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An activist waves a rainbow flag, an international symbol for the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. Photo: Flickr/See-ming Lee
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What South Africans really think about gay rights and homosexuality

The results of a new study, A Survey of South African Attitudes to Homosexuality and Gender Non-Conformity, have just been released. Conducted by The Other Foundation and the Human Sciences Research Council the survey provides for the first time “statistically sound, nationally representative data” on the attitudes of South Africans to sexual orientation.

Pretoria Girls High pupils protest Photo: Twitter/Screen shot
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South Africa: Education authorities to launch an inquiry into racial discrimination at Pretoria Girls High

Gauteng provincial education authorities in South Africa have ruled that a clause dealing with hairstyles should be temporarily suspended at Pretoria Girls High pending a review of the school’s Code of Conduct. The ruling follows protests by learners against racist rules, which inhibit black pupils from having hairstyles such as afros, bantu knots, dreadlocks and braids.

A Bangladesh Force Marine Unit of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) launching riverine operations on the River Nile. Marine boats are intended to protect UN barges, including those carrying humanitarian aid. Photo: United Nations Photo/ Flickr
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THINK AGAIN: Why the UN’s failure in Juba will affect aid workers everywhere

On 11 July at around 3pm – just as a new bout of fighting in Juba was beginning to die down – dozens of government soldiers stormed into the Terrain Hotel. The hotel is popular with expatriates and international aid workers. Over the course of the next four hours, occupants of the hotel were gang-raped, robbed and assaulted, with American citizens especially targeted. Why did the peacekeepers choose not to intervene?

File:  Jailed South African National Congress (ANC) leader Nelson Mandela in the early 1960s. The picture was copied from South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) late 1989 prior to Mandela’s release from prison on 11 Feb 1990. Photo: ANP
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10 pictures of Nelson Mandela

Today the world celebrates the birth and legacy of a giant, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, South Africa’s first black and democratically elected president, who served from 1994 to 1999. Mandela’s great achievements and legacy cannot be adequately described in words, we look at some important moments in Madiba’s life captured on camera in these ten pictures.