Artist Nelson Makamo. Picture: Moeletsi Mabe
Artist Nelson Makamo. Picture: Moeletsi Mabe

1. Good Covid news?

Not to tempt things, but the tide may just be turning on the coronavirus front. Two pharmaceutical giants have now reported positive trial data in their race to find a vaccine.

Pfizer was first out of the gates when it announced that early numbers showed its vaccine had a protection rate of 90%. Now US biotech company Moderna has announced its experimental vaccine is 94.5% effective. It’s early days testing-wise, but we live in hope.

2. Joburg’s new art space

Joburgers are buzzing over the opening of a new inner-city art setup. Botho Project Space, located in industrial Selby, is a pan-African visual arts platform developed by and for artists. But here’s the kicker: it’s co-owned by top local artist Nelson Makamo. Even art novices will know Makamo for his work on the cover of Time magazine in February 2019.

The space’s debut show is a solo exhibition of the artist’s work. Titled Botho, Motho, Batho, it’s a celebration of his 15-year career. It will run until January 2021.

3. Royals back on the box

Season 4 of Netflix’s wildly popular The Crown launched this week. It’s the latest instalment in the story of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and her family — and rumour has it the real royals aren’t fans at all.

The new episodes see the arrival of Lady Diana Spencer, played by newcomer Emma Corrin. Her wardrobe already has everyone talking — that, and her roller-skating around Buckingham Palace.

The show is worth a watch for its re-creations of her outfits, but if you need more, Netflix and the Brooklyn Museum have curated a virtual exhibition of the show’s most iconic costumes, including the late princess’s meringue of a wedding dress.

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