Ashoka - Sanskrit for "the active absence of sorrow" - is a global organisation working to support and provide a network for social entrepreneurs in their quest to cure social ills.
A new housing project has been launched in Ga-Rankuwa to build 850 new dwellings, part of a programme to make the township the first in South Africa to be free of squatter camps.
In the quaint Western Cape village of Franschhoek, a landless community, landowners and investors are implementing a pioneering model of land reform that may be the answer to resolving one of South Africa's most pressing challenges.
"This is what the people of South Africa have asked for: a decent house," says Housing Minister Lindiwe Sisulu of Cosmo City north of Johannesburg. A mixed development of 12 500 dwellings, Cosmo City will have free and subsidised dwellings, rental apartments and bonded houses, as well as schools, churches, shops, parks, sports facilities and businesses.
The Starfish Greathearts Foundation is challenging South Africans - along with individuals from around the world - to host a dinner in their own homes to raise funds for children orphaned or made vulnerable by HIV/Aids.
Work has begun on one of SA's most ambitious housing projects to date. The multi-million rand N2 Gateway Project will benefit over 100 000 people who squat along the highway leading from Cape Town International Airport - and pilot a new model for tackling urban development in the country.
The R98-million Brickfields Housing Project in Newtown, Johannesburg - the largest public-private partnership in residential housing ever in South Africa - has been officially opened by President Thabo Mbeki.
British singer/songwriter Elton John has opened a care centre in Eldorado Park, Johannesburg that runs life skills projects for orphaned, abused and neglected children.
The state's expanded public works programme will see between R15-billion and R20-billion pumped into SA's economy over the next five years, with the aim of employing a million people by 2010.
The Unemployment Insurance Fund has gone fully electronic - but less than 10% of South Africa's employers have supported its move to a database system, and complied with the law, by forwarding their employees' particulars to the Fund.