The Good News edition: South Africans making us proud

Trevor Noah

Trevor Noah, the South African comedian with charm, intelligence and good looks, has won the whole world over. He made us proud when he was chosen to host The Daily Show in the US back in 2015, and again in 2018 when he was named one of the most influential people in the world by Time Magazine

And in the latest installment of ‘Trevor making SA proud’, he will be the first South African to host the 62nd Grammy Awards next year. The world is really his oyster, and we’re happy to say his journey started in sunny SA. 

Banyana Banyana

South Africa’s national women’s soccer team, Banyana Banyana, had us ululating with celebration after winning the Cosafa Women’s Championship title for the fourth time in a row. Banyana Banyana also holds the highest total wins in this Southern African tournament, with SEVEN titles to date. Plans are reportedly underway to ensure that Banyana Banyana receives equal pay to their male counterparts for their international wins.

Our science superhero

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s Dr Salim Abdool Karim! 

Epidemiologist, director of the Centre for the Aids Programme of Research in SA, chair of SA’s Covid-19 ministerial advisory committee, and all-round-good-guy, Dr Karim didn’t just spearhead SA’s scientific response to Covid-19 – he was also awarded this year’s hugely prestigious John Maddox Prize for “standing up for science during the coronavirus pandemic”. 

He shared the award with Dr Anthony Fauci, the internationally renowned US chief scientist on Covid-19. Dr Karim said he was “deeply honoured” to receive the prize alongside Dr Fauci, his friend and colleague. 

The judges said Dr Karim “has a reputation for clear and honest communication, something that has allowed him to generate public trust in fast-moving science. Respected for his international science advocacy, engaging with the media and the public has become integral to his role as a scientist.”

We couldn’t agree more.

Dancing during a pandemic?

Did you heed the call by President Cyril Ramaphosa to join the #JerusalemaDanceChallenge? It was the other thing that went viral this year, except this was a goodie. 

Thanks to an Angolan dance group, South African artists Master KG and Nomcebo Zikode’s song ‘Jerusalema’ spread across the world. The dance group choreographed a routine which helped the song go viral, and got the whole world jamming to this South African tune. It spread hope and cheer during the devastating year that was 2020. We’re just glad South Africa has a, uh, foot in it. 

This brief was originally published in the good news edition of The Wrap here.

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