Khwezi Oils shakes up South Africa’s green fuel market

Brian Mpono is a green crusader who walks the talk. He enriches local households, buying their waste cooking oil, and sells the refined biofuel product on to local businesses to fuel their operations.

A media guide to the Oscar Pistorius trial

Paralympian athlete Oscar Pistorius' murder trial, set to start on Monday 3 March, is a landmark case for the media. A groundbreaking court ruling makes it the first time in South African history a criminal trial will be broadcast live on TV, instantly streamed via audio apps, and live-tweeted to the world.

Project Dignity offers girls support and female health education

A very real, critical – but overlooked – problem led one KwaZulu-Natal mother to design an award-winning out of the box solution. Project Dignity supplies Subz packs to rural and poor schoolgirls across the country, along with an innovative education solution. The project is so successful, it is being expanded to other African countries.

Blecher changes the education paradigm

From Cida to the Maharishi Institute, Taddy Blecher is taking his inside-out approach to education and philanthropic philosophy to a whole new level. There are no hand-outs at this business school – each graduate pays for another student who takes his place in a cycle aimed at improving the community as a whole. We can end poverty, he says.

From township to space, the world’s first black African astronaut

It's a long way from Mabopane to outer space, but Mandla Maseko has strapped on his boots and is on the way there. The young DJ will be the first black African astronaut, after beating a million or so contestants to win the global Axe Apollo Space Academy competition.

Across the Colour Bar: Nthabiseng’s story

Nthabiseng Hibbert is an ordinary South African woman who, for the past two decades, has lived in a modest home in Katlehong, one of the country's largest – and poorest – black urban townships. Only one thing sets her apart from her neighbours: Nthabiseng is white.

Candice Swanepoel, SA’s covergirl

With earnings of $3.3-million last year, South African model Candice Swanepoel ranks ninth on the Forbes top-earning models list. Now she's been featured on the cover of Victoria's Secret's latest swim catalogue - for the fourth consecutive year.

When the sky is not the limit

Her own dream started at 17, and to secure the aviation career dreams of other young women, Refilwe Ledwaba established the non-profit Southern African Women in Aviation and Aerospace Industry.
Aviation, maritime careers for youth

Conquering South Africa’s litterbug

A pair of South Africans determined to see cleaner beaches around the country's coastlines will embark on a seven-month journey to create awareness about littering and the changes in attitude that citizens should embrace.
Recycling as a way of life

Regina Mundi’s golden celebration

The Regina Mundi Catholic church – an icon of South Africa's liberation struggle – recently celebrated its golden jubilee.
"The excitement never left us"