Despite clear evidence of sustained progress, many remain sceptical about Africa. A new report by Ernst and Young highlights the continent's tremendous economic progress over the past two decades with the message: Africa's rise is real.
Uganda, once the pioneer in Africa’s fight against HIV/Aids, is re-focusing its efforts against the epidemic. An NGO with roots in theatre development is getting people to learn about the disease from their own community members, through creative expression.
• Keeping the story of HIV alive in SA
With the theme of "business unusual", President Thabo Mbeki's annual State of the Nation Address expressed his assurance that South Africa remains on the path of progress and prosperity, with the government committed to its promise of “a better life for all” by implementing its social development programmes in more imaginative and effective ways.