This news summary reflects the wording and terminology of the various newspapers and media outlets.  It does not reflect the views or choice of words of the South African Consulate General.

19 September 2012

In all sub-Saharan Africa, only South Africa contributes universities to the top seven hundred worldwide. In a recent report published by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), a leading consulting firm on higher education and careers information, the University of Cape Town (UCT) ranks 154 out of seven hundred universities.  Full story.

The Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Government’s development finance institution, approved up to $250 million for the agency’s first solar power project in South Africa, a 60-megawatt plant that will help diversify the country’s electricity generation beyond its heavy coal concentration and in the process displace approximately 140,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions in its first year alone.  Full story.

17 September 2012

NEWBURGH, N.Y. -- Members of the New York and Pennsylvania National Guards are taking part in Africa's largest air show.  Full story.

For years, South Africans wanting clothes from stores such as Zara (ITX) and Topshop could only get them when traveling abroad. Now, they’re available at the local mall as mid-market apparel retailers rush into the country, seeking to create a base for expansion across Africa.

In the last year at least a half-dozen foreign clothing brands, including Superdry, Steve Madden and G-Star, have opened outlets in South Africa.  Full story.

3 September 2012

South Africa's tourism sector remains strong and resilient despite a downward trend globally, Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk said at the launch of Tourism Month in Johannesburg last week.

"Globally tourism was in serious trouble because of the financial crisis but in South Africa the picture continued to look good and the numbers are impressive," he said.

Tourism Month is celebrated annually during the month of September. The Eastern Cape, known for its attractive landscape, beautiful beaches and a wealth of natural resources, has been chosen as host of this year's main event later in the month.  Full story.

7 August 2012

South Africa has been a popular market for investors, in part because of its defensive characteristics. The resource-rich country is one of the more developed emerging markets and it generates much of its growth internally. Its bond market has also been popular among investors hunting for  countries with strong balance sheets and hefty yields.  Read full story

Aspen Pharmacare (APNJ.J) said on Wednesday its subsidiary, Aspen Global, will pay 172 million pounds ($269.79 million) for GlaxoSmithKine Plc's (GSK.L) pharmaceutical products distributed in Australia.  Full story.

Eight youth soccer players from across the country have been selected as the 2012 Summer Citrus Soccer Star award winners ( The youth are from diverse backgrounds and different parts of the country, yet all share a love of soccer, a spirit of leadership and determination on and off the soccer field, and have demonstrated commitment to their teams, families and communities.  Full press release.

7 August 2012

South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms. Maite Nkoana-Mashabane with United States Secretary of State, Ms. Hillary Rodham-Clinton, during Discussions, Pretoria, South Africa, 7 August 2012. Photo credit: Jacoline Prinsloo. Full statement.

Sports Illustrated, 4 August 2012

Photo from The Olympic Games:

It began with a smile at the starting line. Moments later, Oscar Pistorius took off and the click-click-clicking of carbon on the track was all but drowned out by the 80,000 fans on hand to watch him make history Saturday. The first amputee to compete in track at the Olympics, Pistorius cruised past an opponent or two in the backstretch of his 400-meter heat, and by the end, the "Blade Runner" was coasting in for a stress-free success.  Full story.

Washington Post, 2 August 2012

(Photo: South African Elite Rowing Team)

South Africa captured its first-ever Olympic rowing gold with a powerful finish to win a closely-fought lightweight men’s four on Thursday. The crew of Jame s Thompson, Matthew Brittain, John Smith, Sizwe Ndlovu burst through from lane 5 to catch Denmark, the longtime leader, to win a blanket finish in a time of 6 minutes, 02.84 seconds at Dorney Lake.  Full story.

Reuters, 31 July 2012

As Phelps glided into the finish, South African Chad le Clos, a 20-year-old whose idol was swimming in the lane right next to him, cranked one last big stroke to edge his hero Phelps at the wall.  Full story.

On Monday, July 30, 2012, the Empire State Building will shine its iconic tower lights in green and yellow on the south side of the building to honor South Africa’s participation.  Full story., 30 July 2012

South Africa's Cameron van der Burgh swam "the perfect race" to capture Olympic gold in the 100 meters breaststroke in London on Sunday evening, winning the final in a world record time of 58.46 seconds. Full story at

(Photo: Cameron van der Burgh on Twitter:

The Wall Street Journal, 28 July 2012

Off the field, among the many innovations and celebrations London has planned is an intriguing development for the oenophile — these will be the first games in the modern era to have their very own Olympic wines. Among the three wines are a Chenin Blanc from Stellenbosch in South Africa; and a rosé, also from South Africa, blended from Pinotage, Shiraz and Merlot.  Full story.

by Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane
The City Press, 22 July 2012

The era of African solutions to African problems has arrived.

Democratic South ­Africa’s foreign ­policy and execution represents a break with the past – a past that had confirmed us as the skunk of the world.

Students and practitioners of international relations will attest to the fact that our foreign policy should be an integrated part of government policy, aimed at promoting the security and welfare of South Africa and its citizens.  Full story.

Indo Asian News Service | IANS India Private Limited - Monday, 9 July 2012  

South Africa led the sub-region as foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows into sub-Saharan Africa jumped by 25 percent in 2011, according to the 2012 World Investment Report by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Full story.