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You South Africa 10/8/2020

You has a simple recipe for success – spoil your readers and give them exactly what they want. It’s part of everyday life for more than 2 million English-speaking South Africans, filled with excellent articles which interest, inform and touch readers. There are human dramas, medical and scientific discoveries, general interest news, consumer issues, fashion and glamour. And don’t forget the interesting fiction, sport, motoring news, craftwork, recipes, home and school projects, crosswords and exciting competitions. It’s an irresistible combination, and everything is presented in a well-finished, colourful magazine.

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in this issue

3 min
q&a with icona pop

The Swedish electro-pop duo broke into the pop scene with their smash hit I Love It and they’ve just dropped a new song, Feels in My Body. We caught up with Icona Pop’s Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo. What inspired Feels in My Body? It’s about the feeling of becoming one with the music – that feeling of pure happiness and freedom. It’s kind of like when you’re on your way home from the party and others are on their way to work and you’re trying to find someone to share that moment with. I Love It was a huge hit. What was that song about? It’s a love story gone sour, and [that point] when you finally start to feel angry and stronger instead of sad. Love can do crazy things with…

2 min
at the cinema

TENET Sci-fi action. With John David Washington and Robert Pattinson. Director: Christopher Nolan. 16LPV. Admired for his sophisticated action films with complex plots and grand philosophical themes, Nolan (Inception, Dunkirk) is one of the few directors who still makes original movies on a large scale. Unfortunately, it seems that with Tenet his focus on tricksy chronology and unusual visuals has left basic elements such as character development and emotional engagement by the wayside. It’s great that Tenet stars Nolan’s first black lead actor, and Washington (BlacKkKlansman) does what he can with blank slate The Protagonist, a CIA agent recruited to find the origin of “inverted” bullets that move backwards instead of forwards in time. Teaming up with the enigmatic Neil (Pattin-son), his search leads to Russian oligarch Andrei Sator (Kenneth Branagh) and…

2 min
looking for lockdown positives

I read with interest one of your reader’s letters describing how lockdown had affected her life in a positive way. She mentioned losing her job and as a result embarked on a home industry (YOU Say, 17 September). Admirable. I also dug deep into my resources in this time. I began to do my own baking and prepared most of my meals myself instead of buying takeout or going to restaurants. I also resumed hobbies and interests – painting, drawing, writing – that had been put on the back burner due to other pre-lockdown commitments. I learnt to give myself a pedicure. That isn’t to say I didn’t have a low point. But then I thought of less fortunate people and this brought things back into perspective. JUSTINE, JOHANNESBURG While I’m glad the country has…

1 min
ancient coffins found in egypt

ARCHAEOLOGISTS have discovered 27 sarcophagi (plural of sarcophagus – see Word of the Week) in Saqqara, Egypt. Experts says it’s the largest discovery of its kind to date. Saqqara is about 30km south of the country’s current capital, Cairo, and for more than 3 000 years it was used as a burial ground for Memphis, capital of Ancient Egypt. The ancient cemetery is a Unesco World Heritage Site. The new find was made in an 11m-deep well at a sacred site in Saqqara. Archaeologists are still busy with excavations to learn more about the coffins and how old they are. So far it seems the coffins were completely sealed and hadn’t been opened since they were buried. They’re made mostly of wood and decorated with colourful drawings. Other artefacts (ancient objects) were also discovered in…

1 min
this week in history

☛4 OCTOBER 1929 TABLE MOUNTAIN CABLEWAY INAUGURATED The idea of a cableway that would take people to the top of Table Mountain in Cape Town was suggested in 1926 by Trygve Stromsoe, a Norwegian engineer. Building took two years and was completed in 1929 at a cost of £60 000 (more than R82 million in today’s money). Businessman Sir David Graaff and mining magnate Sir Ernest Oppenheimer donated much of the money. The Cape Town mayor at the time, AJS Lewis, officially opened the cableway on 4 October. Since then the cableway has been upgraded three times – in 1958, 1974 and 1997 (when revolving cable cars were installed). Each upgrade was also launched on 4 October. Travelling by cableway, today’s visitors take just four to five minutes to go from a height…

3 min
sa’s covid-19 app

WHEN President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation last month to announce level 1 of lockdown, he asked everybody to download the Covid Alert SA app. The app lets South African users know if they’ve been in close proximity of someone who has Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, so we can avoid spreading the virus to other people. “Contact tracing is an important preventative measure to protect yourself and your close family and friends,” the president said. The app was designed by Discovery on behalf of the health department. It uses technology already built into Android and Apple devices. Many other countries have their own tracing apps that use the same technology. How does the app work? You download the app and turn on your phone’s Bluetooth. The phone uses Bluetooth to measure the…