The government has acknowledged the important role that South African voters abroad played in the country's 2009 general election, saying it boded well for building a global South African "brain-bank" to help bring investment and skills back into the country.
At 4am, London is dark and raining. While my taxi snakes me through the deserted streets, a trainee Jesuit priest is camped outside South Africa House ... Timothy Schultz joins the queue to vote in South Africa's general election, and asks himself why he's doing it.
South Africans gathered in their thousands in Trafalgar Square, London on Wednesday to vote for their country's future. John Battersby joins them, and is reminded of the crowd that gathered in the same place 25 years ago, to help consign apartheid to the past.
Fourteen years after South Africa's transition to democracy, many children in the country still don't get the chance to play certain sports - such as tennis - because of the cost of equipment. Former South African Brian Modise, a college tennis coach in the US, is spearheading an initiative to do something about this.
Priceless human capital has left South Africa. The Homecoming Revolution and skills-hungry employers are trying to get it back. Global South Africans, a complementary initiative by the International Marketing Council of SA, is harnessing the capital where it now resides.
South Africa magazine, the first magazine to bring SA to the international market, has hit the shelves in the UK, targeting property owners, tourists, potential investors, as well as "anyone who enjoys the vibrant culture of this unique destination."
The expertise of the African diaspora should be harnessed to provide the extra capacity Africa needs as it moves to its next stage of development, a senior World Bank official tells the World Economic Forum on Africa in Cape Town.
South Africa plans to attract its expatriate academics to share their skills with the country through short exchange programmes and research projects, rather than trying only to entice them back home.
Howzit, Hallo daar, Molo, Sawabona! Fancy tuning in to Egoli, Carte Blanche, Boots 'n All, Casper Rasper and much more homegrown South African entertainment - from overseas?
Flying back from Australia, I dreaded my return to South Africa. Not that I didn't want to come home - it was having to field the inevitable "Would you like to live there?" question . Silla Grobbelaar has her final say on a South African conservation topic she could do without.