Noise levels return to normal

Richard Poulter, Tokai

On Thursday morning June 4 in Tokai, the constant hum of traffic, the totally unnecessary sirens from the SAPS trucks and their escorts leaving Pollsmoor, transferring VIPs (very important prisoners!) and the sounds of building and construction were back to pre-lockdown levels.

When the lockdown first started we were surprised how quite and peaceful it all was and we could enjoy more natural sounds like the birds and the bees – certainly one of the benefits of the lockdown we were not expecting.

It makes one realise how we get used to certain noises and noise levels and are able to shut them out, that is apart from the SAPS sirens.

The contrast is actually very obvious once we have had a break like this.