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The continent's diversity is celebrated in its arts and culture this Africa Day, on 25 May. South
Africa is celebrating the day with a month-long celebration of what it means to be African. And in
Johannesburg, the fourth Pan-African Cultural Congress will look at harnessing cultural diversity.
A market of over 600 million people with a combined gross domestic product of more than $1-
trillion will be created with the launch of the Tripartite Free Trade Area in June. It will link
consumers across Africa, from Egypt to South Africa.
The three orphaned lion cubs at Addo Elephant National Park are now nine months old and have
been moved from their protected boma to a camp where they can start hunting and fending for
themselves. Rangers will keep a watchful eye as they return to the wild.
South Africa will not meet the international deadline to migrate from analogue, but it will begin
with an awareness campaign and roll out set top boxes to five million poor homes over the next
two years. It is also signing agreements on frequency interference with neighbouring nations.
Portia Modise should be celebrated. She was the first African footballer to score more than 100
goals in international competition. She has announced her retirement from playing to take up
coaching after a career in which she was the country's top goal scorer, male and female.
The Southern Cape's Afromontane forests – most of them part of the Garden Route National Park
– are being considered for a ranking on the World Heritage List. This would double the size of the
existing site, and expand the Cape Floral Kingdom already under protection.
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