Cementing peace in the DRC

With the predominantly Tutsi rebel group M23 routed and vowing to disarm, attention is shifting to how to cement and extend peace across eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and ease the decades-long suffering and deprivation of millions of civilians.

Uplifting lives in Madagascar

Family planning is key to Madagascar’s new drive to speed up development on the island.

Zimbabwe’s turning point?

Zimbabwe may have reached a watershed with the seemingly innocent decision to allow its people to use any currency of their choice in their daily lives – South African rands, British pounds, US dollars, euros and what have you, writes JP Landman.

Conquering the NY fashion world

Zimbabwe-born fashion designer Angelo Lambrou gave his international career a boost with the successful launch of his new Villionaire label at this year’s New York Fashion Week.
Madiba more fashionable than ever

The South African who dresses the walkers

Eulyn Hufkie-Womble makes her mark on the zombies in the international television series, The Walking Dead. She's a dab hand at making new clothes look old, and at adding litres of pus and blood. She also gives each character a signature piece.

Fitch upgrades SA’s ratings outlook

International credit ratings agency Fitch Ratings has revised South Africa's outlook from negative to stable, citing improved economic growth prospects, increased spending in key areas by companies like Eskom and Transnet, and a narrowing current account deficit.

SA scientist uncovers cosmic crash

A team of international scientists headed by a South African astrophysicist have discovered that Andromeda, our nearest galactic neighbour, was involved in a violent head-on collision with another galaxy some 210-million years ago, in possibly the most important finding since Andromeda was first recorded in the year 964.

CTICC gets green makeover

Cape Town’s award-winning International Convention Centre, a building that has been honoured numerous times for its advanced facilities, is about to undergo a R1.4-billion expansion – one that will make it the greenest building in South Africa.

Protea hotspot under scrutiny

South Africa's national plant, the protea, is creating a stir in botanical circles. Scientists studying the magnificent plant and its habitat have discovered that new species of proteas, and other plants that exist with it, are appearing at a rate three times faster than anywhere else in the world.

South African laser physicist wins top honour

Laser physicist Dr Christine Steenkamp is one of three African women scientists, out of a group of 12, who recently received international recognition for excellence in research.