South Africa

Economics

South Africa's cautionary tale

It wasn't so long ago that South Africa was seen as the natural leader of its continent, with bright economic prospects and a nascent, post-apartheid democracy. It developed strong trade ties with China, and, in 2010, was named one of the BRICS countries — with Brazil, Russia, India and China, the economies seen by some investors (the term was coined by a Goldman Sachs executive) to be the era's dynamic up-and-comers. But it hasn't quite turned out that way. This year, South Africa dipped into recession, with unemployment near 30 percent. What happened?

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Global Politics

HIV laws in Africa

Lisa Mullins speaks with South African judge Edwin Cameron, who argues that laws that make it illegal for someone to transmit HIV to another person are bad public policy.

Global Politics

South Africa and AIDS

South Africa's former leaders were criticized for downplaying the AIDS epidemic there. Now a new president and a new health minister are taking a different approach to fighting the disease. Rhoda Metcalfe reports on The World.

Arts, Culture & Media

Global Hit - Miriam Makeba

South African legend Miriam Makeba has died. Anchor Lisa Mullins revisits Makeba's historic speech to the United Nations in 1963. In that speech, Makeba pleaded with world leaders to help South Africans defeat apartheid.