Mauritian President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim has been named the vice-chairman and trustee of the Planet Earth Institute (PEI). The organisation is striving for the scientific independence of Africa. South Africa is also actively engaging young people to take up careers in the Stem fields.
BroadReach Healthcare and Health Command Centre founders John Sargent and Ernest Darkoh have been named the 2015 Social Entrepreneur of The Year for their contribution to "the delivery of the fundamental human right of effective and accessible health care".
Sharanjeet Shan has joined more than 300 other social entrepreneurs from around the world as part of the Schwab Foundation community. Her organisation, Maths Centre, targets teachers of maths and science at some of South Africa's most under-resourced schools.
This Sunday's episode of the Play Your Part TV series looks at South Africans who are making their mark in the fields of education and empowerment.
IBM is championing innovative approaches to teaching and learning maths, science and technology through TryScience, a system that offers local learners an interactive learning experience.