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South Africa is a culturally diverse country, one nation made up of many peoples. With 11 different official languages, a multiplicity of traditions and skin tones ranging from ebony to sunburnt pink, we are, as Archbishop Desmond Tutu once put it, the rainbow nation of Africa.

The Rainbow Nation

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An Indian woman in bridal regalia, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal Children at the annual street carnival in Cape Town, Western Cape Springbok rugby supporter A wedding in Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton, Gauteng
Geoff Meek, skipper of the Shosholoza, South African Americas Cup Challenger A woman from the Namaqualand in the Western Cape Muslim children in Cape Town, Western Cape A family in the Western Cape
Man in Genadendal, Western Cape A Zulu sangoma in KwaZulu-Natal Chef A rickshaw driver from Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
Violinist at Oppikoppi rock festival Children in front of a colourful graffiti wall in Cape Town, Western Cape A man playing a flute in Soweto, Gauteng A Xhosa woman smoking a pipe at Lesedi Cultural Village in Gauteng
An Indian dancer in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal A woman at the 1997 Freedom Day celebrations at the Union Buildings Zulu woman, KwaZulu-Natal Grape harvesting in the Western Cape
Schoolboys playing cards in class A San family in the Kalahari Desert, Northern Cape Xhosa bride at Lesedi Cultural Village, Gauteng Women on a street in Johannesburg, Gauteng
People in the crowd: Oppikoppi Music Festival, North West, 2004 Tai chi performed during Chinese New year celebrations at Nan Hua temple in Bronkhorstspruit, Gauteng Xhosa initiate at Lesedi Cultural Village in Gauteng People in the crowd: Oppikoppi Music Festival, North West, 2004
Zulu dancers at Shakaland, KwaZulu-Natal Children playing at Old Boys High in Tshwane, Gauteng Drummers celebrate Freedom Day 1997 at the Union Buildings in Tshwane, Gauteng Guitarist performing in Johannesburg, Gauteng
An artist at work during the Johannesburg Biennale in 1995 Traditional town crier of Pietermaritzburg A woman at a rock concert in Johannesburg, Gauteng Minstrels taking part in the annual carnival in Cape Town, Western Cape
Springbok rugby supporters at the Jolly Roger pub in Johannesburg A sangoma from the Valley of a Thousand Hills in KwaZulu-Natal A goat shepherd in the Western Cape
   
Photo copyright: We do not hold copyright on these photos. Permission for re-use should be sought from the copyright holder indicated below each photograph. Gallery compiled by Mary Alexander

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