Free State medical student Rolene Strauss has been named the most beautiful young woman in the world, and wears the Miss World crown with aplomb. She won over the judges with her compassion and intelligence, and plans to follow in the footsteps of her heroes to make a real difference.
In a series of powerful videos, South Africans of all kinds share their experiences of finding out they were HIV-positive, and how being open about their status helped them fight the stigma of the virus and find real support from true friends and family.
The HJ Breast Clinic is a place where a multitude of medical and social disciplines look at the whole of the patient during treatment. The idea is a health system that treats its patients as whole beings and not just a collection of diseased organs – and imagine if more medical professionals gave of their time.
One of the top four mergers and acquisitions lawyers in the world operates out of an office in Africa's commercial heart. Peter Tshisevhe will not step away from a fight, and his fight now is for excellence: "We need our best and brightest to create the environment where we all grow" he says of South Africa.
When it comes to quality of life and raising a family, expats rate South Africa right at the top, second only to New Zealand. They believe their children are safer and healthier, it is easier to learn the local language, and South Africa's friendliness and cultural diversity eases integration and makes for a great social life.
At just 34, one of the country's best runners died in a car crash on his way to an athletics meeting. A shy guy off the track, Mbulaeni Mulaudzi was aggressive and competitive when he was running, a mental toughness that brought him medals aplenty. He had turned his talents to coaching young rural athletes before his death.
On Saturday evening he played football; on Sunday evening he was shot dead. Bafana Bafana captain and goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa was killed during a robbery, leaving sports fans reeling and the South African soccer fraternity stricken with grief. He was top of his game, leading Bafana out of the doldrums.