South African feminist a global voice for women

After six years on the job as a UN special rapporteur, Rashida Manjoo is optimistic that it is possible to eradicate violence against women. Based in Cape Town, her job is to make sure governments uphold women's human rights in South Africa and abroad.

Small uptick in South Africa’s consumer credit health

There is a small improvement in consumer credit health in South Africa, according to the Consumer Credit Index for the second quarter. But it's not all plain sailing as consumers are still under much strain in the face the stormy economic climate.

Africa must invest in infrastructure

Investment in infrastructure must be a priority for Africa if it is to achieve double-digit economic growth, Prof Jeffrey Sachs tells delegates at the Third Financing for Development Conference. They have gathered to set the new financing architecture for a new global partnership.

South Africa names Brics bankers

Tito Mboweni will be the non-executive director of the board of governors of the Brics New Development Bank, which will be open for business by the end of the year. Leslie Maasdorp has been nominated as vice-president of the bank, which will have its headquarters in Shanghai.

South African Airways voted Africa’s best

Three awards were handed to South African Airways at the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards. For the 13th year, the airline was named the Best Airline in Africa. Its staff got the thumbs up, too. Skytrax awards are the direct result of customer satisfaction surveys.

Crowdsourcing the Serengeti: citizen scientists classify millions of photos online

Sometimes the best way to deal with mountains of data is to turn to the public for help. That's what Snapshot Serengeti did to classify millions of photos from savannah camera traps in Tanzania.

South Africa reflects on battle to curb HIV and Aids

A call was made for a renewed commitment to fighting HIV - and particularly for behaviour change among men for the empowerment of women - at the seventh SA Aids Conference. While South Africa had come a long way, there were still challenges, such as high new infection rates.

Value of investment in Africa surges

The value of foreign direct investment into Africa has jumped over the past five years, even though the number of investment projects on the continent has fallen. And while investor perceptions have softened, those with business interests in Africa remain overwhelmingly positive.

Joburg, Cape Town move up global index

Emerging cities are making positive gains in the Global Cities Index, and in the latest iteration of the report, Johannesburg, at number 55, and Cape Town, at number 69, showed the biggest improvements in the ranking, driven by political engagement and human capital.

The NBA comes to Africa

In a leap forward for basketball in South Africa and the continent, the NBA's first game in Africa will be played in August. The captains have been announced for the Team Africa versus Team World play off, with the African side led by Luol Deng.