To get a feel for the melting pot that is Johannesburg and the ever-vibrant Soweto, journalists from China, Africa and South Africa took a tour of the city and its huge neighbour ahead of the FOCAC summit. It will culminate in a meeting between the South African and Chinese heads of state.
Research into perceptions of South Africa in the rest of Africa found nation brand reputational strengths in culture, music, business sophistication, infrastructure and political management of democratic transitions. But South Africans were also perceived as imposing and aggressive.
Over a million rand is up for grabs to winners of the Anzisha Prize. Weeklong training in Johannesburg is planned for the 12 young African entrepreneurs, who range in age from 18 to 22, shortlisted for the prize before the awards ceremony. Training includes entrepreneurial leadership, mentorship and a significant transfer of skills.
The team at Dyer Island Conservation Trust knows that it takes a community to protect marine life and heritage; it is not a job for one organisation. The Western Cape group engages with local communities and tourists, teaching them about how to save our oceans and its creatures.
Finance Minister Nhalnhla Nene said government's reduction in spending since 2013 is starting to bear fruit with less money going to consultants and caterers. It has freed up funds that is now being allocated to more important areas such as basic education and health. Here are the numbers that show government is spending in the right places.
Our taxes pay for many things we take for granted: roads, defence, civic services. But a large chunk also helps support those in need – children, the poor, the elderly, the disabled and even war veterans. Social assistance is an important part of South Africa's strategy to fight poverty, inequality and unemployment. Here's a breakdown of how your taxes help those in need.