South Africa is more than a cultural melting pot, it's a big warm potjie of culture, full of different ingredients and yummy surprises, developing its rich flavour over centuries. Get a taste of cultural alphabet soup from archaeology to Zulu, with a dash of Corne, jukskei, kwaito and quagga on the way.
The world's oldest murder mystery has been solved: Professor Lee Berger of Wits University's palaeoanthropology unit has revealed that the 2-million-year-old Taung child was killed by an eagle, not a big cat.
Gone are the days of waiting for snail mail from possible relatives on the other side of the world. Family history research is far more accessible - and addictive - in the Internet age. Sharon Marshall offers a primer of sites for SA amateur genies.
"I saw a child fall down. Under a shower of bullets I rushed forward and went for the picture. It had been a peaceful march, the children were told to disperse, they started singing Nkosi Sikelele. The police were ordered to shoot." These are the words of Sam Nzima, whose famous photograph of a dying Hector Pieterson encapsulated the anger and tragedy of a day that, 30 years ago, changed the course of SA history.
From early missionary hymns and jazz to kwela, kwaito, mbaqanga and bubblegum pop, South African musicians have always given international trends an unmistakable flavour of their own.