South African climber Mandy Ramsden is not well-known outside mountaineering circles, but she's on the brink of a remarkable achievement: becoming the first African woman to climb the highest peaks on each of the world's seven continents.
• Hiking the dragon's back
Vineyards leading to the sea, flat and rocky desert plains, the jagged points of the Drakensberg Mountains, their softer green foothills, regimented plantations of pine – South Africa’s landscapes are diverse, but all beautiful.
• Gallery: SA's new ape-man species
A major HIV counselling and testing campaign will be launched in South Africa this April. Recognised as the most comprehensive in the world to date, the drive aims to have 15-million South Africans tested by June 2011.
• Zimbabwean fathers fight HIV
A programme spearheaded by Volkswagen and a German child aid organisation is bringing the joy of sport, important life lessons and 2010 Fifa World Cup fever to thousands of disadvantaged youngsters in South Africa.
• Alex to host Football for Hope
South African surfer Chris Bertish arrived at the Mavericks Big Wave Surf Contest in California at the last minute, without his surfboard, wetsuit or even a toothbrush, but went on to win the invitation-only Superbowl of surfing in style.
• Scuba-diving South Africa