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  • South African captains Costa Concordia's final voyage

    The cruise liner was finally floated off the reef where she was wrecked, on the shores of an Italian island, and began the long journey home. She is being towed to Genoa, where she will be scrapped. It has been the longest and most expensive marine salvage operation in history, captained by master South African salvager, Nicholas Sloane.

  • Knowing Mandela: a short book about a big man

    John Carlin's Knowing Mandela follows Madiba on his release from prison through to the first years of his presidency from 1990 to 1995. He records, eloquently, how South Africa's first democratically elected president tackled the daunting obstacle of keeping the peace while bringing a divided nation together.

  • Multimedia: South Africa, the United Nations and apartheid

    It is now 20 years since South Africa, on 23 June 1994, resumed its place in the United Nations after the end of apartheid. With video and unique archival photographs, we look at the UN's role in fighting apartheid over almost seven decades.

  • Edu Fun spreads the love in Diepsloot

    A decade ago, a group of volunteers – many of them ex-pats – took up the challenge to improve the chances of the underprivileged children of Diepsloot. Edu Fun still brings fun to education and hope for a brighter future to the school.

  • The Bag Factory: nurturing South African art since 1991

    For over two decades the Bag Factory in downtown Joburg has helped develop South African art with residency programmes in its 16 studios, where both young and experienced artists can collaborate, share ideas or simply inspire each other.

  • Music made for Mandela

    Nelson Mandela inspired many people through his thoughts, words and deeds, not least among them a variety of musicians, from pop singers to opera composers. Songs calling for his freedom reverberated around the world in the 1980s; others celebrating his release inspire audiences still.

  • G20: Africa's growth can stabilise the world economy

    As the economies of Europe and North America wane, Africa is seen as a new centre of demand. This idea drives Australia's five-point Brisbane Action Plan, as it helms the G20 for 2014, to stabilise the world's economy and lift the continent out of poverty.

  • Small businesses compete for seat on UK plane

    Up and coming businesses are in the final leg of the selection process for the Medo International Trade Programme, which will take them on a steep learning curve in the United Kingdom. On the trip, they will be exposed to what it takes to be a world-class player in a competitive field.

  • SA couple row across the world

    One man, one woman, one rowing boat, and a vast ocean – South African adventurer Riaan Manser and his fiancée, Vasti Geldenhuys, are the first people to row from mainland Africa to mainland United States on their TakeMe2NY voyage. It was a gruelling four-and-a-half months, but as they say, "You gotta wanna".

  • Joburg to produce its own electricity from landfill

    Gas is flared at Robinson Deep, Johannesburg's biggest landfill, and at Marie Louise, another of its five sites. But generators will be installed this year at the former to turn the methane into power. When all its landfills are all online, it will produce enough power to supply 12 500 middle-income households.

  • Freedom Challenge tests athletes' limits

    While most people are tucked up warmly indoors during winter, a group of dedicated extreme athletes is out riding the Freedom Challenge. The mountain bike race takes riders more than 2 000 kilometres across some of South Africa's harshest but most beautiful scenery.

  • World Bank investment in Africa at record levels

    The World Bank Group has announced it spent a whopping US15.3-billion on development projects in sub-Saharan Africa during the financial year from July 2013 to June 2014 – a new record – most of it in zero-interest credits and grants from the International Development Association, the bank's fund for the poorest countries.