The volunteer team of Rescue South Africa provides multi-agency, multi-disciplined responses to rapid-onset disasters in South Africa, across the southern African region and further abroad - saving lives while being ambassadors for the country.
Twenty-four South Africans were among the latest recipients of the country's highest honours for exceptional achievement, excellence in the creative arts and sport, friendship towards SA, and courage in the face of great danger.
Forty-seven men and women have received South Africa's highest civilian honours for exceptional service to the people of the country and for the roles they played in SA's fight for freedom.
Forty-one South Africans - and the members of two Defence Force rescue missions - have received the country's highest honours for outstanding contributions to nation building, the creative arts and sport, and for courage in the face of great danger.
Many people have stood looking down on Africa's plains from the top of Tanzania's Mount Kilimanjaro. When South African Sean Wisedale summited Africa's highest peak, however, he became only the 79th climber of all time, and the first African, to have climbed the highest mountain on each of the seven continents.
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.
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.
Aids activist Zackie Achmat features in TIME magazine's European edition as one of 35 "Heroes 2003" for his struggle to secure affordable antiretroviral drugs for South Africa's HIV/Aids sufferers.
Housing is at the forefront of the national agenda for delivery and the government is taking overall responsibility for providing houses to all.
Did you know that a Johannesburg-born player was elected as an NBA All-Star in 2002, to play in a match that celebrates the biggest guns in basketball in the United States?