While people around the world praised Mandela's legacy of tolerance and reconciliation, African countries still struggle with how to overcome mass killings.
Roger Thurow reflects on "the serenity of a man resolute in his convictions," a leader who walked to freedom believing that "the right of people to differ from us must be preserved."
Receiving a disability grant in South Africa can be likened to winning the lottery. HIV positive residents who are poor may be forced to choose between their life and money to feed their families.
Ntuthu, an HIV positive mother and activist, doesn’t see the virus as a curse. Her status gives her the opportunity to speak publicly against the inequalities of women with HIV.
Luleka Che started a daycare for small children to teach the lessons she wishes she had learned. Her calling is to prepare them for the reality many of the children already face—life with HIV.
Long waits and too few providers are consigning more and more women to illegal abortions.
In South Africa, a country with one of the most permissive abortion-access laws in the world, many women find it is easier—and faster—to get an illegal abortion instead.
In South Africa, HIV positive women are not encouraged to have children. Ntuthu, who is HIV positive but wanted to have a baby, found the information she needed to give birth to a healthy child.
Life in South Africa's townships poses challenges for all residents, especially the physically disabled. Richard Nzwana is blind, but that doesn't stop him from skydiving.
The tide of brain drain – from developing countries to industrialized nations – has turned. Human capital is now returning home to Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, and Africa.
Lesbians in South Africa are the targets of vicious hate crimes that often grab headlines but rarely result in justice for either the victim or her tormentors.
Although apartheid has ended, its legacy lives on. Many South Africans still make their home in townships, segregated areas where they relocated after being forcibly removed from "white only" land.