Could virtual lobola negotiation meetings be the new normal?

Could virtual lobola negotiation meetings be the new normal?

- Pictures of two families holding lobola negotiations via Zoom have been circulating on Facebook

- Ever since the coronavirus hit, people have found themselves needing different ways to communicate while social distancing and these Eastern Cape families are no different

- People on social media were impressed to see that the families were able to find a way around not being able to meet in person while still following tradition

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The novel coronavirus crisis has brought with it many changes - wearing masks, sanitising our hands a hundred times a day and keeping a safe distance from one another are all among the things that have become a new norm in our society.

Because we can no longer be within close range of one another, our ways of staying in touch and communicating are continuously evolving. Two Eastern Cape families proved this to be the case after pictures of them having lobola negotiations via virtual video calling app, Zoom.

Who seems to be the elders of each family can be seen having a serious discussion during the video call. See the images below.

Thanks to Corona Virus, lobola negotiations are now being held virtually

Eastern Cape families during lobola negotiations. SOURCE: Facebook/Alson Mathe
Source: Facebook

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The traditional meetings, which have always been face-to-face affairs, have evolved to online affairs, which left Facebook users impressed with the families' determination to follow social distancing rules while still engaging in their usual custom practices.

See the post below.

The post, which was also shared by Alson Walter Mathe on Facebook, attracted many comments from intrigued users.

One user, Bongani Zulu approved of their decision to keep safe.

"They are being safe. It's good," he said.

Thwalubukhosi Mpala however thought that the practice meant a bit of culture was being lost.

"I find this as nonsense. We are losing our culture nje."

Most of the comments were in support of the innovation and noted that it was important to put safety first.

Meanwhile in the latest Briefly.co.za news, SA is recording fewer new Covid-19 infections and a shift to Level 2 of the national lockdown may be on the cards.

South Africa may well be moving to more relaxed lockdown restrictions with President Cyril Ramaphosa expected to make an announcement soon. This comes as the country records declining new infections amid the pandemic with the recovery rate remaining high.

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has provided SA with an update on the latest Covid-19 statistics. In a statement released on Tuesday, 11 August, the minister confirmed that the nation had recorded just over 2 500 new infections in the previous 24 hours.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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