South Africa

Development

Dreading 'Day Zero' when the taps run dry in Cape Town

A severe drought has forced South Africa to declare a national disaster and impose tough water-saving measures in attempts to push back the day when taps are expected to run dry. In this photo essay from Reuters' Mike Hutchings, you can see how devastating the drought has already been on the country.

Arts, Culture & Media

What's it like to portray Nelson Mandela in an opera? Amazing!

If you're in Pretoria, South Africa, one show you won't be able to see is a new opera about Nelson Mandela. That's because the show, "Madiba: The African Opera," was cancelled after just three nights because of a lack of funding. The opera depicts Nelson Mandela's early years in his native home of Qunu, on South Africa's Eastern Cape. Thabang Senekal is the well-known South African baritone who played Mandela in the production. He describes what it's like to play Mandela on stage.

South Africa Gold Mining Lawsuit

South Africa’s gold mining industry is at the center of the biggest class action lawsuit in Africa’s history. Miners allege companies’ negligence resulted in thousands of cases of the deadly lung disease, silicosis.

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South Africa Gold Mining Lawsuit

South Africa’s gold mining industry is at the center of the biggest class action lawsuit in Africa’s history. Miners allege companies’ negligence resulted in thousands of cases of the deadly lung disease, silicosis.