Sport Roger Bannister celebrates with Chris Chataway in 1954 as he becomes the first man to run a sub-four minute mile

Sir Chris Chataway, the former world-record runner, acted as pacemaker to help Roger Bannister break the four-minute mile barrier. And he achieved so much more

Zuma calls for calm after murder of white supremacist

Supporters of South African extremist say killing is a 'declaration of war by the black community'

Advocate of hatred who became a figure of fun

He never compromised his views, but Eugene Terreblanche's final years were marked by obscurity and absurdity.

Apartheid-era song opens old wounds in South Africa

Ruling ANC vows to challenge 'unconstitutional' ban on anthem that encourages murder of Boers

South Africa marks anniversary of Sharpeville massacre

South Africans gathered in Sharpeville today, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the massacre that brought the country's black rights movement to the world's attention.

Winnie, a scathing attack on Nelson Mandela and a 'fabricated' interview

Report is 'inexplicable attempt to undermine family and Mandela's legacy'

John Prevett: Actuary who played a crucial role in winning compensation for the victims of thalidomide

For more than 40 years John Prevett was known as the Labour councillor who struggled to tinge the voters of the deeply blue Surrey commuter belt with a modest red hue. But Prevett was also the man whose actuarial skills tipped the balance in the battle for humane compensation for the victims of thalidomide.

Album: Various artists, Next Stop Soweto – Township Sounds...(Strut)

We've had plenty of vintage music from Mali, Nigeria and the Congo in recent years but very little from South Africa, so this CD is an exciting prospect for music lovers.

A dramatic rebirth: Theatre in Cape Town

Cape Town's District Six, scene of some of apartheid's worst excesses, is home to the new Fugard Theatre. Paul Taylor was there for an emotional opening night

Forgotten Authors No.48: Mary Renault

When men write about historical events, they tend to feed their readers facts and figures, but Mary Renault (1905-1983) was interested in the passions of the past. Her historical fiction was highly romantic, and herein lies the key to her virtual disappearance from today's bookshelves.

Paul Collier: Private v state: here's how to bridge the educational divide

It's the parents least committed to their children who determine quality

South Africa on the front foot to win last Test

Young paceman Parnell called into attack / Green wicket requested

Precious McKenzie: 'I thought, no way apartheid would end'

In one sense, at 4ft 9ins, there isn't a lot of Precious McKenzie. But it's a case of the old saying – there is more than meets the eye.

Dennis Brutus: Activist whose efforts helped bring about the end of apartheid

The story of the ending of white racial supremacy in South Africa has for its cast men and women in political, church, cultural and other such groups whose members mostly ended in prison or exile in the 40-year struggle. Was there another case, like that of Dennis Brutus, of an individual who built up on his own personal initiative and toil a process which brought the evils of apartheid to a world-wide constituency and bit by bit won its war against the perpetrators of apartheid and their complacent, blinkered allies in many countries? Was there a man who actually forced the South African government to yield, at a high price to himself and at the cost of much suffering?

Poet who battled apartheid dies at 85

Banned in South Africa, Dennis Brutus kept up the fight from exile in the US
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Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

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