On 9 August 1956, 20 000 voices cried out: "You strike a woman, you strike a rock". South Africa's women had spoken, saying they were neither meek nor mild, but the bedrock on which their communities were founded, and they would not let their freedoms be trespassed upon.
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.
From Australia to Afghanistan, Cambodia, Pakistan and now South Africa – Skateistan is using skateboards to offer a future to at-risk youth, particularly young girls. Skating is the hook used to get to grips with complex social issues facing the youth, such as social inequality, youth unemployment, gender discrimination and poverty.
After world-famous South African reggae artist Lucky Dube was gunned down in 2007, local musicians Danny K and Kebelo Mabelane decided to release a collaborative single to help fund crime-fighting projects in the country. The song they chose was "Shout", the 1980s hit by Tears for Fears, and the Shout South Africa foundation was born.
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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Eight days, 800 kilometres and some seriously steep ravines – this is the Absa Cape Epic, one of the most extreme things a person can do with a bicycle. The hors catégorie event is the most televised mountain bike stage race in the world. Each year a new route is chosen, as difficult and as beautiful as the last.
Gas is flared at Robinson Deep, Johannesburg's biggest landfill, and at Marie Louise, another of its five sites. But generators will be installed this year at the former to turn the methane into power. When all its landfills are all online, it will produce enough power to supply 12 500 middle-income households.
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.
Waterways chart the history of Zambia, with its rivers, lakes and waterfalls telling a story that starts before modern people walked the planet. Along the banks of the great Zambezi River, which gives the country its name, lie the scatterings of human activity from the first use of fire and stone to the bustling communities of today.