South Africans quench thirst with home brews during lockdown ban

29 May 2020, 3:47 PM
A craze for home brewing has swept across South Africa since the government banned the sale of alcohol to help hospitals and keep order during the coronavirus lockdown, good news for Frank van Wensveen, who owns a home beer brewing supply shop.
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Matteo Bocelli sings ‘Lion King’ hit as Disney songs go classical 29 May 2020, 3:22 PM

Matteo Bocelli, the son of renowned Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, on Friday released a new version of “The Lion King” movie ballad “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” the first single from an album of classical versions of Disney songs.

Nigeria’s nightlife dwindles amid coronavirus restrictions 29 May 2020, 2:31 PM

Sensei Uche has earned a living for the last three years as a “hype man” in Nigeria’s entertainment capital Lagos, standing alongside the DJ in bars and clubs and whipping up dancers’ enthusiasm. But the coronavirus pandemic has cut off his livelihood.

Home-made beer claims four lives in Eastern Cape 28 May 2020, 12:13 PM

Four more people have died in the Eastern Cape after drinking home brewed alcohol at iLitha village near King Williams Town.

‘Reopening of churches could cause a spike in COVID-19 infections’ 28 May 2020, 9:30 AM

There are continued mixed reactions towards government's decision to re-open places of worship starting next week, under strict level three lockdown regulations.

Cameras roll again in Nollywood but Nigeria’s cinemas still dark 27 May 2020, 6:45 PM

Nigeria’s film industry is creeping back to work after lockdown, and one of the first productions to resume is a new television series about a highly infectious disease that has ravaged the world.

Rasa appeals to government to open restaurants 27 May 2020, 3:03 PM

The Restaurant Association of South Africa (Rasa) has again appealed for the government to allow for the sector to operate, saying millions of employees’ incomes are being negatively affected.

AT&T launches HBO Max, vying with Netflix, others for quarantine viewing 27 May 2020, 12:28 PM

AT&T’s WarnerMedia division launches its HBO Max streaming service on Wednesday, taking on Netflix, Disney and Amazon at a time when coronavirus lockdowns have boosted demand for streaming even as rising unemployment has cut disposable incomes.

#NotInMyName vows to picket over reopening of schools 27 May 2020, 12:28 PM

Civil rights group #NotInMyName has expressed its intention to hold a picket against the reopening of schools for Grade 7 and 12 learners next week.

‘Corona town’: Cuban graffiti depicts anguish, urges courage 26 May 2020, 6:12 PM

A skeleton reaches up from the ground to clutch at a fantastical winged creature. A hunched figure wearing a face mask drags behind it an entangled mass of stricken faces and lanky limbs. A butterfly flutters out of the mouth of a body laid to rest.

Influential Africans Part 2 | The story of Queen Nzinga of Angola 26 May 2020, 5:13 PM

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Artists urged to secure royalties through Samro 25 May 2020, 8:41 PM

Failure to understand contracts and administration has led to a lot of artists losing out on their royalties.

‘African leaders have a duty to make traditional medicine part of health care systems’ 25 May 2020, 1:30 AM

Its time Africa stamps its authority on the use of the continent's heritage of indigenous medicinal prowess to help solve complexities in medical science.

Founder of Limpopo traditional fist fight tournament dies 24 May 2020, 7:41 PM

The president of the  traditional bare-knuckle fist fight known as musangwe in Limpopo, Tshilidzi "poison" Ndevane has died in hospital  after a long illness on Sunday.

Nathi Mthethwa
Mthethwa, ANC trending on Twitter 24 May 2020, 6:23 PM

The Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa, and the governing ANC have been trending on Twitter.

‘Avatar’ movie sequel to resume production in New Zealand 24 May 2020, 9:08 AM

A sequel to James Cameron’s sci-fi movie blockbuster “Avatar” will go back into production next week for the first time since it was shuttered by worldwide efforts to contain the coronavirus, producer Jon Landau said on Friday.

The drive-in movie stages a comeback in US in coronavirus era 24 May 2020, 2:30 AM

The drive-in movie, dismissed by many as a relic of an earlier time in America, is making a comeback as entertainment seemingly designed for the coronavirus era.

Lockdown induces fitness boom in South Africa 23 May 2020, 10:11 PM

The lockdown has seen a fitness boom across South Africa. Since regulations were eased under Level 4 allowing joggers back on the road, the number of people exercising seems to have doubled.

COVID-19 crisis forcing artists to reinvent themselves 23 May 2020, 6:40 PM

Like many other South Africans, performers and artists have been hit hard by the lockdown regulations.

FEATURE: Uzalo’s Wiseman Mncube shares his journey 23 May 2020, 12:12 PM

Creatives Under Lockdown is a SABC News feature which focuses on the impact of coronavirus on the lives of creatives. This week, actor Wiseman Mcube,  shares his journey of being part of  the drama series Uzalo. 

Twitter exposes three Miss SA entrants 23 May 2020, 8:06 AM

The Miss South Africa pageant has already been embroiled in controversy.

Marriage services to be offered at Home Affairs under Level 3 lockdown 22 May 2020, 9:23 PM

There's hope for those who want to get married under lockdown as Home Affairs has proposed that marriages be offered as a service during Level 3.

African music legend Mory Kante dies aged 70 in Guinea 22 May 2020, 7:15 PM

Musician Mory Kante, who helped win African music a global following, has died in the capital of his homeland Guinea at the age of 70, his agent said on Friday.

Julia Roberts and other stars hand over social-media spotlight to health experts 22 May 2020, 10:52 AM

Actors Julia Roberts, Hugh Jackman and Millie Bobby Brown are among the celebrities who will hand over their social media accounts to health experts to share facts and promote a science-driven approach to fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

Athletes, artists urged to apply for relief funds before deadline 21 May 2020, 11:46 AM

The Limpopo Department of Sports, Arts and Culture has urged athletes and artists who have been affected by the national lockdown to submit their applications to the relief fund by June 19, 2020.

California to give guidelines for restarting TV and movie production 21 May 2020, 3:24 AM

California on Monday will roll out guidelines for the resumption of production of Hollywood movies and TV shows, but Governor Gavin Newsom warned that Los Angeles County would likely be excluded in the first phase.

Dog and cat get along during lockdown 20 May 2020, 9:48 PM

It is not only humans that are in what might seem like a never-ending lockdown, but household pets also had to learn to get along. A young cat Henry and German Shepard Rudi learn to co-exist peacefully.

In First Person–Part 5: Municipal worker recalls his life-changing experience when he lost his arm and leg 19 May 2020, 11:53 PM

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General Gizenga Mpanza Hospital to reopen today 18 May 2020, 9:39 AM

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala has confirmed that the General Gizenga Mpanza Hospital in KwaDukuza will re-open on Monday.

People on the beach
Beaches, parks busy as Europe heat wave and U.S. spring test new coronavirus rules 18 May 2020, 2:09 AM

Summer weather is enticing much of the world to emerge from coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown as centers of the outbreak from New York to Italy and Spain gradually lift restrictions that have kept millions indoors for months.

Many people falling into depression owing to COVID-19 financial burdens 17 May 2020, 8:32 PM

Many South Africans are increasingly experiencing depression due to financial burdens and stress brought about by the conavirus pandemic and resultant lockdown.