The old Premier Mill silos in Newtown have been repurposed, and now wear a four-storey hat of recycled shipping containers. The freshly made-over structure offers unusual accommodation for the city's large student population, and carries the hope that the new residents will bring their youth, energy and vibrancy back into the inner city.
Music, art and film will feature in a three-week long festival focusing on South Africa at the famous Carnegie Hall in New York City. It will feature renowned artists like Hugh Masekela and Abdullah Ibrahim, as well as sopranos making their New York debuts.
Students and teachers are drawn from across southern Africa and beyond to the unusual school in rural North West Province. Counting among its alumni the Botswana elite and more than one president, Tiger Kloof's history reflects the history of South Africa – and its new dawn.
A new South African TV ad for Bell's Whisky that tells the story of an old man learning to read has won kudos from the international media as "more heartwarming than most Super Bowl commercials", "the most inspiring ad of the new year", and "the best commercial for literacy (and scotch) ever made".
Music is best experienced live, says veteran South African blues guitarist Dan Patlansky, whose "raw, open expanse of sound" will be on stage to support American rocker Bruce Springsteen in front of 80 000 fans at Johannesburg's FNB Stadium this weekend.
An African Union Human Rights Memorial is mooted for the AU's headquarters, on the site of the notorious Alem Bekagn prison in Addis Ababa. It will serve as a symbol of the collective commitment of African citizens and states to renounce complicity or indifference in the face of threats to fundamental human rights anywhere in Africa, according to delegates at a dialogue in Joburg.
The unusual Ponte City that towers over Hillbrow has had a chequered history. Once home to the elite hip white city folk, it fell into disrepair. It became a vertical slum, notorious for its crime-infested corridors. But it has been given a new lease of life, and is an example of workable urban regeneration.