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Give a book in Mandela’s name

children-and-books---thumbA book drive marked the first anniversary of the death of Madiba. Education was close to his heart and people are encouraged to donate books to beat illiteracy. The Nelson Mandela Book Drive is a partnership between the Nelson Mandela Foundation and The Book People.

Nuclear power holds promise for South Africa

There are many positive benefits to nuclear energy, not least of which is enough power to end load shedding and blackouts. But there is strong resistance to the idea of nuclear. "People need to understand that we are not a scary industry; we are in your everyday world," says the head of Necsa in the first of a two-parter interview.

Emiratis urged to invest in South Africa

There are many South Africans living and working in the United Arab Emirates, and 200 South African companies operating in the Gulf state. Given this huge scope for trade and investment between the countries, Brand South Africa will be in Dubai to show the nation's potential to Emirati business.

Right to education is recognised

With the aim of one school a week, hundreds of schools are being built or refurbished under the Accelerated Schools Infrastructure Delivery Initiative. All of these schools have enough classrooms, water, sanitation and electricity, and include libraries, computer and science labs.

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.

Remembering Mandela, one year on

It has been a year since Nelson Mandela passed on. His departure, mourned by the world, still impacts us today, prompting us to live by his example with compassion, reconciliation and Ubuntu.

Dr Benn builds a clinic without walls

The HJ Breast Clinic is a place where a multitude of medical and social disciplines look at the whole of the patient during treatment. The idea is a health system that treats its patients as whole beings and not just a collection of diseased organs – and imagine if more medical professionals gave of their time.

Infographic: South Africa and Ghana

Brand South Africa and Brand Ghana are hosting a dialogue in the capital of Accra this week on building competitive African nation brands. At the same time, the South Africa Incorporated research project is also in the West African country to find out what they think about us.  Here’s how the two countries fare in some of the more important economic indicators.

Competitiveness on the agenda in Ghana

Ghanaian and South African officials, business people, students and civil society will meet in Accra to thrash out ways to build competitive African nation brands. It will look at active citizenship as necessary for economic growth. The dialogue takes place against flat economic competitiveness on the continent as a whole.

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.

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