South African Tourism is building a pilgrimage route following the life and times of Nelson Mandela through the four provinces that shaped his life. The organisation is confident that in time, people are going to see it as "a must-do kind of thing".
This World Aids Day on 1 December the HIV epidemic gets a shot of hope with the launch of the Search for the Next Positive Hero SA, which aims to create HIV-positive role-models for the five million South Africans living with the virus.
In the bustling township in Stellenbosch, there are few opportunities for the children. Life is hard and the lack of education means there is little hope of escape. But Songo.info is playing its part to open up a world filled with possibility for them.
At Rena Le Lona in Soweto, children affected by Aids and other challenges are helped to heal from their traumas and grow into well-rounded citizens. All forms of arts are used, and the children are able to explore a range of spiritual and religious practices to find peace.
With helmets on their heads and leather riding boots protecting their feet, bikers selflessly travel across South Africa each year, stopping off to help where they are needed. This year, among their many outreach activities, Bikers for Nelson Mandela Day will hand over handmade blankets.
South Africans are becoming more charitable – the country is bounding up the rankings in the World Giving Index – and privileged citizens are increasing efforts to spread the wealth. Changes to tax legislation will also make it easier for philanthropists to donate money and charities to be sustainable.
Nelson Mandela inspired many people through his thoughts, words and deeds, not least among them a variety of musicians, from pop singers to opera composers. Songs calling for his freedom reverberated around the world in the 1980s; others celebrating his release inspire audiences still.
Born in a small village in Transkei, Nelson Mandela moved to Johannesburg as a young man. He called several places home over the years, from a backyard shack in Alexandra to an upmarket house in well-heeled Houghton. In his retirement, he divided his time between the city and his rural retreat in Qunu.