Half of South Africa's population remain chronically poor, and the quarter in-between struggle to stay out of reach of destitution.
Three urgent issues at the interplay of foreign and domestic affairs will be of strategic long-term importance to South Africa and Africa.
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.
South Africa isn't having an honest debate about proposals to fix its power utility Eskom, and the role that renewables might play.
Much deeper social forces underlie the struggles within the governing ANC and society over the shape of the economy.
Guaranteeing unemployed South Africans a job at the minimum wage would have a range of positive outcomes for the economy.
South Africa's finance minister delivered a budget that tried to balance serving the public interest, while maintaining the stability of public finances.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has committed South Africa to prioritising human rights and democracy. But, there's little evidence of this.
Many of the crime prevention strategies South African President Cyril Ramaphosa proposed have been tried, with few positive results.
Education remains one of government's key priority sectors yet it continues to be in a crisis.
Corruption has, over the past decade and a half, become one of South Africans' biggest concerns.
Countries that regulate political party funding do so to preserve their sovereignty and integrity of domestic politics.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa's pronouncements on the power utility Eskom, during the State of the Nation Address may lead to significant changes in country's energy policy.
South Africa needs to make life as uncomfortable as possible for members of Zimbabwe's government.
The state capture inquiry is a remarkable political as well as legal event.
There's an assumption that a change of ownership would automatically mean a change in the role the Bank plays
Indications are that even an ANC victory at the polls is unlikely to reverse the party's decline in popular support.
A great deal of analysis on South Africa and the ruling ANC seems to be based on wishful thinking, not concrete reality.
Hugh Lewin is best known for two books that arose from his early involvement in the anti-apartheid underground.
The African National Congress faces two big challenges: fewer South Africans trust it, while its electoral support has been waning.