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  • Pavement Bookworm 'just wants to tell stories'

    Philani Dladla is a well-known feature of Joburg's streets. The Pavement Bookworm reads books and gives reviews to passers-by. If they like the review, they buy the book. This way, he pays rent and buys food. But his bigger goal is promoting literacy among children.

  • Archive: Nelson Mandela at Davos

    The World Economic Forum has unearthed historic photographs of Nelson Mandela at its annual meeting in Davos: in 1992, two years before he became South Africa's first democratically elected president, and 1999, the final year of his presidency.

  • Eighteen years of the world's best Constitution

    It's the "most admirable Constitution in the history of the world", according to Harvard law scholar Cass Sunstein. US Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg describes it as "a great piece of work". It's the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, which became the highest law of the land on 10 December 1996.

  • The National Development Plan: a vision for 2030

    As Team South Africa takes the story of South Africa's successes and challenges to the World Economic Forum in Davos this month, we unpack a key part of the message they will bring to global leaders: the National Development Plan, and what it means for the country's future.

  • Learn the language of South African football

    Bazooka, shibobo, tsamaya … As the continent comes together for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea this month, we bring you an insider's guide to the unique lingo of South African football fans.

  • Youth vlog the South African story

    As download speeds in South Africa increase, and as technology becomes more widely available, more and more people – youngsters in particular – are turning to vlogging as a way of expressing their opinions and commenting on their world. You can watch anything from makeup tips to cat videos.

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  • Infographics: Load shedding and electricity supply

    What is load shedding? How does Eskom balance electricity supply and demand? How much power do different appliances use? What precautions should I take? As South Africa enters another period of tight electricity supply, power utility Eskom has produced a series of handy infographics to answer these and other questions.

  • South Africa is a leader in many fields

    South Africa's membership of the Brics group of emerging powers has been criticised – mostly based on the small size of its market. But the country punches above its weight, with the world's largest mineral resources and sound financial standing. These strengths underscore its value to the Brics' development bank.

  • Watch: The Life Project - South Africa in 11 minutes

    American exchange student Brendan Coli spent four months in South Africa in 2014, during which he filmed video every day. He has compressed his footage into a remarkable 11-minute 30-second video that reveals the remarkable character of the country, through an outsider's eyes.

  • Power ships may ease South Africa's energy woes

    Power ships are proving to be a quick-fix temporary solution to electricity constraints around the world. In Africa, they are used to good effect in Ghana. The floating power stations are either anchored off shore or moored at quayside and transmit power through cables or transmission lines.

  • Mobile money is transforming Africa's economy

    A "disruptive innovation", mobile bank accounts have taken off across Africa, particularly in Kenya, where the alternative to traditional banking has spread rapidly and outstrips technology available in the US and Europe.