Mandela the family man at 93

The former South African President Nelson Mandela spent his 93rd birthday with friends and relatives in his rural hometown Monday, as South Africans paid tribute to the anti-apartheid icon through song and community service projects.

Modric hands in transfer request to force move

Tottenham Hotspur were hit by two pieces of bad news yesterday as the first team flew out to start their pre-season tour of South Africa. Luka Modric handed in a transfer request in an attempt to force through a proposed move to Chelsea, while the club fear that midfielder Sandro, who injured his knee on Copa America duty with Brazil, will require surgery that could keep him out for up to three months.

Albertina Sisulu: Nurse and freedom fighter revered by South Africans as the mother of the nation

Albertina Sisulu was revered by South Africans as the true mother of the nation.

South Africa mourns anti-apartheid veteran Sisulu

South Africans are mourning a woman celebrated for her role in the fight against apartheid, and for her nurturing of a new generation of leaders.

Johannesburg, Rio, Lechlade? Gated living comes to the Cotswolds

London property mogul opens secure estate aimed at A-listers in rural Gloucestershire

Muntari will clasp the hand that ended World Cup dreams

Sulley Muntari will happily shake hands with the man who shattered his World Cup dreams when they come face to face on Wearside this Sunday.

Toxins from South African mines threaten city

Toxic liquids building up in defunct gold mines beneath Johannesburg could reach environmentally dangerous levels by June 2012, officials and scientists said yesterday.

Ousted Madagascar president barred from returning

Madagascar's ousted president has been barred by officials in his homeland from returning from exile in South Africa today, the politician told reporters at Johannesburg's airport.

Johannesburg at risk from acid lakes

Rising toxic water levels from abandoned gold mines threaten the city and have blinded wild hippos

Family joyous after Mandela is discharged

The former South African president Nelson Mandela was discharged from hospital yesterday after receiving treatment for an acute respiratory infection.

Mandela discharged from hospital

Former South African President Nelson Mandela was whisked home Friday from a hospital where the 92-year-old had been treated for a respiratory infection, with only a glimpse of his head covered by a surgical cap visible as he was wheeled into an ambulance.

Schwartzel claims Joburg title again

Charl Schwartzel successfully completed the defence of his Joburg Open title after a four-under-par 67 in the final round helped him finish four shots clear of Garth Mulroy.

The Invisible Man, Menier Chocolate Factory, London

Mystery man can’t hide all the flaws

Life Times: Stories 1952-2007, By Nadine Gordimer

Daring tales that span South Africa's history

Exhibition throws new light on chronicler of apartheid

A full-bleed image of a line of naked black men, their hands raised to the ceiling of a grimy room, seems as though it must be a record life in a prison. In some senses it was.

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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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