Space weather and solar flares have the potential to massively disrupt our planet's electronic, communication and power infrastructure. The South African National Space Agency's regional warning agency in Hermanus tracks the activity of the sun to forecast and help prevent these devastating superstorms.
In a poverty-stricken region of the Karoo desert, a massive new project is set to create jobs, generate renewable solar energy and draw tourists to the area. So big it will be visible from space, there will be nothing quite like the 66-hectare Giant Flag anywhere else on earth.
US-based blogger Ngozi Onuoha was part of a group of seven journalists from UK, US and China taken on a tour of Johannesburg and Cape Town by Brand South Africa earlier this year. This is what she found.
Rural health care workers in South Africa are a hardy, dedicated lot. They travel great distances and often have to make do with what they have at hand. But it also gives them a close bond with their patients and an insight into treating the whole person. These challenges make them better doctors, says Rural Doctor of the Year Jenny Nash.
Dr Buyisiwe Sondezi is a rare breed. The University of Johannesburg student overcame early stumbling blocks as a young learner to become the first woman in Africa to be awarded a doctoral degree in experimental physics of highly correlated matter.
Social media is democracy in action, and the government is quickly catching on to its cool factor – and its ability to build personal relationships between citizens and what has always been perceived as a monolithic, out of touch structure. Social media has its downfalls, but getting up close and personal with the electorate outweighs these.