South Africa spends around R5-billion a year on research and development and is recognised as a world leader in several fields, including organismic biology, earth sciences, astronomy and clinical medicine.
The Constitutional Court has given the go-ahead for politicians to cross the floor and join another political party without losing their seats, in a ruling which is likely to make a significant impact on the countrys political landscape.
The critical test of whether the Johannesburg World Summit had succeeded or not would be what happened from here, South African President Thabo Mbeki said on the closing night of what he described as "a big meeting, the biggest ever tried'.
After 10 days of tough behind-the-scenes bargaining, over 100 heads of state and government at the World Summit on Sustainable Development agreed on a plan of action to eradicate poverty and protect the environment, concluding negotiations that took place over nine months and on three continents.
Using indigenous knowledge - and a resource her family has been living with for thousands of years - Grace Masuku is turning a community traumatised by the closure of local platinum mines into a thriving 21st century enterprise.
The theme of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development was 'People, planet, prosperity'. Here are 30 fast facts on how South Africa is giving substance to this slogan.
The environmental havoc wreaked by alien vegetation is arguably second only to global warming. SA's Working for Water project, the biggest conservation endeavour on the continent, tackles the problem head-on - at the same time employing 18 000 people who would otherwise be jobless.
While water-born sewage systems may seem preferable, high running costs make them inappropriate for many communities. For SA's largest sanitation NGO, the solution is simple, cheap, and earth-friendly. Please do not flush after use!
You needn't worry about bottled water when you're visiting Johannesburg - or most of the rest of the country, for that matter. Our tap water is constantly measured against international standards - and easily meets them.
When volunteers from Thuthukani clinic, north of Johannesburg, began doing home visits to people suffering from Aids and TB, they found that most of them had no food. So they started a food garden, introduced permaculture - and now they're feeding their patients, themselves, and some paying customers besides.