The state injects over R3-billion a month into poor households' budgets through social grants, providing support to over 10 million South Africans.
Much has been done to ensure that the Constitutional right of every South African citizen to clean water is becoming a reality.
Of South Africas over 12 million learners, more than 90 percent are in school - a far higher enrolment rate than in most other developing countries.
Housing is at the forefront of the national agenda for delivery and the government is taking overall responsibility for providing houses to all.
The Big Issue has always aimed tall - creating jobs and tackling some of the obstacles that keep poor people from participating in society. Now the magazine, sold by homeless people in Cape Town and Johannesburg, is gearing up to go nationwide.
Want to feed the hungry? Spare a few minutes, and a few clicks, and you can make your contribution for free, from your keyboard, on the web site of an organisation that started four years ago with three women, loads of dedication - and very little else.
Directory of Eskom call centres, plus contacts for the National Electricity Regulator.