Madiba was a mentor, Chilean President Michelle Bachelet said during the Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in Cape Town on 9 August, Women's Day. He understood the value of humanity, she said, and was an example for South Africa and the rest of the world to follow.
Sixty years ago 164 women of all races, representing 230 000 women from a range of struggle organisations and trade unions, gathered in Johannesburg to draw up the Women's Charter, one of the first documents to map out a vision for a post-apartheid South Africa.
The difficulties facing refugees, asylum seekers and migrants are far greater for women. They often have no access to the economy and receive little or no help from the authorities and law enforcement when it comes to domestic abuse. Their plight has been highlighted during Women's Month.
Into the dark days of censorship and apartheid swept Shifty Records, recording South African bands making music about life in a brutal country. It was the 1980s and the birth of a new local music scene. View iconic images of South Africa's underground anti-apartheid music scene.<
Nelson Mandela inspired many people through his thoughts, words and deeds, not least among them a variety of musicians, from pop singers to opera composers. Songs calling for his freedom reverberated around the world in the 1980s; others celebrating his release inspire audiences still.
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Dutch beer company Heineken is eyeing Africa's beer drinkers, and aims to grow its profile by meeting the continent's taste for home brews. Its brewery in Ethiopia produces alcoholic and non-alcoholic beers and is preparing to launch its Harar Beer label internationally.
Buying locally made goods is not just about patriotism; it's about investing in the country, economic growth and job creation. Leslie Sedibe, head of Proudly SA, says every citizen should buy South African goods every time they shop. It is one way they can play their part for the nation.
The 37-year-old Cape Argus Tour is billed "the world's largest timed cycle race". In its first year, 525 entrants rode the route. Now, it attracts 35 000 ardent cyclists, including big Tour de France names.
While most people are tucked up warmly indoors during winter, a group of dedicated extreme athletes is out riding the Freedom Challenge. The mountain bike race takes riders more than 2 000 kilometres across some of South Africa's harshest but most beautiful scenery.
Africa's "Silicon Savannahs" are on the rise as tech hubs spring up around the continent. Aiming to diversify the continent's economies, provide jobs and spur growth, the progressive ICT hubs show the continent is open for business.