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.
There is no society that has as much wealth, culturally and musically, as South Africa, says Hugh Masekela. That incredible richness and extraordinary diversity is explored and honoured in Ubuntu: Music and Arts of South Africa, a month-long arts and culture festival hosted by New York City's landmark Carnegie Hall.
Chris van Wyk will be missed by many: by his friends and neighbours where he grew to manhood, by the many schoolchildren enchanted by his tales, and by South Africa, for this man of many words opened our eyes to the experiences of our neighbours, and in so doing wrote all of our stories.
For three and a half years, Sonja Kruse was absent from her life: first she was physically absent while she walked around the country, and then she was emotionally absent as she collated her experiences in a book. But the result is a journey of discovery about what it means to be a South African.
He's only 20 years old, but South African Caspar Lee is already a multimillionaire – thanks to YouTube and the 3.1-million subscribers to his channel. More than that, he's starred in a major new movie, has appeared on British radio and TV, and is trying his hand at live standup comedy.