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Stories about South Africa

29 November 2016

Meet South Africa's Prophet of Doom…Literally

"Doom is the answer brothers and sisters lets bow our heads and sPray."

28 November 2016

Facebook’s Controversial ‘Free Basics’ Project Spreads to 47 Countries

Free Basics is a collaboration between Facebook and mobile providers that allows access for free but limited access to internet.

22 November 2016

South Africa's Youngest Novelist, 7-year-old Michelle Nkamankeng, Wants to Inspire Others

Michelle Nkamankeng, 7, has taken the internet and the literary world by storm with her first book in a series of four, "Waiting for the Waves".

16 November 2016

Expand Your YouTube Horizons With These Award-Winning African Online Video Creators

From music videos and animated cartoons to a 6-year-old comedian, discover the winners of the inaugural Sub-Saharan African YouTube Awards.

8 November 2016

‘In Our World, You're Either Born With the Right Passport or Not’

Amélie Jacques, a French blogger, reacts to the current situation with refugees in Calais, France.

7 November 2016

South African President Zuma Fights for Political Career After Corruption Report

"If Zuma is still president after this ordeal, we're a spineless joke of a constitutional democracy,” said one Twitter user in South Africa.

20 October 2016

Young Skaters in Rural South Africa Shred It Up in ‘Valley of a Thousand Hills’

Skateboarding isn't popular in South Africa, especially in black communities. As one young Zulu puts it, "We are skateboarders because we want to live a life which is good...and awesome."

10 August 2016

Empathy for the Enemy and the Oppressed: Political Pop Songs from the Eighties

The Bridge

A look back at seven pop hits from the 1980s that pack a political punch.

15 May 2016

South Africa Is Telling Some Radio Stations They Need to Play Almost All Local Music

It's an effort to encourage people to support more local musicians.

29 April 2016

South Africa Bans Several Sports Bodies From Hosting Global Events Over Lack of Diversity

"The ban on hosting global sporting events is another nail in the coffin for economic development and job creation."

22 April 2016

#NakedProtest Draws Attention to Rape Culture at South Africa's Rhodes University

"why does a woman willingly showing her skin offend you, but violence committed against her doesn't? #nakedprotest"

9 April 2016

Meet Three Artists Painting the Streets of Kenya, South Africa and Tunisia

Artists Falko One, Wisetwo and Vajo are working to get Africa's graffiti community more visibility.

4 April 2016

South Africa's Court Orders President Zuma to Pay Back Public Funds

South Africa's Constitutional Court rules that President Jacob Zuma violated the constitution when he refused to pay back public funds as recommended by the country's public protector.

31 March 2016

What's Happening in South African Politics? Just Follow the Hashtag

Learn about eight hashtags that help facilitate political debate and even organize protests in South Africa.

12 March 2016

Ex-South African President Mbeki Still Has His ‘Bizarre’ Beliefs on HIV and AIDS

Mbeki received criticism for a letter he wrote denying that he had ever said 'HIV does not cause AIDS'. "What I said is that 'a virus cannot cause a syndrome'."

1 February 2016

One Photo, One Thousand Words About Post-Apartheid South Africa

South Africans are saying the photo, which shows a controversial radio personality with his lawyer walking near a man seemingly digging through rubbish, captures the income equality plaguing their country.

27 October 2015

#FeesMustFall Hashtag in South Africa Turns Into #FeesHaveFallen. But Have They?

"The reality is that #FeesHaveFallen has been hushed into FeesHaveNotFallen. Nothing's changed; something has been prevented."

18 September 2015

South Africa's President Blames the West for Surge in Refugees, So ‘They Must Address It’

Jacob Zuma said the West was guilty of opening the floodgates of refugees by taking military action in Libya, a statement that divided netizens.

#DearMrPresident: South Africans Write to President Zuma on Twitter

An open letter to South Africa's President Jacob Zuma about rising crime levels caused an outpouring of criticism from citizens on Twitter with the hashtag #DearMrPresident.

17 July 2015

Explaining the Appeal of the Song ‘Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika’ Across Africa and Beyond

"Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika" means "Lord Bless Africa" but its message resonates at a deeper level for many Africans and non-Africans alike.

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