South Africa's pioneering black writer, politician and polymath Sol T Plaatje was born 140 years ago this month, on 9 October 1876. This year also marks the centenary of his most important non-fiction work, Native Life in South Africa, which exposed the catastrophe wrought on the country by the 1913 Natives’ Land Act.
St George's Brass Band keep time at the matches played at the historic St George's Park in South Africa's "biggest little city", Port Elizabeth. With a repertoire ranging from orchestral pieces, calypso and jazz, they are, says band leader Jonathan Africa, unique in the cricketing world.
South Africans have long had a love affair with cooking over flames. A new restaurant in Johannesburg, Marble, captures that essence by cooking most things – from meat to veggies and bread – on an open fire, in a kitchen open to diners’ view. Acclaimed chef David Higgs and his business partner, Gary Kyriacou, opened their doors in August.
Cape Malay cooking has left its unique mark on South Africa's collective heritage. It is known and loved across the country. Cariema Isaacs, author of Cooking for my Father in My Cape Malay Kitchen, gives deeper insight into this cuisine and its history.
Ahead of this year's Olympic Games, we look back at South Africa's highlights in the global sporting competition. Following its readmittance to international sport in 1992, South Africa has steadily improved its medal tally.