Only two of the statues outside Westminster are not of British leaders, and both are South African. After President Jacob Zuma’s state visit to the UK, John Battersby reflects on the long and deep relationship between the two countries.
• Gallery: Zuma's UK state visit
President Jacob Zuma will visit the United Kingdom at the invitation of Queen Elizabeth II. He is expected to discuss bilateral trade and issues of mutual interest with the Queen and Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
• South Africa, Brazil cement ties
• Budget big on education, jobs
New national treatment guidelines are set to make the world’s largest antiretroviral programme even bigger as South Africa extends treatment to more HIV-positive infants, pregnant women and people with HIV-TB co-infection.
• Bold new HIV/Aids plan for SA
The development of footballers at school level in South Africa has received a major boost with an injection of a R30-million (US$3.9-million) sponsorship into the Sanlam Kay Motsepe Schools Cup, an annual tournament.
• Nestlé nurtures future footballers