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Sangari helps teachers think out the box

The portable iBox is changing teaching at many South African schools. It combines ICT with high-tech presentation facilities, giving teachers a valuable resource. The remote clickers help them assess levels of understanding among pupils. The proof, believe some, can be seen in the pudding.

Cameras in hand, boys find their way

Bernard Viljoen works with former street children in downtown Jozi. Using disposable cameras, they are finding their voices and carving a path out of the wilderness. I Was Shot In Joburg is proving to be a saviour for these young boys, who otherwise would have fallen through the cracks.

SA couple row across the world

One man, one woman, one rowing boat, and a vast ocean – South African adventurer Riaan Manser and his fiancée, Vasti Geldenhuys, are the first people to row from mainland Africa to mainland United States on their TakeMe2NY voyage. It was a gruelling four-and-a-half months, but as they say, "You gotta wanna".

Changing the world, one IT Boot Camp at a time

The Change the World Trust IT Boot Camp competition is an opportunity for the organisation's top students to show off their newfound programming skills to win a top-of-the-range Android tablet.

Graça Machel is a heroine in her own right

With a life dedicated to universal education and ending child poverty, the wife of two of Africa's most revered leaders believes that we owe our children – the most vulnerable citizens in any society – a life free from violence and fear. Widowed twice, she fights on, knowing her work is not yet done.

Cleaning up the Braamfontein Spruit

Braving the winter chill, Johannesburg residents summed up their community spirit to clean up the city's much-loved Braamfontein Spruit.

Arts and entertainment in the spotlight in this week’s Play Your Part

Play Your Part TV seriesIconic musicians, theatre mavens and writers feature on the upcoming episode of the Play Your Part television series this Sunday. Tune in for inspiring stories from the arts and entertainment world. 

21st-century South Africans need to leave a lasting legacy

Play Your Part/ Sowetan DialoguesCommemorating Youth Day, the 18 June Sowetan Dialogues asked South Africa's young people to consider the legacy they want to leave for their children.

Flip flops for school shoes

A pair of flip flops from the Flip Flop Friday Winter Movement buys a school pupil in a cold province a sorely-needed pair of sturdy school shoes, so play your part and walk the talk.

Moviemaker Ian Gabriel tells South African stories

ianinner tbThere are thematic links between Ian Gabriel's two films, Forgiveness and Four Corners. The latter is about family trying to get beyond the past to make a new life; the former deals with apartheid and the difficulty of reconciliation.