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JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 05: Luthando Lootlove Shosha during the Royal Soapie Awards at MGG Production in Linbro Park on September 05, 2020 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The awards recognize all major contributors to the South African Soap Opera industry.

South Africa's LootLove Takes Over as Host for Africa Now Radio

South African broadcaster and media personality, LootLove, will debut as host on Africa Now Radio this Sunday.

South African broadcaster and media personality, LootLove, has recently joined Apple Music's Africa Now Radio as the new host. Taking over from Nigeria's DJ Cuppy, who was the host last year, LootLove will debut this Sunday with an exciting episode just shortly after the music radio station celebrated its one-year anniversary. The radio station has been quite deliberate about spotlighting both emerging and veteran artists who are pivotal to the culture including the likes of Davido, Nasty C, Tiwa Savage and several others.

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In her first episode, LootLove will be in conversation with Grammy award-winning Beninese singer, Angélique Kidjo, about her upcoming album titled Mother Nature. The album is reportedly due to be released on June 18, 2021. The episode will also feature the five hottest African tracks at the moment as well as some of LootLove's favourite tracks from Apple Music's African playlists.

LootLove is certainly not new to the game. She comes from an extensive background in the television and broadcasting spaces. Currently, she is the host of SABC 3's Trending SA and in the past, has hosted SABC 1's Live Amp, Absolute Hip Hop alongside DJ Speedsta and The Come-Up on MTV, among several other shows.

Describing how she feels about taking over Apple Music's first global African music radio show, LootLove says:

"I am beyond elated to host Africa Now Radio. This is a big moment for the universal language that is music. A moment that continues to shine a light on our continent, my home country—South Africa—and on all the magical talent we have. I am looking forward to seeing more, experiencing more and learning more through the beauty of Africa's music. From the Cape to Cairo and to the rest of the world."

Africa Now Radio airs every Sunday on Apple Music 1 at various times.

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Vinegar Pap Smear Saving Women’s Lives In Malawi

This simple diagnostic test is giving hope to thousands of women in Malawi.

They say necessity is the mother of invention and in Malawi, the need for inexpensive Pap smears has resulted in a cost-effective and ingenious solution. Visual Inspection with Acetic Acid (VIA) is the only form of cervical cancer screening affordable to most underprivileged women in Malawi, according to reports.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) "19 of the top 20 countries with the highest cervical cancer burden were in sub-Saharan Africa in 2018." Eswatini had the highest incidences followed by Malawi.

The VIA is a simple diagnostic test that can be used to screen cervical cancer, as an alternative to Pap smear cytology, in low-resource countries," according to the Role of VIA in cervical cancer screening in low-resource countries - PubMed ( study.

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