Born in Spain but of African descent, Bisila Bokoko was so moved by a trip to discover her roots that she set up the Bisila Bokoko African Literacy Project. Through it, she builds libraries, donates books to African children, and runs a scholarship fund.
Play Africa will be the first children's museum in South Africa. Like children's museums elsewhere, it will not be a staid mausoleum to history, but rather a place where children of all ages will be able to play and learn through interacting with a variety of giant exhibits.
A 90-year-old Kenyan midwife may be the oldest person in primary school. Priscilla Sitienei took up classes at a village school – where she is a boarder – for two reasons: to motivate her grandchildren to stay in school and to learn to read her Bible.
Teachers across South Africa are turning away from the traditional blackboard and are plugging into technology in their attempts to become better educators. Along the way, they have found that learning is more fun, and that children are keener to get to grips with their education.
From teacher to broadcaster and now back to working with youth, news anchor Pat Pillai has come a long way. In his new home at LifeCo UnLtd SA, he plans to help young South Africans live lives more in the spirit of Nelson Mandela.
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.
Philani Dladla is a well-known feature of Joburg's streets. The Pavement Bookworm reads books and gives reviews to passers-by. If they like the review, they buy the book. This way, he pays rent and buys food. But his bigger goal is promoting literacy among children.