There is no society that has as much wealth, culturally and musically, as South Africa, says Hugh Masekela. That incredible richness and extraordinary diversity is explored and honoured in Ubuntu: Music and Arts of South Africa, a month-long arts and culture festival hosted by New York City's landmark Carnegie Hall.
"The history of our country is characterised by too much forgetting," Nelson Mandela once lamented. The new Rainbow Makers series of documentaries aims to both help us remember the extraordinary stories, often untold, that shaped our road to democracy – and celebrate our 20 years of freedom.
Drug makers are fighting attempts to change the patent laws in South Africa that would allow cheaper generics on to the market – life-saving medication to treat life-threatening diseases. There is precedent for the country, however, in a ruling by the Indian Supreme Court over the patent for cancer drug Gleevec.
Storytelling is the new rock n roll, says Rian Malan. Known for his own expert storytelling, his latest project, with Ann Toerien, is bringing out the stories of Johannesburg. Invited artists will tell their tales of the city of gold in The Unbelievable Truth, four themed evenings about life in Jozi.
It is a brave new media world, and data is increasingly assuming the throne when it comes to interpreting the world and telling its stories to the public. But South African publishers, squeezed by financial pressures, have taken a backseat compared to other African countries. The tried and tested is easier, says Siyabonga Africa.
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South Africa places highly in several international rankings on competitiveness and governance, but some sticking points keep it back, most notably that it is a country of economic extremes. The National Development Plan aims to overturn this status and bring equality; such a change will have a knock-on effect on competitiveness.
South Africa punches well above its weight in international luxury travel, according to year's prestigious Condé Nast Traveler Reader's Choice Awards: the country garnered the top spot in the best 100 hotels and resorts, and Cape Town was voted fourth out of the world's 25 must-see cities.
Rural health care workers in South Africa are a hardy, dedicated lot. They travel great distances and often have to make do with what they have at hand. But it also gives them a close bond with their patients and an insight into treating the whole person. These challenges make them better doctors, says Rural Doctor of the Year Jenny Nash.
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.