The African-influenced, bluesy rock music of the band of tribesmen is born out of nostalgia. It is music that refuses to allow a culture to fade into the shadows – all sung in the extraordinary poetry of the Tamasheq language. But it is also a voice of the anger and hope of a generation of youngsters forged in the desert.
With a life dedicated to universal education and ending child poverty, the wife of two of Africa's most revered leaders believes that we owe our children – the most vulnerable citizens in any society – a life free from violence and fear. Widowed twice, she fights on, knowing her work is not yet done.
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.