It is billions of rand and years in the making, but once the Square Kilometre Array – most of which will be located in South Africa – is up and running, it will offer a clear hotline to the universe. The massive radio telescope installation will help scientists study the stars.
The first digital planetarium in sub-Saharan Africa is being installed at the Lamont-Hussey Observatory on Naval Hill, in Bloemfontein. A draw for visitors and students alike, they will experience a journey through space that feels very close to reality.
South African youngster Andile “Ace” Khumalo recently became a professional footballer for local premier league team Amazulu – a move that’s inspired more than 50 other young footballers to follow in his footsteps.
International football superstars Ryan Giggs, Leo Messi and Thierry Henri are throwing their weight behind a new campaign by South African organisation Brothers for Life, which calls on men to "yenza kahle" – do the right thing – by taking a stand against HIV and gender-based violence.
• SA men: brothers, lovers, fathers