• In January, SARU unveiled Heyneke Meyer as the new Springbok coach, replacing Peter de Villiers. (Gallo Images)
  • In March in the Test series against New Zealand, Vernon Philander became the second-fastest bowler in the history of Test cricket to claim 50 wickets. (Duif du Toit / Gallo Images)
  • Orlando Pirates lifted the ABSA Premiership trophy on the 21 May to complete a historic treble for the Soweto club. (Gallo Images)
  • South Africa's Wiaan Liebenberg holds the trophy as he celebrates his team's victory over New Zealand during their IRB Junior World Championship match at Newlands in Cape Town. South Africa ended the dominance of New Zealand in the IRB Junior World Championship with a thrilling 22-16 triumph in the final. (AFP PHOTO / RON GAUNT)
  • Baby Boks and Bulls centre Jan Serfontein celebrated with the IRB Junior Player of the Year award after starring in the IRB Junior World Championship. (AFP PHOTO / RON GAUNT)
  • In June, Gordon Igesund was appointed as the new Bafana Bafana coach by SAFA, after they discarded Pitso Mosimane following a run of mediocre results in qualification for the 2014 Soccer World Cup. (Gallo Images)
  • In July, Mark Boucher's illustrious career for the Proteas was prematurely ended after he was struck in the eye by a bail in a freak accident during a friendly match between Somerset and South Africa. (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)
  • Ernie Els of South Africa waves as he holds the Claret Jug, 'The Golf Champion Trophy' after winning the 2012 Open Championship. It was his fourth Major overall and his second win at the Open. (AFP PHOTO / PETER MUHLY)
  • Hashim Amla of South Africa is applauded off the field by his team-mates after achieving the highest South African Test innings of 311 runs not out during the first Test between England and South Africa at the Oval in London on July 22, 2012. (AFP PHOTO / IAN KINGTON)
  • South Africa's Cameron van der Burgh celebrates after winning the 100m breaststroke final at the London 2012 Olympic Games. (AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON)
  • South Africa's Chad Le Clos (centre) poses on the podium with the gold medal flanked by silver medalist (left) US swimmer Michael Phelps and bronze medalist (right) Japan's Takeshi Matsuda after winning the 200m butterfly final at the London 2012 Olympic Games. (AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI)
  • (L-R) South Africa's James Thompson, Matthew Brittain, John Smith and Sizwe Ndlovu pose on the podium after receiving the gold medal in the men's lightweight four final at the London 2012 Olympic Games, at Eton Dorney Rowing Centre in Eton. (AFP PHOTO / ERIC FEFERBERG)
  • South Africa's Bridgitte Hartley poses on the podium with her bronze medal won in the kayak single (K1) 500m final during the London 2012 Olympic Games, at Eton Dorney Rowing Centre in Eton. (AFP PHOTO / FRANCISCO LEONG)
  • South Africa's silver medalist Caster Semenya celebrates after the women's 800m final at the London 2012 Olympic Games. (AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE)
  • South African captain Graeme Smith (centre) celebrates with the team as he holds the ICC Test mace to signify that his side is the No 1 Test side in the world after beating England in the third Test at Lord's. South Africa replaced England as the world's No 1 Test side with a 51-run victory. (AFP PHOTO / IAN KINGTON)
  • Flagbearer Oscar Pistorius leads South Africa's Paralympic delegation parade. Oscar had earlier become the first double-amputee to compete in an able-bodied Olympics in the 400m. (AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL)
  • South Africa's Natalie du Toit brought down the curtain on a glittering career in which she won over 22 medals in major events, including 12 at Paralympics and six in able-bodied events at the Commonwealth Games and All Africa Games. (AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS)
  • On September 23, Corrie Sanders was tragically killed in an armed robbery. The South African boxing legend, who once held the Heavyweight Championship of the World, died shielding his daughter from the bullets of the gunmen, prompting people to say that he died as he had lived... as a hero. (Getty Images)
  • Bryan Habana scored a hat-trick of tries against the Wallabies in their Rugby Championship game at Loftus Versveld in the Springboks' 31-8 demolition. In doing so he became the highest try scorer in the history of the competition and extended his record as the Springbok with the most career tries to 47. (Gallo Images)
  • On the 19th October Bafana assistant coach and former Supersport assistant coach Thomas Madigage died in a tragic car accident. His death was mourned by all the luminaries of South African and world football alike. (Gallo Images)
  • Western Province ended an 11-year drought without winning the Currie Cup with 25-18 victory over the Sharks at the Shark Tank in the Currie Cup final. (Ziyaad Douglas / Gallo Images)
  • Heyneke Meyer's Springboks ended their end of year tour undefeated after victories over Ireland, Scotland and England. It was the first time since 2008 that the Springboks had gone undefeated on an end of year tour. (Duif du Toit / Gallo Images)