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SA artists & musicians stranded in Turkey now back home


A group of SA artists and musicians, among 93 South Africans who were stranded in Turkey for two months after the announcement of the national lockdown, are back on home soil.

According to a joint statement issued by the department of sport, arts and culture, and the department of international relations and co-operation (Dirco), the group of 29 landed at the OR Tambo International Airport on Friday night.

“The group was meant to fly home, but flights were grounded due to the coronavirus pandemic. These artists are said to be from disadvantaged backgrounds and were unable to afford the airfares,” it read.

“The 29 artists were part of the 93 South Africans granted approval to board the flight to SA. They arrived last night and were taken to a government facility for mandatory quarantine. As the government, we are honoured to have played a role in showing care to our own. We are happy that our young practitioners will be back on home soil and soon reunited with their families.”

The flight, funded by the Turkish government, was part of a sustained effort by Dirco, which has seen nearly 5,000 South Africans returned from countries which span the globe.

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Majozi is famous for the comical role he plays as Sbusiso “Sbu” Rememberance Makhathini in the SABC1 drama series aired on weekdays at 20.30 pm. The much-liked and popular drama has since ran out of episodes because no shooting was taking place during the Coronavirus lockdown. continue reading

Source: Sowetan