The 15-year-old South African actress Khomotso Manyaka has earned a position on Time Magazine's list of the 10 best performances of 2011, for her portrayal of Chanda in Life, Above All, a movie about the stigma surrounding HIV/Aids.
• SA short films in international festival
Thanks to canny survival skills learnt in the bush, former Umkhonto we Sizwe soldier Norman Mpedi has launched a successful organic juice manufacturing operation, using wild indigenous fruit harvested in Limpopo and KwaZulu-Natal.
• Paying it forward with goat farming
Dr Christian Neethling Barnard – famous for performing the first ever human heart transplant - was honoured in early December by the City of Cape Town, which named a street after the brilliant South African cardiac surgeon.
• Barnard: surgeon with heart