South Africans came together to assist the University of Cape Town (UCT) as it battled wildfires that broke out early on Sunday morning, spreading...

Librarian saves ancient African manuscripts in Timbuktu

When al-Qaida invaded the historic city of Timbuktu, Malian librarian Abdel Kader Haidara worked under the cover of night to save thousands of ancient manuscripts - documenting African knowledge in astronomy, poetry, religion and science - from the extremists.

World’s oldest library to reopen

The oldest library in the world, founded by a woman, is being rehabilitated by another woman. The al-Qarawiyyin Library in Fez, Morocco will reopen its doors in May 2016. The refurbishment came with its challenges and surprises for architect Aziza Chaouni.

Africa takes charge of its heritage

Participants at Africa’s first-ever international world heritage conference, held under the auspices of the Unesco World Heritage Centre, have declared the event to be a success.
World heritage in South Africa

Malian women fight poverty with textiles

For years Malian women have been earning a living from their beautiful hand-dyed bazin fabrics – and have established an international reputation for the quality of their products.
SA designer at London Fashion Week

Mandela archive goes live

The Nelson Mandela Digital Archive Project has been launched online, opening the life, times and writings of the global icon to all.
Mandela a free man 21 years ago

Mandela archive now live on the web

The new Nelson Mandela Digital Archive is now live on the web, giving the global public - along with historians, educationalists, researchers and activists from around the world - free access to extensive information about the life and legacy of this extraordinary African statesman.

JM Coetzee archive heads to US

The archive of South African literary giant and Nobel laureate JM Coetzee has been bought by the Harry Ransom Centre library at the University of Texas in the US.
Young writer to publish 18th book

Africa, but not as we know it

The Kingdom of Morocco at the northwestern tip of Africa is vastly different from more southerly countries on the continent, but no less fascinating.
Timbuktu manuscripts get new home

Timbuktu manuscripts get new home

On 29 May South Africa officially handed over the brand new library for the Timbuktu Manuscripts to the Malian government. South Africa was instrumental in the building of the facility and the training of archival staff.
Saving priceless African history