The curtain may have come down on the Cape Town World Cinema Festival, but something in the local movie landscape changed noticeably in 2004. World Cinema made a small but significant dent in Hollywood's hegemony - and a string of new South African films were strongly to the fore.
"Please, sir, may I have some more?" Filmmaker Tim Greene knows about sticking out his hand - and his neck. With a great script but empty pockets, Greene asked 1 000 investors to risk R1 000 each on a story of a street kid based on the classic "Oliver Twist". Three years later, "Boy Called Twist" hits SA's screens - with the longest associate producer credit title sequence in history.
It's taken Barbara Lindop two years to bring to fruition a project she is intensely passionate about: recording the music and songs of the late exiled artist Gerard Sekoto onto "an illustrious album" due to hit the music stores before the end of the year.
Sixteen milk cans, transformed into works of art by well-known South African artists, have been auctioned in Cape Town to raise money for a charity that feeds over 86 000 children a day.
Brenda Fassie, wild child of South African pop, gave a voice to marginalised black South Africans - and got people dancing across the colour line. Despite drug addiction, divorce, the death of her lesbian lover and more, Fassie continued to deliver the goods, becoming the biggest-selling artist SA has produced.
Charlize Theron has become the first South African to win an Oscar, scooping the coveted Academy Award for best actress for her searing portrayal of Aileen Wournos - executed in 2002 for murdering six men - in Monster.
He is 20 years old, Soweto born and raised, already a principal dancer with Ballet Theatre Afrikan, and about to showcase his first major choreography, a ballet, at the State Theatre in Pretoria.
The Limpopo government has launched a R1.3-million project to build a central library in the province to store, preserve and provide information and services on indigenous music.
Writer JM Coetzee won the Nobel Prize in Literature for 2003, becoming the second South African to scoop literature's most prestigious prize. The Swedish Academy, announcing their decision, noted the "capacity for empathy that has enabled Coetzee time and again to creep beneath the skin of the alien and the abhorrent".
William Kentridge is not only South Africa's best-known artist, he is also regarded as an artist of great importance internationally, with galleries around the world queuing up to exhibit his works.