South Africa


South Africa's imperfect progress, 20 years after the Truth & Reconciliation Commission

After decades of institutionalized racism under apartheid, South Africa's Truth & Reconciliation Commission helped a divided nation watch, weep, reflect & come together — even if imperfectly. What is its legacy now, two decades later? How much of the hope South Africans had for what their future might be together has been borne out? Host Mary Kay Magistad visited South Africa to see how South Africans from different communities feel about what difference the TRC has, and hasn't, made in their lives.


Global Politics

South Africa's ruling party splits

It's been fourteen years since the African National Congress took power in South Africa under the leadership of Nelson Mandela. But now a split within its ranks has become an outright rebellion - and it could reshape the nation's political landscape.

Business, Economics and Jobs

Sandbag housing in South Africa

A South African design team has come up with a plan for building affordable housing -- using sandbags. But the houses may still cost more than the South African government can afford. Correspondent Terry Fitzpatrick reports for The World from Cape Town.

Arts, Culture & Media

Geo Answer and Global Hit

On today's Geo Quiz we were looking for a South African city that was once a way-station for the Dutch East India Company. The answer is Cape Town. That city's streets come alive this week with the sounds of marching minstrels. It's part of a new-year's tradition that dates back to the days when the Dutch forced people from Southeast Asia to work as slaves in Cape Town. Terry FitzPatrick sent us this report.

Arts, Culture & Media

Zimbabwean immigrant's story told on stage

Hundreds of thousands of Zimbabweans illegally cross the border into South Africa searching for a better future. But they don't always find one. Many wind up homeless and jobless. Reporter Eva Gilliam introduces us to one Zimbabwean man who's written a play about his experience.

Global Politics

Turf battle in South Africa

South Africa is struggling to make post-apartheid land reform a reality. The World's Laura Lynch profiles one bitter dispute between some black villagers and a white farmer who all claim the same patch of land.

Arts, Culture & Media

Darwin's South Africa legacy

Charles Darwin stopped at Cape Town during the voyage of the Beagle, and some in that city are using Darwin's birthday to commemorate his visit. But some South Africans are ashamed at how his theory of evolution was used by early supporters of apartheid. Correspondent Rhoda Metcalfe reports.