France launches first intl competition for women conductors

The first international competition for women orchestra conductors was launched in Paris on Thursday evening. Founded by pianist Clemence Guerrand, the MAWOMA (Music And Women Maestra) contest will be held on six continents, going to cities like Rio, Los Angeles, Johannesburg, Sidney and Tokyo, to highlight the talent of young women of all nationalities. The final will take place at the end of 2019 in Paris and will decide between the six winners of the continental events.

Johannesburg’s grandest old colonial club seeks new image

With its imposing columned facade, hunting trophies and oil portraits, the Rand Club in Johannesburg’s city centre is a relic of South Africa’s colonial and apartheid past. But Alicia Thompson, a black woman born in Johannesburg, is seeking to reposition the club, which has struggled to stay open in recent years, by attracting the city’s “young hustlers” of today while preserving its heritage.

Grave dilemma: S.African cities short of cemetery space

In Johannesburg, land is a hot topic, even for the dead. Population growth, migration to urban areas and an influx of foreigners has put huge pressure on land in urban areas. Adding to the problem is a cultural resistance to the practice of cremation. Between 45 and 60 graves are re-opened each week on average to allow for second burials in Johannesburg, the country’s largest city and economic hub.

Oprah Winfrey honours Mandela ahead of birth centenary concert

US television celebrity Oprah Winfrey pays an emotional tribute to Nelson Mandela as she prepares to host a star-studded concert in Johannesburg to cap celebrations marking 100 years since his birth. The concert is the climax of a year of events celebrating the centennial of Mandela’s birth in 1918, and is part of a campaign to tackle poverty, child malnutrition and boost gender equality.

S. Africa: President Ramaphosa says land reform will heal wounds

JOHANNESBURG – South African President Ramaphosa addresses foreign correspondents in Johannesburg. He talks of land reform, a hot topic after Ramaphosa vowed that the country’s constitution would be changed to explicitly allow for the expropriation of land without compensation in a bid to tackle severe inequality 24 years after the end of apartheid.

Lagos designers champion ‘unapologetically African’ fashion

Launched in 2011, Lagos Fashion Week has established itself as the most important fashion event on the African continent. From Nairobi to Johannesburg, it now attracts major African names and is exported all over the world.

Africa Weekly – a round up of news and features from Africa

This week on Africa Weekly, we’re on the streets of Kampala where a number of politically-motivated arrests have sparked unrest. And we’ll be in Johannesburg alongside zombies and superheroes to attend Africa’s very first Comic Con. FOR SUBSCRIBERS OF AFRICA WEEKLY ONLYATTN CLIENTS – GRAPHIC CONTENTFOR SUBSCRIBERS OF AFRICA WEEKLY ONLY

South African artists shine at the continent’s first Comic Con

Thousands of South African fans gathered to celebrate pop culture at the first Comic Con Africa in Johannesburg, where local super heroes also got a chance to flex their muscles.

Africa welcomes its first Comic Con

Superheroes, villains and cosplayers flock to Africa’s first Comic-Con being held over three days in Johannesburg.

Tensions erupt in South Africa’s Soweto

Shops belonging to foreigners have been attacked and looted by local residents in Soweto, Johannesburg. Tensions have risen after two people were shot dead, according to local media.