Nelson Mandela turned 85 on 18 July 2003 - and you, and you, and you ... sent him 17 842 birthday messages via the official Mandela 85th Birthday website. View a selection of messages in the moving, amazing, 25-page Nelson Mandela 85th Birthday Message Book.
Long before South Africa's first democratic elections in 1994, Errol Tobias sealed his place in South African rugby history by becoming the first black player to start a Test match for the Springboks.
He might have run as if he would fall over exhausted at any moment - hence his nickname, meaning "Run-and-Fall" - but when Matthews Motshwarateu blew away the king of white middle-distance running at Coetzenburg stadium in 1978, the mostly Afrikaans crowd gave him a standing ovation, and a South African sporting legend was born.
Some 20 years ago, a young Mogwailane Kenneth Mohlala left his rural homestead on the outskirts of Steelpoort in Limpopo Province for the beckoning lights of Johannesburg. Today, Mohlala is the CEO of a company with an annual turnover in the region of R2.5-billion.
"The apartheid government took everything away from people, but it couldn't stop them from singing", says Lee Hirsch, director of the documentary Amandla!, an impassioned chronicle of the role of music as a means of protest and survival through more than 40 years of struggle against apartheid in South Africa.
Gary Player, one of the greatest golfers of all time and one of only five professionals to have won golf's grand slam of all four major championships, was presented with the Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award at the fourth annual Laureus World Sports Awards ceremony in Monaco.
Sports scientist Tim Noakes has won the University of Cape Town Book Award for the fourth edition of Lore of Running, the best-selling guide that is widely regarded as the "Runners' Bible", covering everything from the latest in research to training schedules, nutrition, psychology and advice on injuries.
South Africa joined the rest of the world in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the conquest of Mount Everest last week, and two South Africans made sure the flag flew on top of the world. Game ranger Sibusiso Vilane made history in the process, becoming the first black African to summit the world's highest mountain.
The Soweto Gospel Choir mixes earthy rhythms with rich harmonies to uplift the soul and express the energy of South Africa. After a 32-date tour of Australia and New Zealand, and four weeks at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, they've yet to go without a standing ovation. Not bad for a group that's only been together since November 2002.
The National Olympic Committee of SA's Operation Excellence programme is helping SA's top athletes in their quest for Olympic glory. Nocsa will spend about R50-million on its team for Athens 2004 - nowhere near the amounts spent by countries like the US, but spending wisely is spending well.