In South Africa in 2020, 56% of 1,200 respondents polled by pharmaceutical company Pharma said they were experiencing higher levels of emotional and psychological stress compared to before the pandemic. In the backdrop of this adverse year, Global Citizen lists five bursts of sunshine that brought a smile, a laugh or opened hearts in South Africa. From President Cyril Ramaphosa's public mishap (of struggling to put on his mask after a national address) that went viral and brought humor and solidarity into the strange new normal to students raising money to buy their classmate a new phone to a 65-year-old musician who launched her musical career in November and more, these stunning snapshots of the human spirit have provided solace in uncertain times.

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