Five South Africans were among the 25 inductees into the World Rugby Hall of Fame. The ceremony, conducted in England as they host the 2015 World Cup, honoured players who have made a positive impact on the world game.
Superfast swimmer Cameron van der Burgh and his teammates are making South Africa proud at the FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup. They have bagged several gold and silver medals, with Van der Burgh winning gold twice in two days. He is also top of the overall rankings.
When Natalie du Toit announced her retirement from competitive sport on completing her programme at the 2012 London Paralympics, she did so not only as the most successful South African Paralympian of all time, but as one of the most important figures in the history of disability sport.
Basil D'Oliveira never played for South Africa, yet was nominated one of the country's cricketers of the 20th century. While it was England that benefited from D'Oliveira's prowess with bat and ball, it was, ultimately, South Africa that was rewarded most by his actions on and off the field.
South Africa's record 53-8 victory over Australia in Johannesburg on 30 August 2008 was a bittersweet win, bringing the curtain down on the international career of Percy Montgomery, at that time the most capped Springbok in history.
Over the course of 60 years, athlete Wally Hayward excelled at distances ranging from 100 metres to 100 miles, represented South Africa at the Olympic Games and set world long distance records. His defining achievements, however, were reserved for one of the greatest ultra-marathons of them all: the Comrades.
Lucas Radebe was not the first South African footballer to make his mark at English club Leeds United. Albert Johanneson, although not the first South African at the club, made a big impact with 68 goals in 200 appearances for the All Whites.
Gary Player was on a roll back in 1965. Besides a string of victories around the world, he'd just won the US Open to complete golf's Grand Slam of majors. In the 1965 Natal Open, however, he played second fiddle to a self-taught golfer who had spent more time on the course as a caddie than as a player - and who held his club completely the "wrong" way.
Mention the Comrades Marathon, the world-famous 90-kilometre run between Durban and Pietermaritzburg, and one name still springs to mind: Bruce Fordyce, the "Comrades King", and one of the all-time greats of ultra-marathon running.
South Africa's Stanley Christodoulou, the first man to referee world title fights in all 17 weight categories, the third to oversee 100 world title bouts - and the one ringside judge to rule in favour of Lennox Lewis in his first infamous clash with Evander Holyfield - has been inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.