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South Africa’s national symbols

A country’s symbols – seal, motto, flag, anthem, coat of arms and natural symbols – tell its story and play a crucial role in...

Top tunes for football glory

The hugely popular Waka Waka for the 2010 tournament in South Africa was the most commercially successful World Cup anthem ever. Catchy, vibrant, energetic and patriotic, it had all the elements needed for a stadium hit. Other anthems have not been as successful, though.

Video: Zuma kicks off 2010 countdown

Video: Zuma kicks off 2010 countdown

President Jacob Zuma joined a crowd of dignitaries, construction workers and football fans at Green Point Stadium in Cape Town on Thursday for the singing of the national anthem and, at 4pm on the dot, the kicking of a soccer ball to mark the one-year countdown to Africa's first World Cup.
Remembering Enoch Sontonga

Remembering Enoch Sontonga

Enoch Sontonga, a teacher and lay preacher from the Eastern Cape, died in obscurity, aged just 33. But he left an indelible legacy. His hymn, Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika went on to become Africa's most famous anthem of black struggle against oppression.

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