With her vocal gymnastics, flamboyantly African fashion sense, and the enviable ability to effortlessly switch genres, from R&B to pop to jazz, it's no wonder that Lira went from being broke in Daveyton, to mesmerising audiences in New York.
Among the criminals, gangsters, refugees and working people in Joburg's teeming inner city flatlands are many street children. Abandoned, runaways, orphans or victims of child trafficking, they are usually forced into prostitution and crime. There is often no escape, but Khanyisile Motsa offers a ray of hope.
For more than three decades, Zahrah Hendricks dreamed of returning to her childhood home. The vibrant streets and sense of community of District Six have been bittersweet memories most of her life. Yet now she is among those families who are returning, intent on rebuilding their neighbourhood.
An academic, a writer and journalist, a sharp legal mind, a human rights advocate – Dr Frene Ginwala is all of these things. She has devoted her life to bringing equality to South Africa, and was instrumental in writing our Constitution. In all, she has played her part in building a free, prosperous nation.
The cruise liner was finally floated off the reef where she was wrecked, on the shores of an Italian island, and began the long journey home. She is being towed to Genoa, where she will be scrapped. It has been the longest and most expensive marine salvage operation in history, captained by master South African salvager, Nicholas Sloane.
Growing up in Cape Town, Desiree Ellis was always kicking a ball. Later, professional football called and she answered. She captained the national women's soccer team, Banyana Banyana, for 10 years. Today, as well as coaching, she devotes her time to improving the lives of others through sport.
In 1996 Penny Heyns won South Africa's first Olympic gold medal in 44 years. But as the woman now known as the best female breast stroke swimmer of the 20th century stood on the podium, she had no idea she had just made history.