South Africa’s boozy church struggles with COVID lockdown rules

3 July 2020, 2:29 PM
When South Africa began easing its coronavirus lockdown in May, it allowed religious worshippers to gather in groups of up to 50, but maintained a ban on people assembling to drink alcohol.
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Black Arab women tackle racist beauty ideals and stereotypes 23 June 2020, 2:07 PM

Black Arab women are drawing inspiration from global anti-racism protests to fight back against long-standing discrimination and Middle Eastern beauty standards that favour light skin and straight hair.

Black Doek Movement urges women to walk away from abusive partners 22 June 2020, 9:58 PM

A Johannesburg woman, who killed her husband 11 years ago, has called on victims of abuse to seek help or to walk away before it is too late.

Italian musicians perform in fishing boats to beat coronavirus blues 22 June 2020, 1:59 PM

Blues musicians in this lakeside town have come up with a novel way to please music lovers despite coronavirus restrictions - playing from borrowed fishing boats to people on shore.

Tom Petty family tells Trump not to use late rock star’s songs for ‘campaign of hate’ 22 June 2020, 5:00 AM

Tom Petty’s family slammed President Donald Trump for using the late rock star’s hit “I Won’t Back Down” at his sparsely attended rally in Tulsa, sending the campaign a cease and desist warning.

Free State divided over calls for removal of colonial statues in Bloemfontein 21 June 2020, 4:07 PM

Residents of Bloemfontein have expressed mixed views regarding the removal of colonial and apartheid statues in the Free State capital.

Filmmaker Ava DuVernay aims to hold police accountable through art 21 June 2020, 6:50 AM

Filmmaker Ava DuVernay is urging writers, dancers, poets and other artists to help make the names of abusive police officers as well known as their victims.

British actor Ian Holm dies at age 88 20 June 2020, 12:55 PM

British actor Ian Holm, best known for his roles in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy and “Alien”, has died aged 88, the Guardian newspaper said on Friday.

Live events in Britain are back – but you’ll need a car 20 June 2020, 7:24 AM

There won’t be any dancing going on, but entertainment company Live Nation Entertainment are rolling out a series of gigs across the UK where fans can be together to get their fix of live events from the safety of their own designated area

Salons
Personal care services to resume under strict hygiene protocols 19 June 2020, 9:36 PM

Government has published protocols in the government gazette for personal care services like hairdressers, barbers and tattoo artists including the provision of sanitisers and regular cleaning and these come into effect from Friday.

VIDEO | COVID-19 In Numbers: 19 June 2020 19 June 2020, 2:22 PM

Millions of women and children around the world have been faced with two pandemics amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The abuse and killing of women and children has been in the spotlight during the coronavirus after many countries around the world implemented lockdown measures to curb the spread of the virus.

Kelly Clarkson, Zac Efron to get stars on Hollywood Walk of Fame 19 June 2020, 8:50 AM

“American Idol” winner Kelly Clarkson, actor Zac Efron and British star Benedict Cumberbatch are among celebrities who will be getting a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame in 2021.

Vera Lynn, voice of hope in wartime Britain, dies at 103 18 June 2020, 4:56 PM

Vera Lynn, the singer who became a symbol of hope in Britain during World War Two and again during the coronavirus pandemic with her song “We’ll Meet Again”, died at the age of 103 on Thursday.

‘Doctors to improve in treating COVID-19 before a vaccine is developed’ 17 June 2020, 12:38 PM

Director of research development at the University of the Western Cape Professor Burtram Fielding says there is a strong possibility that doctors will get better at treating and saving the lives of COVID-19 patients before a vaccine is developed.

Recycling
KZN waste recycling project wins European Union’s Platforma Award 16 June 2020, 3:32 PM

A waste recycling project at Nquthu in northern KwaZulu-Natal has won a Platforma Award from the European Union.

Elsa Joubert hailed for bringing apartheid struggles to Afrikaans readers 16 June 2020, 8:21 AM

Celebrated Afrikaans writer, Elsa Joubert, who passed away at the weekend from COVID 19-related complications at the age of 97 in Cape Town, has been hailed for bringing the struggles of those suffering under colonialism and apartheid to her Afrikaans readers.

Hollywood restarts movie production with ‘Jurassic World: Dominion’ and ‘Avatar’ 16 June 2020, 6:23 AM

Universal Studios said on Monday it expects to resume production in early July on “Jurassic World: Dominion” as Hollywood begins to emerge from a three-month coronavirus shutdown.

Congolese fashion designer goes virtual as virus hits runway shows 15 June 2020, 4:12 PM

US-based Congolese fashion designer Anifa Mvuemba was excited about debuting her fashion line, Hanifa, at this year’s New York Fashion Week.

Oscars
Films aiming to win Oscars will need to meet diversity criteria, Academy says 15 June 2020, 4:02 AM

The organisation that hands out the Academy Awards said Friday it would form a group to develop diversity and inclusion guidelines that filmmakers will have to meet in order for their work to be eligible for Oscars.

Arts community mourns Kirvan Fortuin’s death 14 June 2020, 9:39 PM

The arts community is mourning the death of Cape Town dancer and choreographer, Kirvan Fortuin. 28-year-old Fortuin was stabbed to death at a house where he was with friends.

All eyes on the Khoi traditional healers in fight against COVID-19 14 June 2020, 6:14 PM

Khoisan traditional healers say people are looking at them to help in the fight against COVID-19. Many want herbs to boost their immune system and ease symptoms of the virus.

Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput found dead in his Mumbai home 14 June 2020, 2:42 PM

Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput, who won acclaim for his role in the 2016 biopic of then Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, was found dead at his home in Mumbai on Sunday, police said.

A scaled-down ceremony at Windsor marks Queen Elizabeth’s official birthday 14 June 2020, 6:27 AM

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth viewed a socially-distanced military ceremony at Windsor Castle to mark her official birthday on Saturday, after the coronavirus pandemic forced cancellation of the usual large parade of soldiers through central London.

Christopher Nolan movie ‘Tenet’ to open July 31 as industry seeks rebound 14 June 2020, 1:16 AM

Director Christopher Nolan's thriller "Tenet" will debut in cinemas on July 31,distributor Warner Bros. said on Friday, the first new blockbuster in months for movie theatres that need fresh films to lure audiences after pandemic-related closures.

Limpopo community inundated with people looking for Lengana herb 13 June 2020, 7:21 PM

The community of Leolo-Hoepakranza section outside Jane Furse in Limpopo has denied that some people were arrested for harvesting Artimesia Afra herb or Lengana, which is believed to be a remedy for treating respiratory related ailments.

Growing up with Albinism was not easy: Sethibe 13 June 2020, 4:32 PM

People with albinism are just as capable as everyone. That's according to 29-year-old Lerato Sethibe who has Albinism. Sethibe who is from Maokeng, Kroonstad in the Free State, is a model and an up-and-coming actress.

Musician Tribute Mboweni on her collaboration with DJ Ganyani 13 June 2020, 3:03 PM

Creatives Under Lockdown is a SABC News feature, which focuses on issues affecting artists. This week musician  Tribute Mboweni shares the story behind her collaboration with DJ Ganyani.

Coachella music festival in the US cancelled this years due to COVID-19 13 June 2020, 6:46 AM

Organizers of the Coachella music festival confirmed that the event would no longer take place this year because of the coronavirus epidemic, but announced new dates for April 2021.

Oscars
Academy says films aiming to win Oscars will need to meet diversity criteria 12 June 2020, 9:00 PM

The organisation that handout the Academy Awards said Friday it would form a group to develop diversity and inclusion guidelines that filmmakers will have to meet in order for their work to be eligible for Oscars.

Country music’s Lady Antebellum changes name because of slavery association 12 June 2020, 10:22 AM

Country music group Lady Antebellum on Thursday changed its name to Lady A, saying it regretted its blindspot over the name’s association with a time of slavery in the United States.

Cape Town disaster management monitoring impact of cold weather conditions 12 June 2020, 9:48 AM

Disaster management authorities in the Western Cape are monitoring the impact of adverse weather conditions, following a cold front which brought heavy rain and a drop in temperatures in a number of areas.