Every year, thousands of volunteers around the world pitch in to help the Ocean Conservancy's global clean up. In South Africa, they picked up over 10 000kg of rubbish in 2014.
Dimphonyana Tsa Lapeng child-care centre in Olievenhoutbosch is taking care for the community further by encouraging people to collect recyclable waste and exchange it for food, toiletries and other day-to-day needs.
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.
Over 750 volunteers gathered in Pelican Park in Cape Town on Monday morning for the start of International Nelson Mandela Build Week. The goal: to build at least 67 houses in one week, to be handed over to their new owners on Nelson Mandela Day.