Mainstream news is the news that is able to influence many people at once and shapes the thoughts of those who read it. In mainstream journalism, soft news is also just as important as political news. Briefly.co.za gathered the top mainstream stories on the site in 2020.
News stories influence people differently all over the world but it is the stories that have the capacity to influence many at once that keep people informed. Briefly.co.za takes a look at the top three mainstream stories on Briefly News in 2020.
1. Graves submerged in the Vaal Dam
The Vaal Dam is used to supply many people in South Africa with water. It came as a shock when it was discovered that there were graves submerged in the dam. Photos had been circulating online of the graves and it was soon confirmed to be true.
Africa Check looked into the matter and determined that much to everyone's horror, this claim is actually true.
2. R500 billion in Covid funds looted
When the Coronavirus pandemic hit South Africa, many were filled with panic about what to do next. People lost their jobs and many lost their lives. In an effort to provide relief to South Africans, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the country had allocated R500 billion to fight the pandemic.
Just weeks after the president's announcement, an inquiry was made into the funds after alleged looting. The cabinet announced that nobody was above the law and whoever was involved in looting the funds would face the consequences.
3. King Monada built a mansion for his two wives
King Monada is one of Mzansi's favourite musicians and he is famously married to two women. The star decided to do the most for his wives and started building them a mansion in rural Limpopo.
King Monada told Elegance7: “People might judge me for building such a huge house in a village that is still developing, but this is my children’s home."
In other mainstream news, Briefly.co.za reported on Ramaphosa's New Year's Message. President Cyril Ramapohsa shared a New Year's message with South Africa, discussing how South Africa has made it through an incredibly difficult time as Covid-19 had caused untold damage to South Africa.
However, he said that this has shown how South Africans can work together and help each other through a difficult time, showing the true meaning of ubuntu.
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