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On the Shoulders of a Giant: Lessons from the life of Oliver Tambo

The Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Foundation hosted the Oliver Tambo Centenary Memorial Lecture under the appropriate theme “On the Shoulders of a Giant” at...

Press Release: iEntrepreneur – a Week of Entrepreneurship at Wits

Johannesburg, 30 August, 2017 - Unemployment among the youth of South Africa has reached an ‘all time high’ and young people need to step...

King Kong swings back on to South African stages

The massively successful King Kong musical is back on South African stages. More than half a century ago, it helped to launch the careers...

SS Mendi bell resurfaces

The bell from the ill-fated SS Mendi, the ship that took more than 600 South Africans to their watery graves, has surfaced. Priya Pitamber In a...

Mapungubwe: South Africa’s lost city of gold

A thousand years ago, Mapungubwe was the centre of the largest kingdom in southern Africa, with a thriving trade in gold and ivory with China, India and Egypt. Discovered in 1932 but kept under wraps by the apartheid government, Mapungubwe is one of SA's eight Unesco World Heritage Sites.

Remembering ‘Uncle Kathy’: Ahmed Kathrada 1929-2017

Former Rivonia trialist and anti-apartheid struggle veteran Ahmed Kathrada died today, following a long illness. He was 87. After 1994, Kathrada served as a...

South Africa’s Wits University climbs world rankings

31 August 2016 The University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg has climbed the world rankings of universities, to become the best in Africa. This comes from...

Cancer discovered in fossils in South Africa

The rise of cancer in humans is often attributed to modern lifestyles. But two recent discoveries in fossils in South Africa show that cancer...

Extensive HIV vaccine study planned in South Africa

American scientists are scheduling a major trial of an experimental HIV vaccine in South Africa in 2016, "the most feasible vaccine ever developed". It will be one of largest single clinical testing processes done in South Africa.

South African wins Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Africa

A South African writer has been named as the Africa Regional winner for the 2016 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Johannesburg-based Faraaz Mahomed says he is an inexperienced writer but the prestigious accolade encourages him to pursue further writing.