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.
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.
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.
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.
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'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.
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 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.
With canoe-cracking rocks, steaming rapids, broiling heat and arduous terrain, the Dusi Canoe Marathon makes for a race that truly tests mental and physical strength. The 62-year-old competition still attracts serious endurance athletes and old warriors.