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South African Competitiveness Forum
  • Ubuntu comes to the Big Apple

    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.

  • Madiba's Robben Island prints fetch R240 000

    A set of five limited-edition lithographs of Robben Island prison scenes painted from memory by Nelson Mandela over 13 years ago have fetched £13 500 – over R240 000 – at Bellmans Auctioneers in England.

  • Documentaries celebrate the making of South Africa's rainbow nation

    "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.

  • The battle against Big Pharma for cheap drugs

    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.

  • Joburg: A city of stories

    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.

  • Journalists turn to data to make sense of the world

    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.

  • What makes South African cities competitive?

    When it comes to their competitiveness, South Africa's biggest cities fare well against other emerging metros. But they have a tough battle to reach the same levels as some of the world's most developed regions. Yet Cape Town, Johannesburg, Nelson Mandela Bay and Durban have plenty of strengths in their favour.

  • South Africa must work hard to raise rankings internationally

    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.

  • Global travellers rate South Africa tops in Condé Nast awards

    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 doctors are a prescription for good health

    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.

  • Africa's economic rise is real – EY report

    Despite clear evidence of sustained progress, many remain sceptical about Africa. A new report by Ernst and Young highlights the continent's tremendous economic progress over the past two decades with the message: Africa's rise is real.