure cause by the rapid spread of the #COVID-19, the depraved human nature shows itself off in the fake news and in the useless conspiracy theories that are being circulated in internet. Such things continue to worsen the situation and instigate unnecessary panic.

I have been hearing reports of people who were out in numbers, queueing at Supermarkets, getting ready to selfishly stockpile goods, despite the reassuring words from the president that production and supply of goods will continue during the lockdown. People will be allowed to go and buy food, medicine and other basic necessities in a controlled fashion. There is absolutely no need for panic buying. Buy what is enough for you and your family to use for a few days and watch for expiry dates on certain items. Give others a chance to find food when they come to the shops.

By all means people should stay at home. The key part for the National Lockdown is to stay at home. This forbids even visits to friends. Stay at home with your own family.

MY CONCERNS REGARDING THE NATIONAL LOCKDOWN

Stray Kids

I am very concerned with my neighbourhood. There are lots of kids that are roaming the streets and their parents do not know where they are. With such poor parenting, the chances for the virus to spread through kids is very high. I do not know if parents fully understand the meaning of the lockdown and its purpose.

The purpose of the lockdown is to limit the transmission of COVID-19. The authorities are hoping that through these security measures the virus might stop spreading. Now with so many parents who have no control over their kids and who fail to lock the gates to make sure their kids do not leave and their friends do not come over, the purpose of the lockdown will be a total failure and we would have suffered in vain.

Soldiers

We understand that the Lockdown will be facilitated and enforced by the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) by the way of assisting our incompetent, corrupt and equally overwhelmed South African Police Service (SAPS). My concern is, we have not been told exactly how the soldiers will handle the violators during the Lockdown. Will they be arresting and detaining offenders or will they be using threats and physical force to persuade people to stay at home?

While we are told that we would be allowed to buy food, medicine and also to seek medical assistance, it is not clear if public transport will be available for us to get to those places where we might get food, medicine and other basic. If the public transport is available we do not know how long in the course of the day is it available and how many public transport vehicles will be available.

Will the soldiers be patrolling the streets of our townships and suburbs? or they will close off the exit points form these areas? How will they be able to identify those who are offending from those who are going to get the basic necessities as stipulated in the terms of the National Lockdown.

The Street Vendors

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With the Lockdown imposed, I am not clear as to how those who support their families through selling fruits and other goods in the streets are they to be assisted so that their lives and immune systems are not compromised through hunger and malnutrition. (Honestly they should have consulted me: I am good at finding problems for every solution.)

Will those who have enough be allowed to assist them in donating some food parcels, during the 21- Day Lockdown? How can we identify them, if at all we are allowed to donate food parcels to them?

WHAT CAN WE DO NOW?

The best thing we can do is to stay at home. While we remain in our comfortable houses, we must remember those families whose economy would be hit hard by the Lockdown and whose lives are at far more risk than ours. Pray for them. When the world is in such a turmoil and is covered with so much fear. There is only one ROCK that is higher than us. The only place of refuge. His name is JESUS CHRIST the Son of God.

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It was at the beginning of this month when we heard a promising “prophecy” from TB Joshua of Nigeria. He told his followers that the fears surrounding the new strain of coronaviruses known as COVID-19 will be over by March 27, as the virus will go away the way it came.

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TB Joshua’s Prophecy date

We look at the watches and hope that he was right because if at any rate he gets this wrong not only will he be labelled a false prophet but He will also be liable for people who will die due to their complacency caused by the hopes that the virus will be gone by March 27, 2020.

While we have less than four days to see the outcome of this prophecy, Italian mortality rate on the account of COVID-19 is climbing and has far more exceeded that of China. In my country, South Africa, the infection rate based on known cases is climbing greatly.

I do not take pleasure in writing this post at all. I am very concerned with people who come out as mouth pieces for God but then make God look like a douche bag, when the supposed divine promises are not fulfilled. I pray and hope that this pandemic be defeated as soon as possible.

Take caution each time you listen to prophets. One day you will bank your life on a wrong man and you will pay dearly for that.

That time has come again. Despite the fears and hopelessness that fills the world today, owing to the new strain of the coronavirus COVID-19, The Spokesdude Podcast, is bringing its second season and there is no going back.

As from the 26th of March 2020. You will hear the brand new season of The Spokesdude Podcast. Hang in there and stay tuned.

Protective Face Mask

Get yourself protected. Wash your hand regularly and avoid crowded places. Don’t gives hugs, handshakes and kisses.

As we are preparing for the launch of season two of The Spokesdude Podcast on the 19th of March 2020 and the new Bible Study podcast in April, I have decided to put the Run Yourself Crazee Podcast on hold. The dates of the next-well structured Running podcast will be announced before June.

I would like to apologize to everyone who is affected by this change. We endeavour to bring to you high quality and engaging content. In the process of improving we are working on trial and error basis. We are slowly getting our game together. By God’s grace the best is yet to come.

Be on the look out for the Bible Study podcast called Bible Near You to be launched in April 2020. We shall go deep into the Bible and together learn it’s content. Not only will you be listening but you will also get a chance to ask questions, no matter how difficult they may be. We will get them answered for you. The Bible Near You podcast will have it’s sister called Bible Near You Q & A where we will be answering questions from you.

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So we have finished a whole year since we relaunched The Spokesdude Podcast. After many challenges, the good and bad memories we made it. After 53 weeks of making friends, we have finally come to the final episode of this year. Who knew that we would finish a year.

What I recall about this year is how I made new friends and how I was connected to people I wouldn’t have met had I not gathered the courage to start a podcast. The Spokesdude is listened to by many people across the world. Some they tell me when we meet on the street that they actually listen to The Spokesdude podcast.

This has been an exciting year of my life. It had challenges. There were bad news and death robbed me of my acquaintances. Nevertheless the Lord my God has been gracious and carrying me through the fires and the storms of this life.

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This has been a very busy year for me. A lot has taken plan. What I find more interesting, is that I had been so busy you’d swear there was someone breathing down my neck, while in fact there wasn’t. I have excercised a tremendous measure of discipline, an undertaking I had no idea was possible.

I must admit. Producing and publishing a podcast for 52 weeks was not easy. I could have easily given up but I pressed on, through the help of my friends and brothers.

There are lots of things I wish to achieve next year. Just to name one: It is my greatest wish to have at least one live show, with a live audience at a given venue. Meeting and addressing my listeners in person will be the greatest experience. I wish to bring some business people on to the show and who will encourage upcoming entrepreneurs and help them avoid some of the mistakes which are common among startups and which will cost them a lot of time, energy and money.

As we approach the end of 2019, I have no regrets for chosing to do a podcast and register a business. When my business has grown and the name The Spokesdude has become a household name, I will not forget those who have helped me. I will in one way or another return the favour to them and their families.

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Ever wondered how some people have so much knowledge and are able to quote so many people? Well, you came to the right place. I am going to show you four things you can do to increase your knowledge and become a walking encyclopedia.

Read

It is important to read. So much information can be accessed by reading. There is host of things one can find and read in the world. Read blog posts, newspapers, books, the bible, pamphlets, street direction signs, etc.

Watch

Sometimes read is not enough. You may need to take some time off the books and observe the world. Watch  YouTube videos, documentaries and the news. Sometimes you can learn a lot about people when you happen to be in town. I do it sometimes. Find a safe spot in town and watch people. See how busy they are. Read their facial expressions. You can pick up much about people when you take time and observe them. Watch the insects in the garden. Yes follow that ant trial and learn some wisdom. You may also enjoy watching the cloud movement in the sky

.Listen

Sometimes, reading and watching may not be enough. Pay attention to your auditory sense. Listen. Listen to podcasts, some radio, people, poetry, reaching, and public lectures. it also pay to admit that there are people who know more than you do. When you realize that, listen to those who know you more than you.

Attend

Get out of the house and go meet people and gain perspective. Go and attend seminars, community meeting, social events, and webinars. Find free events and attend them. Learn as much as you can when you can.

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