Various South African artists recently joined forces to sing the song ‘Don’t Panic Buy’ as South Africa prepares for a 21-day national lockdown.
Various South African artists recently teamed up with retailer Pick n Pay to share the new song Don’t Panic Buy.
The song, written by Ard Matthews and produced by Theo Crous, comes after various South Africans took to stockpile and buy what they need for the 21-day national lockdown set out by President Cyril Ramaphosa in the hope of ‘flattening the curve’ when it comes to the coronavrius outbreak in SA.
Pick n Pay took to social media to share the video of the various artists singing the song from what appears to be their respective homes.
The retailer said:
“Now more than ever, we need to look after each other. But some shoppers are still stockpiling unnecessarily, leaving empty shelves for others in need. That’s why friends don’t let friends panic buy! Check out some of SA’s musos reminding you that no one likes ‘that guy’.”
The song features Freshly Ground’s Zolani Mahola, Karen Zoid, Majozi, Arno Carstens, Ard Matthews, Theo Crous, Francois van Coke, Kahn Morbee, LIRA, Loyiso, Jack Parow and Early B.
In the song, they sing:
The whole wide world has gone insane
‘Cos suddenly the things we know are not the same
But that doesn’t mean we lose control
‘Cos now’s the time to keep from falling apart
We got to keep love in our heart
Friends don’t let friends panic buy
‘Cos you don’t want to be that guy
It was previously reported that cans, milk cartons and soap bars were piled high under red “hyper saving” signs at a South African supermarket chain in Johannesburg as shoppers filled trolleys in preparation for the national lockdown that will start at midnight on 26 March 2020.
Only “essential” trips to grocery stores, pharmacies and medical appointments will be permitted during the lockdown, which will be enforced by army troops.
“We have never experienced this,” said Simangele Ntshali, 40, as she slowly moved down the queue to the checkout counter at the other end of the store. “It is not something that we had budgeted for (and) we don’t understand how the lockdown is conducted, hence we want to stock up,” she explained, trolley piled high with diapers and baby food for her toddler.
Standing in front of Ntshali in queue, 53-year-old Primrose Bandla nodded in agreement.
“There is a fear,” she said. “People are buying in bulk unnecessarily, but it’s a scary thought to think that by the time you go buy there could be nothing to get.”
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