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.
• South African opera diva’s big win in Moscow
The concept of ubuntu is complex, and is difficult to nail down. There is some consensus though, that it relates to how one operates in the world on a moral and humanitarian level. Practised with the good of all in mind, it can help individuals and the community.
• Hiking across South Africa to find ubuntu
Once a year, business executives swop their suits for Lycra and helmets, and get on their bikes to raise funds for the Mike Thomson Change a Life Cycle Tour, an initiative to raise funds for victims of crime. This year the tour starts and finishes in Swaziland.
• Improving lives with bicycles
Designer David Tlale was the first South African to show his collection at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York. He is now returning to the Big Apple for the third time, this time with his winter collection. He has also signed up an agency in the United States for his label, and soon will be looking for a showroom in New York.
• Fashion week wows Jozi