The oldest visible meteor crater on earth. The island prison that held Nelson Mandela. The remains of an ancient African city state. Evidence of the earliest humans, and the richest and most beautiful collection of cave paintings south of the Sahara. South Africa is home to eight Unesco World Heritage Sites.
A Cape ganglands coming-of-age thriller 'Four Corners', directed by South African director Ian Gabriel, is being touted as a serious contender in the best foreign language category for the 2014 Oscars. Filmed on the Cape Flats using members of the community as well as professional actors, the film has been selected as the official South African submission at the 86th Academy Awards.
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.