Soweto, a South African township, was the scene of an uprising that is remembered 34 years later on Wednesday, during the World Cup soccer tournament.
The first African World Cup in South Africa is already having a dramatic effect on social cohesion in a country with a legacy of deep racial inequality.
A koala joey hangs on a toy koala during a weighing procedure at the zoo in Duisburg, Germany, on Friday. The koala baby, which weighs 1.1 pounds, has yet to be named.
Nelson Mandela sent a message, via South African President Jacob Zuma, that the revelers should enjoy themselves. They took it to heart.
The World Cup 2010 match of Uruguay vs. France kicked off Friday in Cape Town. Amid still-prevalent crime and segregation in post-apartheid South Africa, a soccer academy in a nearby suburb tries to keep boys out of trouble.
Amid the blare of horns and the waving of flags at the 2010 World Cup, friendly nationalism is running high. South Africans predicted victory against Mexico, and US Vice President Joe Biden taunted the English.
It's Mexico vs. South Africa, followed by Uruguay vs. France, in the opening matches of the World Cup schedule. ESPN will have live coverage, or you can watch World Cup 2010 online – for a fee.
World Cup stalwart Mexico should hand South Africa its first defeat, but don’t underestimate the power of homefield advantage. Mexico vs. South Africa kicks off at 10 am EST.
In 2004, Africa was selected for the first time to host the South Africa World Cup. The competition was between South Africa, Morocco, Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia. In May of that year, South Africa won the bid.
On the eve of World Cup 2010 in South Africa, thousands of fans clad in all colors converged for a concert in front of Cape Town City Hall, filling the air with the din of vuvuzelas and honking horns.