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Well wishes from South Africans poured in on the social media pages of Wayde van Niekerk after
he won the gold medal in the 400m race at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing. The athlete
shared his moments before and after the event.
The work of South African photographer Jo Ractliffe is being exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. It features three of her series of works, made over six years, tracking the aftermath of the Angolan Civil War and its relation to South Africa's Border War.
Three-quarters of adult South Africans have bank accounts, and women generally have equal
access to formal financial services. Several mobile money payment systems, initiatives to
digitise government transfers, and an extensive banking infrastructure all support financial
The Department of Arts and Culture has earmarked start-up funding of R5-million for the Living Legends Legacy Project. Through the initiative, established artists will transfer their skills and knowledge to younger artists, while allowing the careers of the legends to continue to grow.
The Solar Thermal Research Group at Stellenbosch University has completed a prototype system
to help make generating solar energy more efficient and cheaper. The Helio100 system uses
mirrors to focus the sun's energy on to one central point, turning heat into electricity.
Advice from health experts such as psychologists, nutritionists and general practitioners is now
just a few clicks away, following the launch by the Department of Health of a mobi-site targeting
young people. It will help adolescents to make informed choices about their health.
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