At just 34, one of the country's best runners died in a car crash on his way to an athletics meeting. A shy guy off the track, Mbulaeni Mulaudzi was aggressive and competitive when he was running, a mental toughness that brought him medals aplenty. He had turned his talents to coaching young rural athletes before his death.
Joan Brickhill, grande dame of South African theatre, has taken her final bow. After a lifetime in the spotlight, the all-singing, all-dancing, all-razzmatazz actress has gone on to the great stage in the sky. She shall be missed; they just don't make 'em like that anymore.
In 2007, Nelson Mandela inaugurated The Elders, a group of wise statesmen and women, who use their experience and wisdom to improve the world and resolve seemingly intractable conflict. They travelled to South Africa to say good bye to their founding father.