A Hero's Goodbye: Obama Honors Mandela as 'Giant of History'

A Hero's Goodbye: Obama Honors Mandela as 'Giant of History'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 10, 2013

World leaders, royalty and fans turned out in the thousands on Tuesday to remember freedom fighter Nelson Mandela, the man whose personal battle against racism helped bring an end to the era of apartheid in South Africa. more...

Obituary: Nelson Mandela, Champion of Freedom

Obituary: Nelson Mandela, Champion of Freedom

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 06, 2013

With Nelson Mandela's passing, the world has lost one of the past century's great leaders, a man who fought oppression and spent decades in prison in his battle against apartheid. In the end, he was forced to watch as his successors jeopardized his life's work. By Jan Puhl more... Comment ]

Tackling Hardship: Beating FIFA at Its Own Game in South Africa

Tackling Hardship: Beating FIFA at Its Own Game in South Africa

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 02, 2013

'Amandla' is a relatively modest, German-run football school in a Cape Town township. But unlike many well-funded projects in South Africa sponsored by FIFA since the last World Cup, the camp changes the lives of thousands of children. By Antje Windmann more... Comment ]

Photography Legend Roger Ballen: 'Photos Are Like Fossils'

Photography Legend Roger Ballen: 'Photos Are Like Fossils'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 26, 2013

American photographer Roger Ballen searches for his images on the fringes of society. Most recently, his jarring music video for South African group Die Antwoord helped propel the artists to global fame. He spoke with SPIEGEL ONLINE about his work. more... Comment ]

Girl Rising: Malala Fires Up a New Generation

Girl Rising: Malala Fires Up a New Generation

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 12, 2013

Last fall Malala Yousafza, a 15-year-old blogger in Pakistan, was gunned down for demanding the right to an education. She has taken her message to the UN, and girls worldwide are fighting back against violence and oppression. A global movement is taking shape. By SPIEGEL ONLINE Staff more... Comment ]

'Architects of Poverty': The Self Destruction of Africa's ANC

'Architects of Poverty': The Self Destruction of Africa's ANC

SPIEGEL ONLINE - 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...

Football Hero Siphiwe Tshabalala: 'We Brought Joy to South Africans'

Football Hero Siphiwe Tshabalala: 'We Brought Joy to South Africans'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - 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...

Security Guards in South Africa: Labor Conditions Are 'Almost Like Apartheid'

Security Guards in South Africa: Labor Conditions Are 'Almost Like Apartheid'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - 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...

FIFA's Ambitious President: Sepp Blatter -- Champion of the Poor or Self-Promoter?

FIFA's Ambitious President: Sepp Blatter -- Champion of the Poor or Self-Promoter?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - 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... Comment ]

The World from Berlin: Vuvuzela a 'Global Synonym for Mood Killer'

The World from Berlin: Vuvuzela a 'Global Synonym for Mood Killer'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - 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...