The current drought in southern Africa is the worst in decades, and likely a harbinger of things to come as the region warms up and dries out as its climate changes. The drought is having real impact on one resident in a Pretoria township, and what governments in the region can do to help prepare for a hotter and drier future.
Thousands of people packed a memorial service for 34 South African mine workers. They were shot by police in a dispute over pay. Host Marco Werman talks to the BBC's Nomsa Maseko who was at the service.
The vuvuzela was heard at every World Cup match in South Africa. Thousands of them in unison were annoying and dangerous to the ears. But there were pleasing sounds as well. Malian musician Vieux Farka Toure played in Johannesburg.
And finally today, for those of you who thought that all South African music was Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Hugh Masekela, get ready for ear adjustment. With his newest album, Ashton Nyte recently left Johannesburg and made the move to St. Louis.
Author Adam Hochschild was 19 and writing for an anti-apartheid newspaper in Capetown, South Africa, when Nelson Mandela was arrested and put in prison. He couldn't imagine that Mandela had a chance against a government with the most military might in Africa.