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South Africans getting into the holiday mood as the fear of the new Variant of Covid-19 evades

South Africans getting into the holiday mood as the fear of the new Variant of Covid-19 evades

South Africans
South Africans getting into the holiday mood as the fear of the new Variant of Covid-19 evades—

Towards sunset, the bars and restaurants overlooking Ballito’s seafront have been filling up fast this week.

But the new Omicron variant, now driving a fourth wave of infections through the country, is causing deep concern in this small holiday town in KwaZulu-Natal province – as well as frustration for businesses hit by the new wave of international travel bans.

A huge annual party for school leavers, known as Rage, was cancelled in Ballito at the last minute this week.

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“The new variant? Yes, I’m worried,” said Fana Dlamini, 43, loading a bucket with sea water for use in what he said was a religious ceremony.

Danilia du Plessis, 29, walking past with her two children, agreed: “I’ve already had Covid. But we don’t know the symptoms of this new variant. So, I’m scared.”

She was shocked that only a third of adults in South Africa’s province of KwaZulu-Natal have so far been vaccinated.

Twenty-five-year-old Sanele Shabalala is one of those who has not been jabbed.

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“My problem is the government. We don’t believe in them, or the system,” she said.

Beside her on a bench, her two sisters nodded in agreement and confirmed that none of them had been vaccinated.

They cited false claims of allergic reactions to the jabs that they had read about on social media.

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