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South Africa's coronavirus cases have passed the 10,000 mark. The country eased off on the lockdown, allowing other industries to re-open, but they must still adhere to level 4 lockdown regulations.

Kissing Won’t Be Allowed on South African TV Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

To combat the spread of the coronavirus, there won't be any kissing on South African TV.

As part of the country's ongoing Covid-19 national lockdown, kissing or facial intimacy in any performance won't be allowed on South African TV, City Press reports.


The country's film and TV industry was last week given the go-ahead by the government to resume production following a month-long suspension. The industry had been forced to go on a hiatus just like most "non-essential" sectors in the country to slow down the spread of the coronavirus which causes Covid-19.

But, after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced he would be slowly re-opening the economy, a number of industries were allowed to re-open in what is known as level four of the lockdown. Those industries are still required to adhere to strict lockdown rules and regulations.

As a result, a maximum of 50 people will be allowed on set including cast members, and masks are to be used on set.

South African actress Asavela Mngqithi told City Press that working under the current restrictions didn't feel normal at all.

"They have very strict rules on set and it's weird working with masks and keeping social distance, but it feels good to be back at work. We all have to learn to work safely and to protect each other," Mngqithi was quoted by City Press as saying.

South Africa is currently standing at more than 10,000 cases of the virus, the death toll stands at 194, and there have been 4,173 recoveries to date.


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Angélique Kidjo on Africa Day: 'We demand not to be at the mercy of our circumstances anymore.'

We speak to the inimitable Angélique Kidjo who shares some of her refreshing thoughts on Africa Day.

Today is Africa Day and while primarily a commemoration of the formation of the African Union (AU) back in 1963, it has also become an opportunity to unapologetically celebrate Africa while providing a moment for reflection on how far we've come as a continent and as a people.

With this year's theme focused on "Silencing the Guns in the context of the COVID19", there has never been a more important time for deep reflection on our collective present and future as Africans.

And who better to share in that reflection than the legendary and inimitable Beninese musician Angélique Kidjo? A fierce African and artist who has paved the way for many of her contemporaries including Burna Boy, Davido, Thandiswa Mazwai, and several others, the four-time Grammy award winner emphasises the urgent need for unity among Africans. 'It's about time that people start realising that Africa is a continent. I've been saying this my entire career,' she says passionately.

OkayAfrica spoke briefly to Kidjo who shared some of her refreshing thoughts on this year's Africa Day.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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