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OPINION | Beach living and behaving badly: How we surrendered our democractic agency

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A closed Durban beach on 16 December 2020. (Photo by Gallo Images/Darren Stewart)
A closed Durban beach on 16 December 2020. (Photo by Gallo Images/Darren Stewart)

Michel Muller writes how a 30-day seaside sojourn, ostensibly to work as a R100-a-day coffee maker at a Ballito coffee shop, was a transformative, eye-opening experience on behaviour and the spread of Covid-19.

Cast asunder on a Robinson Crusoe hillside, at a point as high as several storeys, you quickly learn that ego and expectations are best set aside, and that humility can take you places… in the first instance, to the purple bucket in the corner of your tent.

The tent! It succumbs, cramped onto a postage-stamp site fit for a two-sleeper pop-up. You accept it like that. You have to.

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