South Africa

Job seeker Johannes Oveida looks over a brochure at a job fair at Lehigh Carbon Community College in Allentown, Pennsylvania, on Thursday, March 7, 2024. 

Open secret: Some international students in the US are going hungry

Community colleges are an attractive option for international students, in part, because they’re a fraction of the cost of four-year universities. But higher nonresident tuition fees, ineligibility for state or federal aid and limited options for work can still generate sticker shock for people when they arrive in the US.

The directors of “Kizazi Moto: Generation Fire,” along with some other guests from Africa visit Disney studios to meet with filmmakers

Contemporary African animators make their mark on the international scene

Barnacle geese have developed new migration routes and breeding grounds amid warming global temperatures. 

Animal species are evolving to adjust to climate change, but scientists say time is running out

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Nelson Mandela, left, and his wife Winnie, raise clenched fists as they walk hand-in-hand from the Victor Verster prison near Cape Town, South Africa on Feb. 11, 1990.

‘Winnie and Nelson’: A new book explores a fraught political partnership

Pilani Bubu found her music community after she moved from South Africa to New Orleans. She understood that the people she met wanted to learn more about her culture back home. That’s when she started to incorporate South African music into her repertoire

South Africa’s Pilani Bubu has ‘jumped off the shoulder of giants’ to create music filled with tradition

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Series of reimagined African folk tales launches on Netflix

Arts, Culture & Media

This week, a new anthology of films called “African Folktales, Reimagined” premiered on Netflix. The series of short films was done in partnership with UNESCO as an effort to support more emerging filmmakers from Africa.

A coal-fired power station in Witbank, South Africa , Monday, Oct. 11, 2021.

Scheduled blackouts roll South Africa into electricity crisis


The lights may be off, but “crisis mode” is definitely switched on in South Africa. Despite a national state of disaster and a new minister of electricity, scheduled power outages, known as load-shedding, continue to heavily impact citizens.

“Judge,” a white-back vulture found in the wild as a fledgling by Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust cannot fly due to its deformed wing.

Southern African vultures subject to poisonings, extinction


Certain species of vultures are critically endangered in southern Africa. Recently, some mass killings of vultures in Botswana and South Africa have led to concern over the vulture population. But conservationists are working to increase their numbers.

A Ryanair plane parks at the airport in Weeze, Germany

‘It’s absolutely ludicrous’: Traveler up in arms after being forced to take Ryanair’s Afrikaans-language test to fly


Dinesh Joseph, who is a South African-born leadership and management trainer based in London, was recently on vacation and was one of the people forced to take the test before boarding his flight from the Canary Islands back to the UK. He described the experience to The World’s host Marco Werman.

Muddy water running through an informal settlement of huts

South African floods: Protecting people must include a focus on women and girls

Women and girls living in poverty face many forms of discrimination and pressure during events like flood disasters.