South Africa-based Gift of the Givers is racing against time to get much-needed medical and food supplies to victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. The organisation will also send medical and clean-up teams to the disaster-ridden area.
South African R&B star Loyiso Bala is using his talent to champion good causes. Already a Mandela 46664 ambassador, the singer has been appointed South African UNAids Goodwill Ambassador, a job in which he will help fight violence against women and discrimination against people with HIV and Aids.
From a forgotten township in Mpumalanga to the venerable La Scala in Milan, soprano Pretty Yende has travelled an astonishing journey – and she is only 28. Hers is an extraordinary story of talent, hard work and determination.
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