In a time of political turmoil and severe cultural repression, Shifty Records produced indie South African bands promoting free thought, and challenging apartheid. The record company, initially operating out of a caravan, grew to record some of the country's most important South African music.
The memory of poet Ingrid Jonker lives on in South Africa. She inspired Nelson Mandela to quote her poem in his inauguration speech and she posthumously received the Order of Ikhamanga for her contribution to literature and commitment to the struggle for human rights. Her work is loved around the world.
After world-famous South African reggae artist Lucky Dube was gunned down in 2007, local musicians Danny K and Kebelo Mabelane decided to release a collaborative single to help fund crime-fighting projects in the country. The song they chose was "Shout", the 1980s hit by Tears for Fears, and the Shout South Africa foundation was born.
Tough-talking, no-nonsense and hard-nosed, shebeen queens used their traditional beer brewing skills to send their children to school and pay their bills. In doing so, they defied the apartheid government's ban on black South Africans brewing, and became iconic figures in South African history and art.
For nearly two years Sibongile Mkhabela had nothing but a concrete wall as a sounding board. A student leader in 1976, she was detained at the notorious John Vorster Square. To cope, she willed herself to forget. But in By The Apricot Tree, her daughter, playwright Ntsako Mkhabela, unpacks her life and her memories.
Top chefs all seem to be men, but women are taking a bigger slice of the cooking pie. The inaugural Mzansi International Culinary Festival will look at the role of women in the culinary world, as well as work towards establishing a definitive South African cuisine. There will be good things to taste, too.
The first season of 21 Icons was well-received. Now there is a second season of the documentaries and portraits of some of South Africa's most notable citizens. This time, the mix includes a former Constitutional Court judge, sports stars, entrepreneurs and an extraordinary man who has devoted his life to helping others.