For the past nine years, Inyathelo The South African Institute for Advancement has handed out its Philanthropy Awards to some of the country's most deserving people. This year, five individuals noted for their commitment to the wellbeing of others.
Born in Spain but of African descent, Bisila Bokoko was so moved by a trip to discover her roots that she set up the Bisila Bokoko African Literacy Project. Through it, she builds libraries, donates books to African children, and runs a scholarship fund.
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.
US philanthropist Howard G Buffet, the elder son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett, has pledged nearly $24-million for a high-tech three-year initiative to fight rhino poaching in the Kruger National Park and test tactics that could be used against armed militia elsewhere in Africa.
The good work of ordinary people in making the world a better place is recognised by the Inyathelo Philanthropy Awards. Nominations are now open for this year's awards, which will be made in various categories, such as youth empowerment, health and the arts.