For almost a decade the Tomorrow Trust has been helping children get a better quality of education. In turn, this means they are able to become productive members of society, and help others.
Growing up, cakes were always a family affair for Nerine Gardiner, who baked her first cake at nine or 10. Today, as Girl with Cake, she bakes cakes and hands them to strangers who look like they need a little cheering up.
One of the top four mergers and acquisitions lawyers in the world operates out of an office in Africa's commercial heart. Peter Tshisevhe will not step away from a fight, and his fight now is for excellence: "We need our best and brightest to create the environment where we all grow" he says of South Africa.
No longer simply the exploiters of resources and people, the mining industry in South Africa today invests R3.9-billion a year in corporate social investment projects, more than any other sector on the stock exchange. Most of this investment is in communities around the mines' operations.
Thoko Matjokane had planned to go on vacation with her siblings, but they died before they went away. Undeterred, the pensioner took the trip. She was so pleased that on her return, she set about founding Gogo on Tour, an initiative to take elderly people on holiday, many for the first time.
An inspiring project is giving hope to prisoners at five correctional facilities by teaching them horticultural skills. And the proof is in the pudding: fewer people who have gone through the programme return to prison. Instead they concentrate on getting their lives back on track. And that’s “how we measure our success”.
Phakama Women's Academy, a corporate social investment mentoring programme, has set 25 young women on the road to success in the marketing and communications industry.
Cape Town's Zip Zap Circus works with HIV-positive youth. A concert in conjunction with Médecins Sans Frontières and the Treatment Action Campaign on World Aids Day will promote putting condoms in schools, sticking to your treatment and overturning the stigma of the virus.
Through her organisation the Lyrical Base Project, poet Bulelwa Basse empowers and motivates women, helping to uplift poor communities and invest in their artistic expression through creative writing, poetry and performing arts.