The South African Social Investment Exchange facilitates investment in selected "social profit" projects, each scrutinised as thoroughly as any company listing on a formal stock exchange, and made available to the public as investment opportunities with a social return in the form of improving lives.
First National Bank has launched a R800-million affordable housing development that will see more than 3 000 houses being built in a new suburb in Soweto.
Sunette Pienaar, the founder of an organisation that assists orphans around the country, has been named South Africa's "Social Entrepreneur 2006" by the Schwab Foundation.
South Africa's affordable housing market is looking to alternative building materials in a competition designed to foster innovation in the industry.
A public-private partnership between the government and banking group Absa has resulted in the launch of a R400-million housing development project at Olievenhoutbosch near Centurion in Gauteng.
All over South Africa, people and organisations are working to uplift the poor, save the environment, care for children and develop the country's economy. Rewarding these interventions is the mandate of the Impumelelo Innovations Award Trust, which recently held its 2005 awards ceremony.
South Africa has a new category of public servant. Community development workers will help the government with service delivery by improving communication and helping local people to access services to which they are entitled.
SA's R36-billion casino industry has become one of the first outside the US to bind itself to a code of conduct, which it will use to promote a culture of responsible gambling in the country.
South Africa is well on the way to meeting its Millennium Development Goals before the 2015 deadline, according to a government report detailing the country's challenges and successes in poverty alleviation and sustainable social development.
Want to help charity, give back to your community, donate skills, time and money and generally change the world - but don't know where to start? South African philanthropy is now a click of a mouse away, thanks to an organisation called Greater Good.