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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.
Forty-seven men and women have received South Africa's highest civilian honours for exceptional service to the people of the country and for the roles they played in SA's fight for freedom.
"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.
Many people have stood looking down on Africa's plains from the top of Tanzania's Mount Kilimanjaro. When South African Sean Wisedale summited Africa's highest peak, however, he became only the 79th climber of all time, and the first African, to have climbed the highest mountain on each of the seven continents.
Some 20 years ago, a young Mogwailane Kenneth Mohlala left his rural homestead on the outskirts of Steelpoort in Limpopo Province for the beckoning lights of Johannesburg. Today, Mohlala is the CEO of a company with an annual turnover in the region of R2.5-billion.
South Africa joined the rest of the world in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the conquest of Mount Everest last week, and two South Africans made sure the flag flew on top of the world. Game ranger Sibusiso Vilane made history in the process, becoming the first black African to summit the world's highest mountain.
Aids activist Zackie Achmat features in TIME magazine's European edition as one of 35 "Heroes 2003" for his struggle to secure affordable antiretroviral drugs for South Africa's HIV/Aids sufferers.
Missing your potjiekos? Forgotten the recipe for bobotie? Want to know where you can buy real biltong - or make your own? Here's a directory of links to help you recapture the taste of home.