Harold Wolpe showed how poor rural areas subsidised low wages of migrant workers’ wages.
During the apartheid period in South Africa – 1948 to 1994 – a lively intellectual culture of opposition emerged on some of the country’s university campuses and within the broader anti-apartheid movement…
Debate about SA Reserve Bank’s mandate must be done in a more considered manner, informed by evidence.
The debate about the mandate of the South African Reserve Bank must be located within a clearly articulated political vision and social compact on the kind of society South Africans aspire to.
Cyril Ramaphosa takes the oath as his inauguration as President of South Africa.
Politics is being reduced to personalities in South Africa. The real issue is whether the damage that's been done can be undone.
Musician Ndikho Xaba.
Supplied by the Xaba family.
Musician Ndikho Xaba rejected boundaries. He lived and played what he believed -- uncompromisingly
Jonas Gwangwa in 2010.
The politics of Jonas Gwangwa's music have stayed constant over the years, and are also apparent in the eight albums he has released in South Africa since returning from 30 years of exile.
Glen Mashinini, the head of South Africa’s electoral commission announces the 2019 elections results.
The recent election has shown again that the extremism which worries democrats in much of the world has little traction in South Africa.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa cheers during the results announcement ceremony in Pretoria, South Africa.
Why do once mighty political parties sometimes collapse? Two reasons that have driven some into obscurity are corruption and conflicts within the party. The ANC suffers from both.
Peter Marais, the Freedom Front Plus’ candidate for Western Cape premier, left, and party leader, Pieter Groenewald.
Brendan Magaar/African News Agency(ANA).
The FF+'s constituency is overwhelmingly Afrikaner white Protestants. But, it appears to have made inroads among coloured conservatives.
Actor Peter Paul Muller as Bram Fischer in the film ‘An Act of Defiance’.
South African lawyer Bram Fischer has been idealised in a post-1994 context. He was raised in a position of privilege, but he used it to defy the injustice of the society that raised him.
Local communities have taken advantage of campaign trail visits by leaders such as President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Community radio stations have thrown themselves into the political discussion with gusto.
African National Congress supporters at the party’s manifesto launch.
South Africa has the world’s largest white minority living under black rule.Colour line tensions might remain a feature of the country's political landscape.
Nelson Mandela and outgoing president Frederik Willem de Klerk.
Nelson Mandela's dream of a great rainbow nation has been badly but not fatally undermined by corruption, violence and inequality.
South African politician Julius Malema often attacks journalists.
For democracy to work, the press has to be free.
A man challenges police during a protest in Eldorado Park, Johannesburg.
To claim that protests are being organised suggests sinister motives. But all protest is organised. So are cake sales and shopping expeditions.
South Africa urgently needs to get its economy moving again.
Half of South Africa's population remain chronically poor, and the quarter in-between struggle to stay out of reach of destitution.
Cyril Ramaphosa, president of South Africa and of the ruling African National Congress.
South African voters are more likely to vote for the African National Congress led by Cyril Ramaphosa than they were when Jacob Zuma led the party.
Mmusi Maimane, leader of South Africa’s main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, on the campaign trail.
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There is a huge divide between what is important right now and what the election is likely to be about.
Villagers till their fields in South Africa’s North West Province. Access to land for small holder farmers remains unresolved.
Land reform programme has done very little to improve access to land for black South Africans.
South Africans queue to cast their vote in a recent election. The country holds five-yearly national elections on 8 May.
South Africa's polls have been praised for adhering to international election best practice. But, they are not without problems.
Editor Max du Preez with one of the early editions of Vrye Weekblad.
A progressive Afrikaans newspaper will be relaunched soon. But Vrye Weekblad can't trade on its history alone. It will need to consider the challenges of the present and the future.