Medical advances are making history, and people – and babies – are surviving extraordinary odds. Many of these ground-breaking medical techniques are mastered by doctors in South Africa. In some instances, they are showing the world the way.
Sub-Saharan Africa produces the same amount of energy as Spain – and excluding South Africa, less electricity than used by New York. But ambitious new power projects will soon light up the continent, and allow Africa to bypass the dirty old technologies that powered the growth of the developed world.
Kerosene is expensive and toxic. Until recently, it was one of the few options available to millions of Africans who are off the grid. But now solar lights are bringing clean, safe, affordable lighting to these homes for the first time.
A dozen robots exploring deep in the platinum mines of the North West province to make sure conditions are safe sounds like something out of Isaac Asimov's Robot novels. But the idea is becoming a reality thanks to a team of South African robotics engineers at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research.
A South African innovation is a world first. The Hygizone extraction system removes odours and bacteria directly from the toilet, making sanitation more hygienic and reducing reliance on ordinary cleaners and air fresheners. It's good for the world, your health, and your nose.
The first of the 64 huge antennae making up MeerKAT, South Africa's main component of the colossal Square Kilometre Array telescope, was unveiled on 27 March. We bring you 15 astonishing facts about the naming, size, complexity and astronomical accuracy of MeerKAT.