There’s enough doom and gloom out there already, so why not give yourself a break heading into the weekend, and take in some of the ‘good news’ stories that made headlines over the past few days? Honestly, it’s good for the soul…
THE GOOD NEWS ROUND-UP FOR SATURDAY 19 FEBRUARY:
A 67-year-old businessman from Ballito in KwaZulu-Natal is laughing all the way to the bank after managing to bag the whopping R167 million Powerball jackpot.
The National Lottery Operator Ithuba confirmed the man is KZN’s newest overnight millionaire on Wednesday, 16 February 2022. He won the jackpot from the Powerball draw on Friday. The man spent R150 and opted for a quick-pick, which chooses the numbers automatically. He has told Ithuba that he has no plans to dramatically change his life, but will be doing a lot more travelling.
“This is the second-highest PowerBall jackpot win since February 2019 when we had a R232 million winner. In July 2021, we also had a R158 million jackpot winner,” Ithuba CEO Charmaine Mabuza said.
It was the mother of all Hip Hop reunions at the Super Bow Halftime Show this past Sunday (South Africans only managed to catch the performance in the wee hours of Monday) After several years of grappling with racial controversies, the National Football League (NFL) finally showcased black music by having rap legends hit the stage during the biggest night in American sports.
Dr Dre led the show, opening with The Next Episode featuring Snoop Dogg and several other hits of theirs. Mary J Blige also performed her hits Family Affair and No More Drama while Eminem performed Forgot About Dre. Kendrick Lamar then chimed in with Alright. The halftime show was nothing short of iconic, just like The Weeknd’s performance last year.
American talk show host Wendy Williams has told fans who were concerned about her health that she is plotting an epic comeback on her popular show. Williams last appeared on the show in July 2021 to address some of her health challenges. Well, this is certainly good news for her fans.
The 57-year-old posted a video on Instagram, much to the relief of her fans who have been sending their love and prayers to her amid claims she has ongoing mental health struggles.
Williams has quite the fanbase here in South Africa with her show The Wendy Williams Show airing airing everyday on DSTV’s BET channel.
More good news for South Africans: Communications Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni has announced that every household will soon be getting 10GB of free data. Speaking during the State of the Nation Address (SONA) Debate earlier this week, the minister said data – which has become a basic need – will be provided to both the rich and the poor, but it isn’t clear when all this will happen.
It’s no secret that South Africa has one of the highest data costs in the entire continent.
“At some point, SA households — despite whether you are rich or poor, whether you are employed or unemployed — will have access to 10GB per month without failure because that’s what this government will deliver,” the minister said.