Dominating Pretoria's skyline, the Union Buildings have seen administrations come and go, and paid witness to political protests and declarations of social unity. The building has now been recognised as a pivotal spot in South African history, and is officially a national heritage site.
Teaching children in a language they don't speak at home hampers their progress: by grade 6, less than 1% of kids learning in a second language cope with school, with many struggling with the basics of reading. At the Shine Centre, a small yet determined group of volunteers is finding a way out of the gloom.
Over the past decade, the Dubai International Film Festival has raised the profile of cinema arts, drawing Hollywood mega-stars and new and contemporary voices from Africa and Asia. This year is no different, with several films from Africa on the programme.
Anita Pouroulis was a school teacher and then a mother, using these experiences to write her children's books. And it has paid off: Pouroulis won the Best World Children's Book Award at the China Children's Book Fair in Shanghai.
The Jameson First Shot competition affords winning scriptwriters the chance to work with Hollywood heavyweights to bring their stories to the silver screen. Entries are open for the 2014 competition, and winners will rub shoulders with screen greats Uma Thurman and Kevin Spacey.