South Africa’s growing political maturity

One of the great myths of the new South Africa is the belief that, with time, we will go the route of “all Africa”. But a stereotypical African basket case we are not. Indeed, democracy is entrenching itself in our beloved country, writes Justice Malala.

A power plant in your home

Nelson Mandela Bay is the scene of a pilot project that could lead to South African households producing their own electricity – and selling the surplus to national power utility Eskom.

Motlanthe to ‘serve with humility’

New South African president Kgalema Motlanthe has assured the country that he will carry out his duties as president with "dignity, commitment and humility". He added that he was aware of the duties and responsibilities that came with holding such high office, as well as the expectations of the people of South Africa.

Motlanthe firm on government policy

South Africa's government will continue to implement its policies unchanged, says President-elect Kgalema Motlanthe. "We will not allow the work of government to be interrupted ... We will not allow the stability of our democratic order to be compromised. And we will not allow the confidence that our people have in the ability of the state to respond to their needs to be undermined."

Meet Zakumi, the 2010 mascot

He’s a fluffy young leopard with green dreadlocks and a wide smile; he’s energetic, enthusiastic, sociable, self-confident and ambitious – and he loves football. Meet Zakumi, the official mascot for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

Mbeki resigns as SA president

South African President Thabo Mbeki announced his resignation on Sunday night, following a request that he do so by the National Executive Committee of the ruling African National Congress on Saturday.

Thank you, South Africa: Mbeki

Outgoing President Thabo Mbeki has thanked South Africans for giving him the opportunity to serve them over the past 14 years, saying he was confident that the incoming administration would build on the work done since 1994 to improve the lives of all South Africans.

No major policy changes: Zuma

African National Congress (ANC) president Jacob Zuma has moved to reassure investors following Thabo Mbeki's resignation as President of South Africa, saying the country's economic policies would remain "stable, progressive and unchanged".

Doing business easier in SA

South Africa has risen three places on the World Bank’s recently released Ease of Doing Business 2009 survey, coming in at number 32 out of 181 countries. Small-and medium-sized businesses will benefit from the country's business policy reforms.

Kruger elephants off to Mozambique

South Africa is sending six elephant bulls from the Kruger National Park to Mozambique's Gorongosa National Park, as part of plans to restock the 350 000-hectare park that fell into ruin during Mozambique's 16-year civil war.