Madiba was a mentor, Chilean President Michelle Bachelet said during the Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in Cape Town on 9 August, Women's Day. He understood the value of humanity, she said, and was an example for South Africa and the rest of the world to follow.
Sixty years ago 164 women of all races, representing 230 000 women from a range of struggle organisations and trade unions, gathered in Johannesburg to draw up the Women's Charter, one of the first documents to map out a vision for a post-apartheid South Africa.
The difficulties facing refugees, asylum seekers and migrants are far greater for women. They often have no access to the economy and receive little or no help from the authorities and law enforcement when it comes to domestic abuse. Their plight has been highlighted during Women's Month.
The memory of poet Ingrid Jonker lives on in South Africa. She inspired Nelson Mandela to quote her poem in his inauguration speech and she posthumously received the Order of Ikhamanga for her contribution to literature and commitment to the struggle for human rights. Her work is loved around the world.
Nelson Mandela inspired many people through his thoughts, words and deeds, not least among them a variety of musicians, from pop singers to opera composers. Songs calling for his freedom reverberated around the world in the 1980s; others celebrating his release inspire audiences still.
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Buying locally made goods is not just about patriotism; it's about investing in the country, economic growth and job creation. Leslie Sedibe, head of Proudly SA, says every citizen should buy South African goods every time they shop. It is one way they can play their part for the nation.
The African Growth and Opportunity Act gave African businesses preferred access to American markets; Africa's female entrepreneurs quickly took the gap, selling their unique products on an international scale to boost their countries' economies.
The 37-year-old Cape Argus Tour is billed "the world's largest timed cycle race". In its first year, 525 entrants rode the route. Now, it attracts 35 000 ardent cyclists, including big Tour de France names.
While most people are tucked up warmly indoors during winter, a group of dedicated extreme athletes is out riding the Freedom Challenge. The mountain bike race takes riders more than 2 000 kilometres across some of South Africa's harshest but most beautiful scenery.
Africa's "Silicon Savannahs" are on the rise as tech hubs spring up around the continent. Aiming to diversify the continent's economies, provide jobs and spur growth, the progressive ICT hubs show the continent is open for business.