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.
Vietnam schoolgirl creates art from the chaos of the coronavirus 12 June 2020, 6:05 AM

Stuck at home with school suspended, Nguyen Doi Chung Anh made the most of a lockdown in Vietnam by using art to demonstrate tragedy, resilience and chaos in the world’s battle against the coronavirus.

DA’s hairdressers’ case heads to court 12 June 2020, 5:58 AM

The Democratic Alliance’s (DA) hairdresser’s case against Cooperative Governance Minister, Noksazana Dlamini-Zuma will be argued in the Cape Town High Court on Friday.

KZN conservation body ready to reopen parks and game reserves 11 June 2020, 6:45 PM

KwaZulu-Natal conservation body - Ezemvelo and the iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority say they have prepared themselves for the re-opening of several parks and game reserves to visitors and hikers.

Hairdressers go underground as lockdown drags on in South Africa 10 June 2020, 3:45 PM

Hairdresser Beauty Matunhira arrives at her client’s home in Johannesburg armed with dye, relaxer and gel, ready to tackle her next case of lockdown hair.

Zoos and drive-in cinemas will be among English businesses reopening next Monday 10 June 2020, 12:06 AM

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will set out details on Wednesday of which sectors of the economy will be allowed to resume on June 15, including the reopening of zoos and drive-in cinemas in England.

Eiffel Tower in Paris to welcome back visitors on June 25 9 June 2020, 8:31 PM

The Eiffel Tower in Paris will reopen on June 25 from its longest closure since World War Two after being forced to shut for more than three months due to the coronavirus pandemic, the tower’s management said on Tuesday.

Premier Mabuyane urges government to ban alcohol sale in the Eastern Cape 9 June 2020, 1:39 PM

The Eastern Cape government has written to the national government, requesting it to prohibit the sale of alcohol in the province.

Britain’s Banksy depicts US flag on fire in Floyd tribute 8 June 2020, 9:37 PM

Reclusive British street artist Banksy published a new artwork online on Saturday which depicts the United States flag being set alight by a candle that forms part of a memorial to an anonymous, black, silhouetted figure.

Film-makers back to work in New Zealand after coronavirus 8 June 2020, 8:49 AM

New Zealand’s capital has had an extra buzz of excitement over the past week since Hollywood director James Cameron and his crew flew in to film the much-anticipated sequel of the epic science-fiction film “Avatar”.

June marks Ukhozi FM’s 60th anniversary 7 June 2020, 6:17 PM

Africa's biggest radio station, Ukhozi FM, celebrates its 60th anniversary in June.

‘Am I going to get shot?’ kids ask, as brands try to explain racism and violence to children 7 June 2020, 1:16 PM

For 8 minutes and 46 seconds - the time it took George Floyd, an unarmed black man, to die at the hands of Minneapolis police - cable TV kids channel Nickelodeon’s screen went black on Tuesday to sounds of inhaling and exhaling, as white text flashed “I can’t breathe.”

California says film and TV production can resume as early as June 12 7 June 2020, 4:00 AM

Film and TV cameras can start rolling in California as soon as June 12, state officials said on Friday as they approved new guidelines to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus on sets.

Gorilla Makokou back at the Joburg Zoo after trip to the vet 6 June 2020, 10:00 PM

The Johannesburg Zoo's male Gorilla Makokou is back home after a trip to a veterinary hospital.

FEATURE: Thabo Malema on the new enemy, his dream and COVID-19 6 June 2020, 3:46 PM

Creatives Under Lockdown is a SABC News feature which focuses on issues affecting artists. This week actor, Thabo Malema, shares his experiences of being part of local and international productions.

Religious leaders must ensure lockdown regulations are adhered to: SACC 6 June 2020, 9:38 AM

The South African Council of Churches (SACC) has called on religious leaders to ensure that lockdown regulations are adhered to by pastors and congregants.

‘Selma’ was snubbed at 2015 Oscars after cast protested police violence says actor 6 June 2020, 8:41 AM

The civil rights movie “Selma” was made free for rental on Friday, a day after actor David Oyelowo said Oscar voters had deliberately snubbed the film in 2015.

Ramaphosa concerned by surge in alcohol-related hospital cases 5 June 2020, 8:43 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa says he's concerned about the surge in alcohol-related hospital admissions, since the resumption of liquor sales.

Whoopi Goldberg teams with Extinction Rebellion for climate change movie 5 June 2020, 7:08 PM

American actress Whoopi Goldberg has leant her voice to an Extinction Rebellion animated film highlighting the precarious state of the planet’s natural environment.

Paris gallery keeps visitors apart with extension hats 5 June 2020, 12:08 PM

An art gallery in Paris has sought inspiration in ancient China to help it enforce social distancing, by providing hats with winged extensions for visitors.

Rivonia trialist Andrew Mlangeni turns 95-years-old on Saturday 5 June 2020, 11:24 AM

Anti-apartheid struggle stalwart and the last remaining ANC Rivonia trialist, Andrew Mlangeni, will turn 95-years-old on Saturday.

Social-distancing Greek style: shimmy and sing from your car 3 June 2020, 10:02 PM

Hundreds of Greeks danced and sang from their cars at a drive-in music concert, the first such event since the country banned mass gatherings to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

Coty in talks to collaborate with Kim Kardashian for cosmetics line 3 June 2020, 9:12 PM

Coty Inc (COTY.N) is in talks with reality TV star Kim Kardashian West over a potential collaboration for a beauty line, the cosmetics maker disclosed in a regulatory filing on Wednesday.

Warner Music strikes a chord in $1.9 billion US IPO 3 June 2020, 7:04 PM

Warner Music Group Corp WMG.O said on Wednesday it raised $1.93 billion in the biggest US initial public offering (IPO) so far in 2020, with the world’s third-largest recording label selling more shares than originally planned.

Caffeine calling: London phone boxes serve up coffee after lockdown 2 June 2020, 11:22 PM

Two of London’s famous red telephone boxes have been reborn as a coffee stall, and the owners say the lack of inside space that was a drawback when they opened a week before lockdown could now be an asset in a socially distanced capital.

Frequent testing, less contact recommended to get Hollywood cameras rolling again 2 June 2020, 9:50 PM

Hollywood studios and labor unions on Monday proposed extensive coronavirus testing and other safeguards to allow actors and crew members to resume movie and TV show production in the United States.

Langa teens use pedal power to earn pocket money 2 June 2020, 9:04 PM

Young people in Langa Township, in Cape Town, are putting their free time to good use and earning a little bit of money.

Gym owners calling on government to reopen their businesses 2 June 2020, 9:58 AM

Gym owners are calling on government to allow them to reopen their businesses under Level 3 of the national lockdown. Although exercise is now permitted from six o'clock in the morning until six at night, gyms remain closed.

RASA still pleads for sit-down restaurants to be allowed to reopen 2 June 2020, 9:22 AM

The Restaurant Association of South Africa (RASA) is still pleading with government to allow sit-down clients at recognised establishments that follow strict measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

MTV goes dark, record labels hit pause as US protests rage 1 June 2020, 11:05 PM

Youth television channel MTV and other stablemate channels said they will go dark around the world on Monday to mark the death in police custody of George Floyd, joining other US entertainment outlets in condemning racial inequality.

Zimbabwean film industry makes Netflix debut with “Cook Off” 1 June 2020, 4:47 PM

Zimbabwean film Cook Off, a romance about a struggling single mother who finds love during a cooking competition, premiered on Netflix on Monday, a debut that its makers hope will propel the country’s small film sector to global audiences.