Some couples celebrating Valentine’s Day in South Africa have used their creative instincts to make the day special despite the pandemic and lockdown – and many small businesses are benefiting.  

Kuben Naicker is the owner of a small business that sells personalised gifts and signage. He says the pandemic has helped his business this Valentine’s Day. 

It’s been much easier on me, number 1. Number 2, business has actually picked up because of my pricing. COVID has brought in business for me because of the signage that’s required; the awareness that’s required. So, everyone is spending money to get the awareness campaign going on COVID19,” Naicker says.

A group of runners in Polokwane, Limpopo, organised a short distance fun run to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
Dressed in symbolic red gear, the runners gathered in the name of fitness and love.
One of the couples participating in the run believes that lovers who run together, stay together.

“We have been married for about 20 years. We started running I think about seven years back. When I joined her it was just to support her because we run in the night so I wanted to be a security guard then I found myself hooked.
Couples that run together stay together. It also strengthens our love relationship. It’s all about fitness at home. We talk fitness, we talk love.”

Polokwane runners celebrate Valentine’s Day through a fun run: