A place to call home

Repurposed shipping containers and green building methods have provided the space to set up a caring and nurturing environment for 80 orphaned and abandoned children. There is also opportunity for dignity through the home's environmental concerns.

Budget 2014: Increases in old age, child support grants

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced inflation-related increases in old age, disability, child support and foster care grants on Wednesday. South Africa's social assistance system, one of the largest in Africa, is the government's most direct means of combating poverty.

Project Dignity offers girls support and female health education

A very real, critical – but overlooked – problem led one KwaZulu-Natal mother to design an award-winning out of the box solution. Project Dignity supplies Subz packs to rural and poor schoolgirls across the country, along with an innovative education solution. The project is so successful, it is being expanded to other African countries.

Watch the State of the Nation Address 2014

Watch the video stream of South African President Jacob Zuma's 2014 State of the Nation Address at the opening of parliament in Cape Town on Thursday 13 February.

African cities join climate change fight at C40 summit

Africa produces the least amount of greenhouse gases, yet will bear the brunt of global climate change. At the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group summit in Johannesburg this week, mayor Parks Tau welcomed three new African megacities to the network, bringing the total to seven out of 66 world cities.

Thundafund makes crowd-funding rain in South Africa

Crowd-funding, an anarchical response to old capitalist, risk-averse big business, has taken off on rich countries like the US and UK. Now a Cape Town-based project called Thundafund has adapted the online crowd-funding model to successfully launch small South African start-ups.

Brand South Africa at the World Economic Forum in Davos

At the World Economic Forum's 2014 meeting in the Swiss town of Davos, Brand South Africa's high-powered delegation will spread the word to the world's elite that South Africa is a globally competitive nation, open for business. And now is the time to invest.

A vision for 2030: South Africa’s National Development Plan

Sixteen years. In that time South Africa will be a very different country, if the goals of Vision 2030, as set out in the National Development Plan, are met. The aim, among others, is to eliminate poverty and create 11-million jobs by the year 2030.