After success in countries like China and India, the online visa application service to the UK, Access UK, has been expanded to South Africa. If you're planning a British holiday you can now apply for your visa, make an appointment, and pay online.
Describing her as "a symbol of the new South Africa", Germany has awarded South African Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor the Grand Cross of Merit for her work to build scientific relations between the two countries.
To commemorate Queen Elizabeth's 90th birthday, a special edition of the famous Krugerrand is released. With only 260 coins available, it has a unique feature reading "QEII 90" on the reverse side of the coin, above the iconic springbok.
Taking place over a period of 10 days in New York, the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women noted the strides made in gender equality. South Africa sent a strong delegation of female ministers to participate on the global platform.
One of the major outcomes of the annual World Communication Forum in Davos, Switzerland was an agreement from the BRICS countries, of which South Africa is a member, to set up a Communicators Forum. South Africa's concept of ubuntu was also applauded.
South Africa is hosting numerous international conferences this year, the first of which is the 21st International Aids Conference taking place in Durban. It is expected to help the country's position in global governance, and boost the economy through increased tourism and investment.
After his working visit to Japan in 2015, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa continued discussions with the Keidanren, the Federation of Economic Organisations of Japan. The aim is to foster closer ties to realise the goals of South Africa's National Development Plan.
South Africa's ranking in the 2015 Corruption Perceptions Index drawn up by the international organisation, Transparency International, has shifted favourably compared to 2014, moving from 67 to 61. But there is still work to be done to eradicate corruption for good.
The World Economic Forum will take place in Davos-Klosters, in Switzerland from 20 to 23 January. South Africa will be represented by the president, flanked by numerous ministers and prestigious business and industry leaders. We take a look at who will be jetting to the Swiss village.
Joburg's mayor, Parks Tau, joined global leaders at the launch of the first State of City Climate Finance Report, alongside United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki Moon. The report comes out of the Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance, and speaks of innovative financing solutions.