New Theatre Festival to be launched in Cape Town next week

17 August 2019, 11:18 AM
A new theatre festival to delight the very young, including babies, and an event to challenge and intrigue teens and young adults will be launched in the Mother City early next week.
John Magufuli
Kiswahili to become one of the official languages in SADC bloc 17 August 2019, 6:12 PM

The outgoing Chairperson of the Southern African Development Community (SADC)  - president Hage Geingob of Namibia - has  announced that Kiswahili will be one of the official languages in the SADC bloc.

Credo Muntwa
Credo Muntwa’s home renovations to be completed soon 17 August 2019, 4:49 PM

Renovations of Credo Mutwa's Kuruman home in the Northern Cape will be completed in the next two weeks.

Ed Sheeran design Heinz Ketchup bottle sells for 1 500 pounds 17 August 2019, 3:21 PM

Three limited-edition bottles of Heinz Tomato Ketchup based on the tattoos of British songwriter Ed Sheeran, a dedicated fan of the condiment, sold at auction in London on Thursday, with one going under the hammer for 1 500 pounds ($1 816).

Jeffrey Epstein
Official autopsy concludes Epstein’s death was suicide by hanging 17 August 2019, 11:06 AM

New York City's chief medical examiner determined on Friday that suicide by hanging was the cause of death for financier Jeffrey Epstein, whose body was found six days ago in a Manhattan jail cell while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.

‘Easy Rider’ actor Peter Fonda dead at age 79 17 August 2019, 7:45 AM

Oscar nominated actor Peter Fonda, who played a cool and introspective motorcyclist in the 1969 film “Easy Rider” that captured the spirit of the era’s counterculture movement, died on Friday at age 79, his family said in a statement.

Sex workers denounce violence and police harassment, call for decriminalisation 16 August 2019, 9:19 PM

Violent clients, police harassment, and stigma are just some of the main reasons sex workers and the NGOs that collaborate with them are fighting for the South African government to decriminalize the trade.

Maritime archeologist discovers SA’s shipwreck believed to be from 1647 16 August 2019, 5:17 PM

Maritime archaeologist and historian, Dr Bruno Werz says he has found strong evidence of the location of one of South Africa's most significant shipwreck, De Haarlem.

Instagram adds tool for users to flag false information 16 August 2019, 12:20 PM

Instagram is adding an option for users to report posts they think are false, the company announced on Thursday, as the Facebook-owned photo-sharing site tries to stem misinformation and other abuses on its platform.

SA women continue to be objectified like Sarah Baartman: Author 16 August 2019, 9:35 AM

Author and poet Diana Ferrus says South African women continue to be objectified in the same way that Sarah Baartman was by her European masters.

Tributes pour in for Carrol Boyes 15 August 2019, 9:19 PM

Renowned South African artist, designer and businesswoman, Carrol Boyes, has passed away after a short illness. 

V&A Waterfront
City of Cape Town pulling all stops to ensure tourist safety 15 August 2019, 8:04 PM

Cape Town Tourism says it's pulling out all the stops to ensure the safety of tourists as the high tourism season approaches.

Polokwane hosts Female Farmers of the Year Awards 15 August 2019, 3:02 PM

The female farmers of the year award ceremony which has been organised by the Limpopo Agriculture Department is underway in Polokwane.

Cameroonian musician Salatiel
Cameroon’s Salatiel is back to making music after ‘Lion King’ soundtrack 15 August 2019, 11:10 AM

Hot on the heels of featuring on US superstar Beyonce's latest album, the Gift: a love letter to Africa, Cameroonian musician Salatiel is back in the studio doing what he does best - making music.

Eastern Cape Liquor Board fights underage drinking 14 August 2019, 7:35 PM

Ten schools in the Alfred Nzo district are being targeted by the  Eastern Cape Liquor Board after noticing an increase in alcohol abuse.

A$AP Rocky
US rapper A$AP Rocky spared jail after being found guilty of Stockholm brawl 14 August 2019, 4:34 PM

United States rapper A$AP Rocky was convicted of assault by a Stockholm court on Wednesday, but was spared time in prison after a high-profile trial that led President Donald Trump to question the fairness of Sweden's legal system.

Joanne Jowell
“Zephany Nurse” has challenging relationship with biological family: Author 14 August 2019, 3:22 PM

Joanne Jowell, the author of Zephany: Two mothers, one daughter, says the situation between Miché Solomon and her biological family is challenging.

Semenya to continue efforts to distribute menstrual cups 14 August 2019, 3:10 PM

World renowned athlete, Caster Semenya, says she is pushing forward with efforts to distribute menstrual cups to girls in rural areas.

How ‘Woodstock’ movie shaped festival’s place in counterculture 14 August 2019, 12:05 PM

Michael Wadleigh never played a note and is not a household name, but he may be the person most responsible for securing Woodstock's place in history as the epitome of Sixties counterculture.

A$AP Rocky to learn his fate on Wednesday 14 August 2019, 8:59 AM

US rapper, A$AP Rocky, will learn his fate on Wednesday in a trial over a street fight in Sweden that led US President Donald Trump to champion his cause.

Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift urges fans to back equal pay for U.S. women’s soccer team 14 August 2019, 5:31 AM

Singer Taylor Swift has urged her millions of fans to get behind the U.S. women's soccer team's fight for equal pay, saying the world champions had taken a "historic stand" for equality.

Overcoming alcohol addiction: A tale of two recovering alcoholics 13 August 2019, 5:45 PM

Alcohol consumption is expensive in South Africa due to the sin tax. This, however, doesn’t stop South Africans from indulging in a tipple or two. SABC News spoke to two recovering alcoholics and they are urging fellow South Africans to be cautious when hitting the bottle as their lives could be changed forever by just one drink.

Apiwe Nxusani-Mawela
Women changing the face of the brewing industry 13 August 2019, 4:55 PM

As South Africa commemorates Women's Month, the spotlight has also fallen on women who are taking the beer industry by storm.

Hollywood studio cancels ‘The Hunt’ movie release after criticism 13 August 2019, 10:15 AM

Universal Pictures on Saturday canceled the release of “The Hunt,” a satirical thriller about a group of Americans who are captured to be hunted and killed for sport, following apparent criticism by President Donald Trump and a recent series of mass shootings.

Pennsylvania judges skeptical of Cosby effort to reverse sex assault conviction 13 August 2019, 7:18 AM

A trio of Pennsylvania judges on Monday appeared deeply skeptical of Bill Cosby’s effort to have his sexual assault conviction overturned, as the comedian’s lawyers argued in court that the trial judge had deprived him of a fair trial.

Lady Gaga tries to channel ‘fury into hope’ 12 August 2019, 7:55 PM

In El Paso, Texas, there are books for third-grade students, many of whom have none at home. Disabled students in Dayton, Ohio, will get bouncy chairs to help calm them for learning.

Johannesburg Zoo celebrates World Elephant Day 12 August 2019, 5:20 PM

The Johannesburg Zoo estimates that about 100 African elephants are killed on a daily basis on the continent.

Cosby’s lawyers, claiming unfair trial, seek to overturn his sex assault conviction 12 August 2019, 2:22 PM

Lawyers for comedian Bill Cosby on Monday will ask a Pennsylvania appeals court to throw out his sexual assault conviction, arguing the trial judge committed errors that deprived him of a fair trial.

K-Pop’s BTS goes on holiday, asks fans for privacy 12 August 2019, 11:03 AM

South Korean boy band, BTS, will take their first long holiday in six years after a series of global hits, their managers said, asking fans to respect the band's privacy if they see them in "a chance encounter."

Miley Cyrus and her husband actor Liam Hemsworth
Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth separate 12 August 2019, 5:41 AM

Pop star Miley Cyrus and her husband actor Liam Hemsworth have agreed to separate after less than a year of marriage.

Versace apologises after T-shirt triggers fierce criticism in China 11 August 2019, 8:25 PM

Italian luxury label Versace and its artistic director, Donatella Versace, apologised on Sunday after one of the company's T-shirts was widely criticised on social media in China for identifying the Chinese-controlled territories of Hong Kong and Macau as countries.