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South Africans ‘mostly caring, peaceful’

While rightly expressing outrage at recent acts of violence in the country, South Africans should not lose sight of the fact that the overwhelming majority of their countrymen and women are "peaceful, caring, law abiding citizens", says President Jacob Zuma.

Software speeds HIV diagnosis

Turnaround times for HIV diagnosis in infants in rural Kenya are being cut significantly by a software system that used mobile communications to get results to families quickly. Early detection means a better chance at survival.
Aids activist gets Clarins award

Final innings for Basil D’Oliveira

South African-born cricketing great Basil D’Oliveira, a man who literally managed to change the course of history - albeit unintentionally - has died at the age of 80.
Supporting SA’s sports stars

UK sculpture honour for Pistorius

British artist Ben Dearnley has created a bronze sculpture of South African Paralympic icon Oscar Pistorius, which will go on display in London next year ahead of the 2012 Paralympic Games.
South African producer gets Olympics for Korea

South African actresses make it big in Hollywood

Two South African actresses have recently scored impressive roles in Hollywood productions: Nondumiso Tembe will star in the hit series True Blood, while Terry Pheto will play in one of the most popular and longest running soap operas, The Bold and the Beautiful.
South Africa's Fugard recieves lifetime Tony

South Africa’s Fugard receives lifetime Tony

South Africa’s Athol Fugard was honoured with a special Tony award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre. In its citation the awards committee described him as a playwright “whose art has always spoken out against racism and who continues to be an active voice for freedom and equality”.
New Fugard play takes to stage

Zille to receive Geiger Award

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille is the latest recipient of the 2011 Abraham Geiger Award for individuals who have made great strides towards openness, courage, tolerance, and freedom of thought.
Suzman: a fearless voice stilled

Joburg Open: two in a row for Schwartzel

Charl Schwartzel staged a successful defence of his Joburg Open title, claiming the title for the second time running at the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Course on Sunday.

All eyes on Spud: The Movie

Based on the best-selling book series by John van de Ruit, Spud: The Movie hit the local circuit on 3 December 2010 - the latest in a crop of recent productions demonstrating the calibre of South African filmmaking.

The quick guide to South Africa

What languages do South Africans speak? Is South Africa a democracy? Are there big cities with modern amenities? Are the roads tarred? How far will my money go? ... You've got three minutes to spare? Here's the lowdown on why South Africa's going to surprise you.