‘Maverick is still a maverick’ :Top Gun producer on highly anticipated sequel

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‘Ronnie Govender wanted his life to be a source of happiness’ 3 May 2021, 6:30 PM

A memorial service was held in Cape Town on Monday for legendary South African playwright and activist, Ronnie Govender.  Only close family were in attendance, but the service was streamed virtually. 

Prince Harry appears at ‘Vax Live’ concert in Los Angeles 3 May 2021, 3:30 PM

Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, appeared on Sunday at an outdoor stadium fundraising concert that organisers said was the first large-scale music event for a COVID-compliant and fully vaccinated audience since the pandemic began.

English music lovers party like it’s 2019 at COVID pilot festival 3 May 2021, 5:00 AM

Live music returned to the birthplace of The Beatles after a long coronavirus-enforced silence on Sunday when the English city of Liverpool hosted a one-off music festival to test whether such events spread the virus.

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UN addresses threats posed by COVID-19 to journalism 2 May 2021, 9:17 PM

The COVID-19 pandemic has been accompanied by an enormous concurrent global "infodemic". That's the message from the United Nations Secretary General as the world marks World Press Freedom Day on May 3rd.

Boerma’s ‘Love is a Dangerous Drug’ evokes childhood memory 2 May 2021, 3:47 PM

Renowned Mpumalanga artist, John-Anthony Boerma is exhibiting 200 hand-painted clay plates at the White River Gallery, outside Mbombela.

Centre to unearth, nourish talent opened in John Kani’s hometown 2 May 2021, 10:25 AM

A newly opened multi-million rand Mendi Arts Centre in New Brighton, in Gqeberha, will be a breeding ground for upcoming artists. The building has been named after the SS Mendi ship that sank carrying South African troops in 1917.

Oscar-winning ‘Moonstruck’ actress Olympia Dukakis dies at 89 2 May 2021, 8:45 AM

Olympia Dukakis, who won an Oscar for her performance as a sardonic, middle-aged mother who advises her headstrong daughter on matters of love in the 1987 romantic film comedy “Moonstruck,” died on Saturday at age 89.

Ancient Maya cave reveals mysterious painted hand prints in Mexico 1 May 2021, 8:11 PM

Dozens of black and red hand prints cover the walls of a cave in Mexico, believed to be associated with a coming-of-age ritual of the ancient Maya, according to an archaeologist who has explored and studied the subterranean cavern.

Activists march against race classification on state jobs 1 May 2021, 7:46 PM

A group of activists from Oudtshoorn in the Little Karoo has called for race classification criteria to be scrapped from all government forms and state jobs.

Crowds gather for Holy Fire ceremony at Jerusalem’s Holy Sepulchre 1 May 2021, 4:25 PM

Orthodox Christians flocked to Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre on Saturday to celebrate the Holy Fire ceremony, gathering in far greater numbers than last year because coronavirus restrictions have eased.

Grammys change rules after corruption allegations 1 May 2021, 9:30 AM

The organisers of music’s Grammy Awards on Friday announced an end to the so-called “secret” committees that have led to allegations that the highest honors in the industry are open to rigging.

California Disneyland re-opens but you can’t hug Mickey Mouse 1 May 2021, 12:19 AM

Masks, temperature checks and no hugs with Mickey Mouse greeted visitors to Disneyland in California on Friday as Walt Disney's original theme park reopened for the first time in over a year.

SA mourns acclaimed playwright Dr Ronnie Govender 30 April 2021, 7:09 PM

The Durban University of Technology (DUT) says it is deeply saddened by the passing of the internationally recognised playwright, activist, and author, Dr. Ronnie Govender. Dr. Govender passed away on Thursday. 

Prince William and Kate mark 10th wedding anniversary with video 30 April 2021, 6:31 AM

Britain’s Prince William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, celebrated 10 years of marriage on Thursday with a video of the couple and their children enjoying the countryside.

Social media reacts to the passing of Zulu Nation Queen Shiyiwe Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu 29 April 2021, 11:44 PM

South Africans have taken to Twitter after hearing the passing of the Regent of the Zulu Nation Queen Shiyiwe Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu.

Kamala Harris, Jill Biden dress for history and unity at Congress speech 29 April 2021, 3:00 PM

History was made at the US Capitol on Wednesday night when Vice President Kamala Harris and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sat behind the president during his annual address to the nation.

Lions rescued from Ukraine released to spacious new home 29 April 2021, 9:40 AM

Animal charity, Warriors of Wildlife, says the four lions rescued from Ukraine were living in conditions completely unsuitable for these animals.

Social media reacts to Ramaphosa’s State Capture appearance 28 April 2021, 9:34 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s appearance at the commission of inquiry into state capture on Wednesday had South Africans sharing mixed views on social media.

SA female deep cave diver Karen van den Oever breaks world record 28 April 2021, 3:43 PM

South Africa has a new World Record holder for deep cave diving. Karen van den Oever recently broke the female record with a dive of 236.04 metres at Boesmansgat in the Northern Cape.

Black Coffee expected back in court 28 April 2021, 8:33 AM

The case against internationally renowned DJ Nkosinathi Maphumulo, also known as Black Coffee will resume at the Randburg Magistrate's Court in Johannesburg on Wednesday morning.

Free State artists dropped at 11th hour from Freedom Day gig, demand cancellation fees 27 April 2021, 9:25 AM

Free State artists are demanding to be paid after being promised that they would be given a chance to perform during Freedom Day celebrations allegedly by Free State Premier Sisi Ntombela.  

The Art of freedom: SA artists depict “freedom” 27 April 2021, 8:00 AM

As South Africans commemorate Freedom Day, artists have depicted freedom in their work. In their own words, the artists tell stories of  South African's perception of freedom.

Cameroonian LGBT activist champions imprisoned transgender women 27 April 2021, 3:19 AM

Coming from Cameroon where letting it be known that she was a lesbian could lead to prison time, activist and social media influencer Bandy Kiki struggled to adjust to her newfound safety after emigrating to Britain a decade ago.

Call for divine intervention against women, children and LGBTQIA+ community killings 26 April 2021, 10:00 PM

As South Africa celebrates 27 years of democratic rule, socio-economic challenges stand as a stumbling block to reaping the fruits of democracy.

Deaf people lament government’s muted attitude towards them 26 April 2021, 8:35 PM

South Africa's constitution guarantees the right for every person to freely engage in economic activity but deaf people in the country say for many of them economic freedom remains just a dream.

Congratulatory messages continue to pour in for ‘My Octopus Teacher’ 26 April 2021, 7:09 PM

The South African Netflix documentary has won an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature at the 93rd Academy Awards Ceremony in Los Angeles.

‘My Octopus Teacher’ hailed as a passionate ode to conservation 26 April 2021, 3:26 PM

South African film producer, Anant Singh, has hailed Oscar winning documentary, My Octopus Teacher, as a passionate ode to conservation by filmmaker, Craig Foster.

‘My Octopus Teacher’ wins Best Documentary Feature at Oscars 26 April 2021, 6:25 AM

The South Africa Netflix documentary My Octopus Teacher has won the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature at the 93rd Academy Awards Ceremony in Los Angeles.  

Red carpet gets under way for history-making Oscars 26 April 2021, 12:13 AM

Hollywood stars started arriving for the Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday on what could be a historic night packed with surprises, not just around the winners but the event itself.

‘Mortal Kombat’ Pulls Ahead of Surprisingly Strong ‘Demon Slayer’ 25 April 2021, 9:18 PM

For the first time since the pandemic struck, not one, but two movies brought in notable ticket sales at the domestic box office.