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Drum English 7/9/2020

In the 1950's, DRUM was a pioneer of black journalism bringing together courageous investigative journalism and cutting-edge photojournalism for Africa. But DRUM isn't just about history. South Africa has changed a lot in the last 50 years, and DRUM has kept pace with these changes. Today it is a thoroughly modern magazine in touch with its readers. Our recipe for success is simple but effective: we give our readers what they want.

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in this issue

1 min
stay vigilant

THE strict level 5 lockdown resulted in many people starving and the government faced pressure from all sectors to reopen the economy. At level 3, many businesses were opened but social distancing measures were compromised. If President Cyril Ramaphosa is perceived as prioritising the economy over people’s health, it’s probably because some people are starving. Political leaders who blame the president for rushing to open the economy live comfortably. They have no idea how difficult life is for people who live from hand-to-mouth, especially those who were relying on food parcel programmes which proved to be a failure. I urge all political and religious leaders to spread the word about remaining vigilant against Covid-19. MATOME KUBU, EMAIL THE WINNING LETTER RECEIVES R300. Letters should be about 100 words. Write to us at PO Box 653284, Benmore 2010,…

5 min
ed’s note

TREASURE YOUR LOVED ONES COVID-19 has really taught us to appreciate what we have. Freedom to move around, the ability to buy our favourite drink, getting back to work without being stopped by the authorities … These are all things we took for granted before. But, mostly, what it has made us do is appreciate our loved ones so much more. The way this virus is ripping through our communities is terrifying. For a Cape Town couple, it ended tragically – and their only child is left behind, alone in self-isolation as she herself fights off the virus. Turn to page 10 to find out more about this sad story. We hope you’re treasuring your loved ones every minute of every day. The time we have together is precious. Until next week,THE DRUM TEAM We would…

1 min
your opinions

Ntando Duma is one of several new cast members joining popular Mzansi Magic telenovela The Queen. DRUM readers shared their thoughts. She is one lucky lady. This one, she never runs out of jobs. DIDI MASH Indeed, this one is very lucky. LUYANDA MHLABA She is a real hustler, this one! SUNSHINE BENGU I think she was better in Rhythm City, but we will see. I expect more celebrities will be hired and fired. Anyway, congratulations Ntando my love. All the best! BONGIWE CLEOPATRA NGOWAPI They can have the best actors and the biggest names, but if the script and storylines are s**t, they will still lose viewers. MAKGOLA LEHONG You go, gal! VINOLIA MAHLAKO…

1 min
new from drum!

DRUM BEST RECIPES: BUDGET COOKING Who says you can’t have steak on a budget? The recipes in this collection are easy on the purse and big on flavour. Some meals can also be made in just 30 minutes or less. There’s also cooking advice as well as budget tips such as how to best use affordable meat cuts and freezing leftovers. DRUM WORD SEARCH The third issue of DRUM Word Search offers fun for the entire family. There’s a great mix of themes to enjoy such as celebrities, desserts, islands and more! There’s also a section for kids with topics ranging from birthday fun to fun with opposites. Get your copy of these magazines in stores now or order from Johan Terblanche on 021-406-4962 or johan.terblanche@media24.com SAY GOODBYE TO LOCKDOWN BOREDOM Here it is, the answer…

5 min
i’m back & better!

WHEN she burst onto the music scene, she could do no wrong. She was a talented, young musician and dancer in a genre that was mostly dominated by men, and she was making her mark. Her performances were often sold out; her breakout song, Wololo, quickly turned into an anthem; and South African men declared her “the nation’s girlfriend”. It wasn’t long before she became known as the queen of gqom. Then, just as her star was reaching the top, Babes Wodumo started slipping. Missed performances here and there, then rumours of drug use and the big abuse claims against her manager and boyfriend Mandla “Mampintsha” Maphumulo (37). Now Babes’ name is associated with controversy. And things didn’t improve after her recent interview with Kwa Mam’Mkhize reality TV star Tha Simelane, where Babes opened up…

6 min
homegrown heroes

THE sight of a hypodermic needle hovering over your skin is enough to give anyone cold shivers, but what if you knew it contained a brand-new vaccine that hasn’t been tested on humans before? That’s a whole other level of scary. But when Nosisi Ngqiba heard local scientists needed volunteers to take part in Africa’s first clinical trial to test a potential Covid-19 vaccine, she didn’t hesitate. For months the Soweto gogo had been itching to do something to help fight the virus and now she finally had her chance. Nosisi (55), who’s a cleaning staff supervisor at a Joburg rehab centre, is in good spirits as she chats to us just days after having the jab at a secret location in Gauteng. “The only side-effect I’ve experienced so far is pain in…