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A giant laser image of Nelson Mandela has been projected onto Table Mountain in South Africa in an illuminated tribute to the late leader.

No room on mountain for angry villagers

Protests as wealthy foreigners gather at auction for South African landmark

Louis Mzomba: 'The Government has to do something to make sure that when we teach these kids, proper learning can take place'

Louis Mzomba is a schoolteacher in South Africa. He’s a man in love with his job and his country but sometimes they make him cry. Take the case of Andile.

Cyril Alliston: Missionary in South Africa and Borneo

Cyril John Alliston, a missionary of the Anglican church, a servant of the late British Empire and benevolent pastor to people of many of its races, died in Cape Town three weeks short of his 98th birthday. The life of this modest and saintly man, who was more committed to Christianity than to mere religion and who abhorred the word "denomination", illustrates the changes that came over his country and its ways of worship in the course of the 20th century.

Doctor Cecil Helman: Medical anthropologist, GP and writer who found fame with his book 'Suburban Shaman'

In the summer of 1973, I made a pilgrimage to the Jerusalem home of the great Israeli poet, Yehuda Amichai. Later that same year Cecil Helman. It is possible that Amichai liked neither of us and decided we deserved one another, though we preferred to think the opposite. Either way, he gave Cecil my telephone number, thereby creating a constant friendship that was broken only by Cecil's death at the age of 65.

Hines banned for second Lions Test

British and Irish Lion Nathan Hines has received a one-week ban that will rule him out of contention for the second Test against South Africa in Pretoria.

Monye set for Lions start

England wing Ugo Monye has been drafted into the British and Irish Lions starting line-up for today's game against the Southern Kings.

Travel by numbers: Cape Town

With the Fifa World Cup a year away and the Lions already in town, Santhie Goundar sizes up this South African star

Jones out of Lions tour

Wales captain Ryan Jones has been ruled out of the British and Irish Lions' tour of South Africa - just one day after arriving.

Lions Test side will be 'untried' says McGeechan

Head coach Ian McGeechan has revealed he is unlikely to give his British and Irish Lions Test team a trial run before their opening showdown against world champions South Africa.

Barney Zackon: Lawyer and activist who fought against apartheid

Barney Zackon was forced into exile in Britain, at 37, at the height of his career as a defence lawyer and political activist in apartheid South Africa. His courageous work as a Cape Town attorney arranging the defence of a flood of African insurrectionists in the critical years after the Sharpeville emergency in 1960 must have been behind the banning order served on him, with no reasons given, by the Justice Minister B.J. Vorster in March 1965.

Helen Lieberman: 'I thought I was looking into what was hell'

Back in the 1960s, a white speech therapist working at Cape Town 's Groote Schuur hospital made a grim discovery in her life.

Stay the night: Tintswalo Atlantic Lodge

Set in a nature reserve, with its own stretch of shoreline, this new hotel is becoming one of Cape Town's most exclusive addresses

On The Road: Football crazy in Cape Town

Back in 2004, when Fifa president Sepp Blatter opened the envelope and announced that South Africa had won the bid to host the 2010 World Cup, his words were barely audible above the roaring crowd, and a collective cheer rose above the rainbow nation. Sitting next to the most powerful man in football, Nelson Mandela couldn't hold back the tears as he raised the World Cup trophy.

Barbara Trapido: 'When you are young you don't look back'

She may be listening to a Monteverdi madrigal, playing gently in the background. Or perhaps on a sunny day, she will be sitting by the canal which runs past the end of her garden in this leafy suburb of Oxford, watching a heron, less than a mile from the busy centre of England's city of dreaming spires.

The imam who took on the 'Muslim McCarthyists'

Jerome Taylor meets the man on a mission to modernise British Islam
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