Khi Solar One is Africa's first concentrated solar power plant. Situated outside of Upington in the Northern Cape, the 140-hectare plant will produce 50 megawatts of power by using 4 200 concave mirrors to reflect and concentratea large area of sunlight onto a small area on a 205 metre tower.
It looks like something from a sci-fi film, with its massive tower and thousands of wall-like solar mirrors set in an arid and deserted landscape. But Khi Solar One, Africa's first concentrated solar power project, is a very real example of the future of renewable energy.
Veterinary services, as well as basic pet care and grooming, are offered through the Mdzananda Animal Welfare Clinic in the Cape Town township. Animals are known to brings smiles to faces and love to the ill and lonely. Improving their lives, improves the lives of their owners.
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.
A decade ago, a group of volunteers – many of them ex-pats – took up the challenge to improve the chances of the underprivileged children of Diepsloot. Edu Fun still brings fun to education and hope for a brighter future to the school.
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.
Health goes hand-in-hand with a quality life. Nelson Mandela was one of the most outspoken visionaries when it came to the health and wellness of the world's citizens. Today, his legacy lives on in the foundation named for him, and the hospital being built in his honour.
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.