Jan Hennop

Get ready for Madiba’s birthday

South Africa's living legend Nelson Mandela turns 85 on Friday and organisers are planning to give the elderly statesman a three-day birthday bash.

Human rights hill at the heart of golden city’s revival

An old apartheid jail on a hill where Nelson Mandela was once held is at the heart of an ambitious project to blow new life into Johannesburg's sprawling city centre, hit by disinvestment and decay.

The killing that that nearly sparked civil war

On Easter Saturday 10 years ago, four shots rang out in a quiet suburb east of Johannesburg, killing one of anti-apartheid South Africa's most popular heroes and bringing the country to the brink of civil war.

SA ‘an example to Iraq’

Amid the clang and furore over Iraq's alleged weapons programme, one country has stood out as a model of how to get rid of arms of mass destruction -- South Africa.

Happy birthday Xhamela, precious son of SA

Former South African president Nelson Mandela paid an emotional tribute to his friend and fellow anti-apartheid veteran Walter Sisulu, who celebrated his 90th birthday on Saturday, calling him a giant of the liberation struggle.

Boom-time for SA car makers

Once a week, a cargo ship packed with hundreds of luxury German cars, destined for the export market, leaves the East London harbour in South Africa's Eastern Cape province, the heartland of the auto industry.

Problems of policing African peace deals

A peace pact between the DRC and Rwanda is seen as a diplomatic victory for South Africa, but Pretoria's proposed military role poses huge logistical problems.

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