Social grants provide an important cushion amid poverty in South Africa.
Government policies need to acknowledge individual agency as a mechanism for change, while reducing barriers to income-producing activities.
Community members in Zandspruit west of Johannesburg block roads after their illegal electricity connections were removed.
A clandestine system of transfer payment, with roots in apartheid-era boycotts, has developed into routine behaviour on which many family budgets now depend.
Women in Soweto said going out in exercise clothes made them vulnerable to harassment and assault.
It's not enough to simply promote healthy eating and exercise without considering the very real environmental and structural constraints present in South Africa.
Carmel Building in Diagonal Street, Johannesburg.
Museum Africa (left) Yeshiel Panchia (right)
Johannesburg Then and Now is an important book about what ought to be appreciated and "saved".
A water bridge over the Klip River in Gauteng, South Africa.
Harmful pesticides have been found in the widely consumed sharptooth catfish found in a river that runs through Johannesburg.
Four people died in the latest violence and looting to hit shops owned by foreign nationals in Soweto, Johannesburg.
Framing xenophobic violence as a question of immigrant victimisation invites divisions between neighbours.
Health workers promote exclusive breastfeeding to HIV positive mothers more than they do to mothers who are negative.
Artist Johannes Phokela’s ceramic memorial wall.
The persistence of Sam Nzima's June 16 photograph is remarkable. The shadow in the photograph can be read as a metaphor for the rich debate that this image continues to bring to the surface.
Pensioner Katherine Boyi, left, with donated blankets and Agnes Makhubela, with donated maize meal, in Doornkop, Soweto.
Stories from the ground highlighted the unmet needs of people who are vulnerable and who are left behind.
Men who had to take responsibility for younger siblings growing up were not concerned about conforming to dominant ideas about manhood.
About 60% of children in South Africa under 10 years don't live with their biological fathers. But research sheds light on those who despite the pressures remain involved in their children’s lives.
‘Radical economic transformation’ in South Africa needs to move beyond rhetoric.
South Africa's governing ANC has always seen economic growth as the driving force for change. This was wishful thinking as the damage done by apartheid will take far more to undo.
South African jazz legend Ray Phiri passed away after a long battle with lung cancer.
Thuli Dlamini/The Times
Two of South Africa's finest musicians, Johnny Mekoa and Ray Phiri, died recently. The permeable terrain between genres their careers negotiated, is being replaced by rigid marketing categories.
On the set in Soweto of a makeover television show.
TV talk and makeover shows have a preference for spectacle and conflict. But new collaborative models may be the future.
Portrait of Miriam Tlali as part of Adrian Steirn’s 21 Icons South Africa project. Date: 15.10.2014.
Adrian Steirn/Courtesy of 21 Icons South Africa
A South African novel, published in 1980 and dealing with the Soweto student uprising four years earlier, still provides lessons for students today.
Activists, health-care workers and scientists in South Africa were faced with a horrific epidemic but went on a ruthless crusade to turn it around.
Soweto schoolchildren protest against Afrikaans in 1976.
Anti-Apartheid Movement Archive, Bodleian Library, Oxford UK
Forty years after the students uprisings of 1976, South Africa is again in the midst of a political movement led by students.They have changed the tenor and shape of political discussion around education.
A recent protest by South African schoolchildren which had to be quelled by an under-resourced police force.
It is exactly forty years since the Soweto uprising in June 1976 where the South African police met the students with brutal force. How much has changed in terms of policing?