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Out of the 10 fastest growing economies in the world this year, six of them are African. This makes Africa the fastest growing region in the world after Asia - regardless of the sluggish growth and economic misfortunes experienced by many parts of the world over the past nine years.

On 27 April 1994, South Africa held its first democratic elections which gave birth to freedom and constitutional democracy. It was a special moment for millions of South Africans, who for the first time could vote for the government of their choice in the country of their birth.

South Africa will once again mark Freedom Day on Thursday, chronicling a journey of 23 years since millions of its people voted for their government of choice on 27 April 1994.

West of Bizana in the Eastern Cape, below the majestic Ngele Mountains that stretch all the way to Kwazulu Natal, is the peaceful and quiet village of Nkantolo.
This is where Oliver Reginald Tambo was born, grew up and attended school.

Siena Van Niekerk, now 75 years old, has lived in a house made up of asbestos ever since she moved to the area of Morningstar, Durbanvile, in the Western Cape, 48 years ago.

Cross-border crime can have a varying impact - not only does it threaten relations between countries but can also fuel tensions in communities. Like any crime, the victims of cross-border crime are communities, who are left to live in fear and uncertainty.

With only 13 years left for countries to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), the race is on for leaders and members of the High Level Panel (HLPW) on Water, which is in support of the Agenda, in particular SDG6 on water, to take action and join forces in a bid to tackle the water crisis.

When a group of South African women waged a struggle in 1956 against the discriminatory pass laws, it was their brave efforts that helped further draw the attention of the world to the injustices that were taking place in South Africa.

Known as South Africa’s number one tourist destination, KwaZulu-Natal is no doubt one of the most beautiful provinces in South Africa and a key player in the country’s economy

Throughout the economic downturn, which began in 2008, the tourism industry has continued to be an economic driving force for South Africa. With all the challenges experienced in the mining and manufacturing sector in 2015 and 2016, tourism has been one industry that continued to prove its economic potential in a tough global environment.

Known as the platinum province due to its rich mineral wealth, the North West is no doubt the jewel of South Africa.

One of the key features of the 2017 State of the Nation Address (SONA) has no doubt been the government’s intended stance to “radically” transform the economy and ensure equitable share of the country’s wealth.

The sight of young people spending the entire day sharing drugs in street corners, whilst others drink alcohol at nearby shebeens and taverns was greatly disturbing for Algino Nelson.

Land ownership. A thorny subject that still divides South Africa, more than 22 years after the 1994 democratic dispensation. While government’s land reform and redistribution programmes had yielded some successes since 1994, large tracts of land still remain in the hands of very few people.

When President Jacob Zuma stepped up to deliver the 2016 State of the Nation Address (SONA) on 11 February last year, South Africa’s economy had been facing difficulties since the global financial crisis of 2008.

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