South Africa

Nelson Mandela waving to crowd (© David Longstreth/AP Images)

Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday: A look back at visits to the...

South Africa's first black president inspired Americans with each of his visits to the U.S. before he died in 2013. Nelson Mandela still does in 2018, the centenary of his birth.
Young woman resting her head on woman's shoulder (State Dept./D.A. Peterson)

Saving HIV-infected mothers and their babies

Meet a courageous South African woman who was diagnosed with HIV while pregnant, but through the help of a U.S.-based mentoring program delivered an HIV-free baby.
Long white pitched roof and adjacent red roofs (PEER Africa)

This simple product keeps buildings cool

The rural town !Kheis in South Africa is cooler than ever before with a simple, energy-efficient technology to keep buildings cool.
A woman posing between wine barrels (© Gianluigi Guercia/AFP/Getty)

Once an outsider to wine culture, she’s now a famous vintner

Ntsiki Biyela didn't plan to become South Africa's first black female winemaker. She had never even tried wine. Now she's one of her country's best.
Two young women in military fatigues (Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit/Facebook)

Black Mambas take a bite out of wildlife poaching

The women of South Africa's Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit have reduced rhino poaching in their reserve and are protecting other irreplaceable wildlife.
Man sitting in chair (Courtesy photo)video

How one community in South Africa gets jobs and electricity [video]

Every community needs jobs and electricity. One company in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, supplies both.
Woman dressed in hospital scrubs seated at microscope (Courtesy of KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for TB-HIV)

Joining forces to combat the deadly duo of HIV and TB

Two research organizations in South Africa are joining forces to form a new institute to combat the HIV and tuberculosis co-infection epidemic.
Girls wearing safety goggles sitting at lab table (Courtesy of MEDO)

Schoolgirls help build Africa’s first private satellite

South Africa is getting its first private satellite, thanks to an ambitious group of schoolgirls and the Meta Economic Development Organization.

Can they make a flag so big it will be seen...

Imagine a giant version of the South African flag — 66 football fields long and big enough to be seen from space — made of 2.5 million desert plants.