- August 29, 2012
South Africa's legendary African National Congress, the party of Nelson Mandela, is destroying itself. Corruption, cronyism, internal divisions and, more recently, the mine massacre in Marikana are draining support from the party's base -- and destroying the country's economy. By Horand Knaup and Jan Puhl more...
- July 05, 2010
South Africa became the first World Cup host nation ever to exit the tournament following the group stage. Still, midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala tells SPIEGEL in an interview that he is proud of what his team achieved and talks about how the World Cup changed his life and his country. more...
- June 21, 2010
With World Cup security stewards complaining of poor working conditions and unpaid wages, a labor dispute threatens to overshadow the action on the pitch in South Africa. SPIEGEL spoke to union head Evan Abrahamse about the workers' complaints. more...
- June 15, 2010
Sepp Blatter has brought the World Cup to South Africa, and now he is seeking to portray himself as a benevolent champion of foreign aid. Is the president of football's international governing body, FIFA, really interested in more than his own fame? By Jörg Kramer more... [ Forum ]
- June 14, 2010
The plastic 'vuvuzela' trumpets so popular with South African football fans at the World Cup are causing considerable debate abroad. Players, officials and viewers have been critical and, after only three days, some are calling for a ban. German commentators say the debate is a sign of deeper cultural issues at play. more...
- June 11, 2010
Did Daimler support the racist apartheid regime in South Africa? A group of victims has sued the German company because it supplied vehicles used in the oppression of anti-apartheid activists. The group wants to use the World Cup to draw attention to its struggle. By Hauke Goos more... [ Forum ]
- June 09, 2010
Sixteen years after the end of the apartheid regime, South Africa is celebrating its return to the global stage as it hosts the football World Cup. Although the country is still a deeply divided and violent place, the rise of the black middle class provides hope for the future. By Ullrich Fichtner more... [ Forum ]
- June 03, 2010
Only days before the start of the World Cup, South Africans seem as anxious about the planet's biggest soccer festival as they are excited. In a torn country, threats of strikes and uprisings by the poor have put a damper on euphoria. Some groups may use the spectacle to further their own interests. By Karl-Ludwig Günsche in Cape Town more...
- November 06, 2009
There are 50 murders a day in South Africa, the host country of the 2010 football World Cup. And Brazil, host of both the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, also suffers from extreme violence. With a view to the high-profile events, the two countries are now attempting to crack down on rampant crime -- and are using ruthless tactics to do so. By Jens Glüsing, Maik Grossekathöfer and Horand Knaup more...
- April 21, 2009
The African National Congress is expected to win Wednesday's election in South Africa with leader Jacob Zuma enjoying huge popularity among the poor, despite his corrupt reputation. But for many members of South Africa's burgeoning middle class, the ANC's heroic struggle against apartheid is ancient history. By Jan Puhl more...