Nelson Mandela inspired many people through his thoughts, words and deeds, not least among them a variety of musicians, from pop singers to opera composers. Songs calling for his freedom reverberated around the world in the 1980s; others celebrating his release inspire audiences still.
A new golden generation of top-flight football talent is taking Africa to the World Cup. The entire continent is again expected to get behind the Indomitable Lions, Super Eagles, Les Elephants, Black Stars, Desert Foxes and their young teams as they play for glory.
The hugely popular Waka Waka for the 2010 tournament in South Africa was the most commercially successful World Cup anthem ever. Catchy, vibrant, energetic and patriotic, it had all the elements needed for a stadium hit. Other anthems have not been as successful, though.
South Africa has gained international recognition as a movie shooting locale of choice; now, incentives lowering production and post-production costs for local and international moviemakers are boosting the industry's profits.
The next season of the award-winning American television series, Homeland, will be filmed in a city that is no stranger to awards itself. Shooting will run in Cape Town from mid-June to November. It is the latest in a long list of productions turning to the Mother City.
The murder trial of Oscar Pistorius is setting a precedent when it comes to press coverage of a criminal trial: never before has there been such interest in a court matter in South Africa. That reporters are allowed to live tweet from court, that cameras are allowed to film in the court building are big steps towards a more transparent, freer media.