The country has been in lockdown for what feels like an eternity. That’s an exaggeration but being confined to your home for over three months is no easy feat. The national lockdown has been a trying time for South Africans and an ongoing groundhog day that you wish was just a continuum April fool’s joke or prank. But alas, it’s not. We’re in the thick of it, and it’s getting realer by the day.

The national COVID-19 infection rate is getting worse, and an end to the lockdown is nowhere near the horizon.  

 What day of lockdown is it in South Africa?

Today, the 3rd of July is officially lockdown day 99.  

The lockdown is not ending soon; it’s best to get comfortable with social distancing, and we have a few apps that you need for convenience, crucial information and entertainment.

Top business apps to have in lockdown

We’re in lockdown but to a certain extent, business as usual needs to continue. These are the business apps that you need during the lockdown:

  • 1-grid mobile app: in addition to getting instant access to your account, this app also helps you build, update and edit your business website
  • Fresh Books: this app allows you to invoice, record expenses and track time. It’s the perfect tool for freelancers and small businesses to generate invoices and get paid on time.
  • Slack: if you’re looking for an all-encompassing business communication tool, Slack is elite. The app boasts collaborative workspaces, video conferring capabilities and file sharing.
  • Trello: for project management, workflow automation and syncing, consider getting your team on Trello.

Top convenience apps to have in lockdown

The fewer times you can leave your home the better. These are the apps that will make your lockdown more convenient:

  • Uber Eats: your favourite restaurants are most likely open in lockdown level 3, and you can get takeaways from them without leaving your home. Uber eats has a wide variety of restaurants on its platform.
  • Snapscan: handling cash is not amid the Coronavirus pandemic and Snapscan allows you to pay using your mobile phone. It is also an app you should consider using to accept payments for your own small business.
  • Bottles: fancy a bottle of wine to accompany your meal? The Bottles app is perfect to get all your alcoholic beverages delivered to your door. Not only do they deliver beverages, but they’ve teamed up with Pick n Pay to deliver all your grocery essentials to your door, so you don’t have to venture to the shops.

Top news apps to have in lockdown 

For the latest COVID-19 information, top stories and news that you need to start your day, these are the apps you need to get:

  • Lockdown Bozza: this app allows you to navigate the lockdown levels. If you’re uncertain about lockdown regulations, the app tells you what you can and can’t do under the different lockdown tiers.
  • Eskom Se Push: this loadshedding app is one of the top apps in South Africa – it notifies you of the loadshedding schedule in your area by sending you push notifications to your phone.
  • Coronadata: for the latest national COVID-19 numbers, this app features the latest Coronavirus stats, symptoms and preventative tips.

Top entertainment apps to have in lockdown

Keeping occupied during social distancing is a challenge, there’s only so much Netflix you can watch. Here are a few boredom-busting apps that you need:

  • Angry Birds: yes, this game still slaps, and it slaps even more in lockdown. If you enjoy some passive gaming on your phone, get this app.
  • RadioPublic: this free podcast app for iOS and Android allows you to listen without logging in, offline content to listen to when you don’t have an internet connection, plus they feature curated playlists.
  • YouTube: YouTube is the biggest online platform for video content and you definitely need this app during the lockdown.
  • Pinterest: start a DIY project or peruse the app for visual inspo – Pinterest is an endless well of visuals.