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"We acknowledge your dedication and selfless service to the betterment of our country," Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said at the National Teaching Awards on Saturday, an event celebrating excellence in South African public education.
The Cape Town Cycle Tour, the world's largest timed cycling event, was cut to 47km because of fires along its traditional route. But that did not stop tens of thousands of people riding in and supporting the Show You Care Solidarity Ride.
Dr Buyisiwe Sondezi is a rare breed. The University of Johannesburg student overcame early stumbling blocks as a young learner to become the first woman in Africa to be awarded a doctoral degree in experimental physics of highly correlated matter.
Twenty-six men and women were the latest recipients of South Africa's highest honours for outstanding service to their communities, for the part they played in South Africa's fight for freedom, for their roles in the struggle against oppression worldwide, and for exceptional achievement.
Twenty-four South Africans were among the latest recipients of the country's highest honours for exceptional achievement, excellence in the creative arts and sport, friendship towards SA, and courage in the face of great danger.
Forty-seven men and women have received South Africa's highest civilian honours for exceptional service to the people of the country and for the roles they played in SA's fight for freedom.