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How a pandemic took the book industry online

Writers, publishers and bookshops are trying to keep afloat during the extended lockdown with digital and virtual offerings

What makes a good bookstore?

A trip to find the best shops for African literature raised the question of what makes a bookstore worth visiting.

Angola’s Dos Santos wants another term to rebuild

Angola's president has asked the country to give him five more years in power to further his drive to rebuild the country after its 27-year civil war.

Thousands rally for Dos Santos ahead of Angola polls

With the president's face on jumbo screens, T-shirts and helium blimps, thousands of Angolans rallied to show their support ahead of the polls.

Inter-racial SA family grew in apartheid’s shadow

Isaac and Joan Ngwenya have an exceptional story from the apartheid era, whereby every citizen was classified by race.

Outside chaotic Luanda, a new city rises

In a field 30km south of Angola's chaotic capital, a city seems to rise from nothing, a showpiece in government's drive to build a million homes.

Mandela: ‘I’m no saint’

A collection of Nelson Mandela's papers reveals his years of heartache at missing his family while in prison and his wariness at becoming idolised.

Strike strains Zuma’s alliances

South Africa's week-long public-service strike has strained President Jacob Zuma's ties with leftist allies who helped propel him to power.

Madiba, Winnie mourn at great-granddaughter’s funeral

Nelson Mandela and his ex-wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, mourned at the funeral of their great-granddaughter, Zenani Mandela, on Thursday.

Grieving Mandela to miss World Cup opener

A grief-stricken Nelson Mandela pulled out of the Soccer World Cup opening Friday after the death of his great-granddaughter.

South Africans gear up for World Cup

In the final run-up to the World Cup, South Africans have snapped up tickets in a surge that will give the tournament a more African flavour.

Surfing gets homeless kids off Durban’s streets

A 14-year-old boy named Wonder clambers out of the ocean and on to Durban's South Beach, exhausted after hours of surfing, and collapses on the sand.

African leaders fear trade, aid cuts

African leaders on Tuesday discussed ways to ride out the global economic downturn.

SA mourns Miriam Makeba

Hundreds of people paid their last respects on Saturday to music legend and anti-apartheid activist Miriam Makeba.

African leaders to pile pressure on Mugabe

Southern African leaders will pile pressure on Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and opposition chief Morgan Tsvangirai at a summit on Sunday.

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Traditional healers need new spaces

Proper facilities supported by well-researched cultural principles will go a long way to improving the image and perception of the practice of traditional medicine

Limpopo big-game farmer accused of constant harassment

A family’s struggle against alleged intimidation and failure to act by the authorities mirrors the daily challenges farm dwellers face

Zondo tightens his grip with criminal complaint against Zuma

The state capture commission’s star witness now faces a criminal complaint and another summons

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Land reform still a hot potato

The land has got to belong to all the people of South Africa, and many believe that there’s no other mechanism for that except expropriation

UP chemical pathology scientists develop ground-breaking nanobodies for Covid-19 detection and therapy

Nanobodies are smaller than conventional antibodies and easier to work with so they are ideal for good cheap sensitive rapid tests for Covid-19

Inclusion as learned experience in higher education

Understanding the complexity of intersections between oppressions relating to race and gender is key to any commitment to creating a culture of inclusion and social justice

Local government in crisis: how it can be fixed

Local governments are supposed to promote non-racial development, in a decentralised manner, but the reality does not match up

Covid-19 accelerates adoption of technology by the African property sector

It’s not the technology itself that is valuable, it’s the opportunities that it creates: this may be the perfect time for reinvention


From 23 to 30 November 2020, simply purchase any BMW bearing the number “8” and you could be one of eight lucky people to drive off with R80 000

Introducing Sabinet Judgments

A well-rounded view of reported and unreported judgments supplemented by an advanced system to enable users to rapidly find the information they require

The Southern Africa Tuberculosis and Health Systems Support Research and Publication Interventions

The project places emphasis on rolling out a standardised package of occupational health services and mining safety standards across four countries