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Friday afternoons are for sundowners with friends or colleagues. Saturdays? Maybe nursing a very hectic hangover. Sundays are for sleeping in and hoping you can recover before you have to go to work again. I get it, we’re all exhausted.

So I take it you’re not exactly sure what the Comrades buzz was all about this past weekend? Well, refill that coffee and read on…

1 The Comrades Marathon

The 93rd annual Comrades Marathon took place on 10 June 2018, with more than 20 000 runners testing their bodies to the limit in the ‘Ultimate Human Race’ over an excruciating 90km – running from Pietermaritzburg to Durban, and finishing at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Seven South African men were in the top 10 of the men’s race, and five South African women were in the top 10 of the women’s race.

The 2018 winner for the men’s race, Bongmusa Mthembu became the first South African since the late ’80s to win the Comrades back-to-back. Ann Ashworth, who claimed her maiden Comrades title, crossed the finish line at an impressive 6:10:04.

The women’s top 10

Ann Ashworth – South Africa

Gerda Steyn – South Africa

Alexandra Morozova – Russia

Tanith Maxwell – South Africa

Charne Bosman – South Africa

Sophia Sundberg – Sweden

Devon Yanko – US

Sarah Bard – US

Carla Molinaro – Britain

Yolande Maclean – South Africa

Congratulations to all the winners!

2 Andrew Garfield’s Tony Awards Speech Highlighted the LGBTQIA+ Community

We definitely needed Andrew to reiterate what every activist fights for: equal rights for everyone.

Andrew won Best Actor in a Play at the Tony Awards for Angels In America: Millennium Approaches and Perestroika. His moving acceptance speech shone a light on the LGBTQIA+ community, and he vehemently called out discrimination against the LGBTQIA+ community.

Here’s a part of his speech: This means a great deal. Thank you so much. At a moment in time when maybe the most important thing we remember right now is the sanctity of the human spirit, it is the profound privilege of my life to play Prior Walter in Angels In America because he represents the purest spirit of humanity and especially that of the LGBTQIA+ community. It is that spirit that says no to oppression, it is a spirit that says no to bigotry, no to shame, no to exclusion. It is a spirit that says we were all made perfectly, and we all belong. So I dedicate this award to the countless LGBTQIA+ who have fought and died to protect that spirit. To protect that message for the right to live and love as we are created to… We are all sacred. Let’s just bake a cake for everyone who wants a cake to be baked!’

The final part was a reference to the recent Supreme Court decision that ruled in favour of a bakery that refused to bake a cake for a gay wedding.

3 Ocean’s 8 Had a Strong Debut Weekend

The film boasts an all-female cast of thieves planning to pull off one of the greatest heists in history at one of the most exclusive events in the United States. The film – which stars Rihanna, Awkwafina, Mindy Kaling, Anne Hathaway, Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Sarah Paulson and Helena Bonham Carter – opened with an estimated $41,5-million at the box office. According to Variety, 69% of the audience members who saw the film were women.

You might consider a girls’ night out after watching the trailer:

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