As the world continues to battle Covid-19, South Africans have once again shown resilience, leadership, compassion, creativity and vision in the face of great adversity. Many have stepped up to help their own communities and others in need. Some, like Jane Johns from Cape Town, ran marathons in their gardens to raise money to feed the needy. Others, like 27-year-old Moeletji Mphahlele used their businesses to collect and donate masks and food. These South Africans are our everyday heroes, and today, on Mandela Day, we are celebrating them.

Masturah Adams, 66, Bo-Kaap, Cape Town

Masturah Adams, 66, Bo-Kaap, Cape Town

Ponani Shikweni

Ponani Shikweni, 32, Alexandra, Johannesburg

Ponani Shikweni, 32, Alexandra, Johannesburg

Jane Johns

Jane Johns, 35, Cape Town

Jane Johns, 35, Cape Town

Gill Rom, 45, Joburg

Gill Rom, 45, Joburg

Clinton Chetty, 39, Phoenix, KZN

Clinton Chetty, 39, Phoenix, KZN

Clinton Chetty, 39, Phoenix, KZN

Uagan Chetty, Gauteng

Uagan Chetty, Gauteng

Arnold Okkers, 46, Stellenbosch

Arnold Okkers, 46, Stellenbosch

Hillary Figland, 54, Delft, Cape Town

Hillary Figland, 54, Delft, Cape Town

Moeletji Concelia Mapheto, 27, Limpopo

Moeletji Concelia Mapheto, 27, Limpopo

Paul Pillay, 64, KwaZulu-Natal

Paul Pillay, 64, KwaZulu-Natal

Paul Pillay, 64, KwaZulu-Natal

Izak Pretorius, 43, Johannesburg

Izak Pretorius, 43, Johannesburg

Sarah Donnelly-Baxter, 45, Cape Town

Sarah Donnelly-Baxter, 45, Cape Town

Tam Emery

Tam Emery, 13, Rondebosch

Tam Emery, 13, Rondebosch

Christo Theron

Christo Theron, 52, George

Christo Theron, 52, George

Yaseen Theba, 44, Johannesburg

Yaseen Theba, 44, Johannesburg

Shafiq Jacobs, 64, Salt River, Cape Town

Shafiq Jacobs, 64, Salt River, Cape Town

Shafiq Jacobs, 64, Salt River, Cape Town

Sharin Rajman, 62, Merebank, Durban

Sharin Rajman, 62, Merebank, Durban

Sharin Rajman, 62, Merebank, Durban

Melanie Brand, 45, Rondebosch East, Cape Town

Melanie Brand, 45, Rondebosch East, Cape Town

Tersia Marshall

Tersia Marshall, 39, Mbombela

Tersia Marshall, 39, Mbombela

Catherine Whittle, 45, Durban

Catherine Whittle, 45, Durban

Catherine Whittle, 45, Durban

Rosie Kunneke

Rosie Kunneke, 43, Blikkiesdorp, Cape Town

Rosie Kunneke, 43

Wayne Boardman, 48, Johannesburg

Wayne Boardman, 48, Johannesburg

Zaheera Bham-Ismail, 41, Johannesburg

Zaheera Bham-Ismail, 41, Johannesburg

Jo Swart, Somerset West

Jo Swart, Somerset West

Tayla, Jodi-lee and Demi Talmage, Johannesburg

Tayla, Jodi-lee and Demi Talmage, Johannesburg

Marius and Carina Oosthuizen, Johannesburg

Marius and Carina Oosthuizen, Johannesburg

Charmaine Dorfling, 55, Despatch

Charmaine Dorfling, 55, Despatch

Hendrik Plaatjies, 36, and Donovan Hanekom, 40, Stellenbosch

Hendrik Plaatjies, 36, and Donovan Hanekom, 40, Stellenbosch

Olivia Parfitt, 24, Cape Town

Olivia Parfitt, 24, Cape Town