Thousands turned out for Nelson Mandela's memorial service on Tuesday in the pouring rain. Across the nation, South Africans mourned, and some called for their current leaders to follow more in his footsteps.
South African soccer star Senzo Meyiwa was known for his incredible skills in goal, recently earning the starting spot on his country's national team. But he died on Sunday during a robbery at his girlfriend's house, stunning South Africans and bringing even more attention to gun violence there.
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.
South African couple Monique Joubert and Rui Moca promised each other that next time it snowed in Johannesburg they would get married. So when it snowed Tuesday, they called a local radio station and organized it in three hours.
South Africa changed dramatically when apartheid was abolished in 1990. But for many white South Africans, it was an unwelcome change. Producer Andrea Crossan of PRI's The World visited Johannesburg in 1999 and was tutored in white fears.
The materials needed to make art can be expensive, too expensive for some. But one artist in South Africa has found away to combine his artistic passion and his love of recycling. Mbongeni Buthelezi collects plastic bags from the streets around his Johannesburg studio and melts them to create a unique kind of art — he calls it "plastic fantastic."