The nation-wide lockdown announced by Cyril Ramaphosa earlier this week is currently in effect until midnight on 16th April. That means that, unless you are employed by an essential service, seeking medical attention or buying essential goods from stores, you should be in your home.

While transport will be operating at specific times of the day (between 05:00 and 09:00 in the mornings and between 16:00 and 19:00 in the afternoons) the roads should be rather empty.

Thankfully, we can actually check how busy the roads are without having to leave our homes.

Head over to the i-Traffic website and select either Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal or the Western Cape.

Upoon making your selection you will be presented with a map and camera icons dotted over the map. Click or tap one of those icons and you will see an image taken by a CCTV camera.

One vehicle spotted outside OR Tambo International Airport.

Alternative you can head to this link and select a camera to view.

Some of the cameras we would recommend checking are those surrounding OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. The intersection is usually a buzz with activity but this morning it is a ghost town with only the odd vehicle appearing on camera.

For regular users of Google Maps, the traffic data there presents the most amount of green we’ve seen since, well, ever.

Fields of green as South Africans stay home for lockdown. Image captured from Google Maps on Friday morning.

It’s good to see that the majority of South Africans are heeding the call to remain at home.

South African Police Services as well as the South African National Defence Force has been deployed to patrol the streets of Johannesburg and enforce the lockdown.

This is not a joke or a conspiracy theory folks, stay at home and tow the line. The best way to slow the spread of COVID-19 is to reduce contact with other people and remain in-doors.

Play some games, binge watch a series (or six) or learn to cook a gourmet meal, just stay in-doors.

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Brendyn Lotz writes news, reviews, and opinion pieces for Hypertext. His interests include SMEs, innovation on the African continent, cybersecurity, blockchain, games, geek culture and YouTube.