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President Jacob Zuma will take part in an Operation Clean Up for Madiba activity at the Nelson Mandela School of Science and Technology in the Eastern Cape on Friday. Zuma has called on all South Africans to mark Mandela Day and "demonstrate our love for our beautiful country . . .".
Is the universe expanding? What is dark energy? What's the deal with gravity? And the biggest question of all; are we alone? The Square Kilometre Array, which will aim to answer these questions and more, is slowly taking shape in a remote corner of South Africa's starry-skied Karoo.
Recognising that women's rights were fundamental to South Africa's success as a newly liberated nation, Nelson Mandela enshrined these rights in the country's world-leading Constitution. It followed a long and rich history of activism from women demanding equal rights and gender parity.
The Berg River Marathon is probably the most gruelling way to spend four days in mid-winter. The canoe race sets off from Paarl and ends 240 kilometres away in Velddrif, in the Western Cape. Throw in howling wind, driving rain and lots of portage, and you've got a recipe for extreme sport.
The Gauteng Department of Education has, as part of its Mandela Day activities, launched a province-wide book donation drive to collect works on SA's liberation struggle to stock libraries at underprivileged schools.
Nadine Gordimer has died peacefully at the age of 90. The Nobel laureate transcended the provincial confines of her solitary childhood in the small mining town of Springs to become a fierce opponent of apartheid through her critically acclaimed writings.
Here's what recycling does for the environment, the economy, and the manufacturing industries.
Two days, six questions, tough challenges. The International Mathematical Olympiad, regarded as the most difficult but prestigious of the Olympiads, was hosted in South Africa for the first time, and the country did well against the world's best, earning a medal and several honourable mentions.
Starting at Manaye Hall in Imbali – where he gave his last speech as a free man – and ending at the Capture Site, where the Black Pimpernel was finally caught, the Mandela Day Marathon is symbolic of the triumph of the human spirit. There are also shorter distances, a trail run and mountain bike rides.