south african airways progress

South African Airways makes progress

Passenger volumes are up at the national carrier, while output is down, according to the acting chief executive. Yet there is still much to be done. The airline is implementing network changes and growing into Africa, among other steps to strengthen the group.
Africa's bloggers set own agenda

Africa’s bloggers set own agenda

The organisers of the annual African Bloggers Awards say that despite unreliable internet connectivity, the continent is taking charge of its own narrative by using the power of social media to connect and share their good news stories. Here's the full list of this year's winners.
Media freedom is key to global sustainability

Media freedom is key to global sustainability

Quality journalism enables citizens to make informed decisions about their society's development, exposing injustice, corruption, and the abuse of power, UN bosses said in a joint statement issued to mark this year's World Press Freedom Day.

Youth vlog the South African story

As download speeds in South Africa increase, and as technology becomes more widely available, more and more people – youngsters in particular – are turning to vlogging as a way of expressing their opinions and commenting on their world. You can watch anything from makeup tips to cat videos.

Portal to boost African music

Music In Africa plans to get the world's ears tuned to the music of the continent. It's an online portal that serves the African music industry – whether that be producers in Harare, musicians in New York or singers in the Dakar. Africa offers much diversity and talent, and that needs to be offered to the world.

Karoo music lends weight to TV series

Guitarist Les Javan has composed a haunting soundtrack for the TV series Vlug na Egipte. Set in the Karoo, it is shaped by the music of the desert. It's a mixed bag of langarm, choral, goema and classical influences, and the composer has created a sound that identifies and is unique to each character.

Journalists turn to data to make sense of the world

It is a brave new media world, and data is increasingly assuming the throne when it comes to interpreting the world and telling its stories to the public. But South African publishers, squeezed by financial pressures, have taken a backseat compared to other African countries. The tried and tested is easier, says Siyabonga Africa.

Melville gets South Africa’s first shipping container mall

In a first for South Africa, the trendy suburb of Melville in Johannesburg will soon get a shopping centre made entirely of shipping containers.

Music made for Mandela

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.

An African team for the World Cup

A new golden generation of top-flight football talent is taking Africa to the World Cup. The entire continent is again expected to get behind the Indomitable Lions, Super Eagles, Les Elephants, Black Stars, Desert Foxes and their young teams as they play for glory.

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