Only a couple of months until the elections, the frontrunner is behind bars and the economic agenda of the next government is anyone’s guess.
The 10th BRICS Summit delivered a mixed bag when judged on what it said on key issues, like global governance and trade.
The BRICS bloc can't be written off. At the same time it shouldn't be romanticised, given its internal challenges.
With international trade facing its greatest threat in decades, this club of China, Brazil, Russia, South Africa and India will have much to say about it.
Mandela did not make the decision to jettison Taiwan and recognise China. He adhered to a decision by the governing ANC.
South Africa must position itself to play a decisive role in shaping a new world order as the theUS retreats from global leadership.
The 10th BRICS Summit will be judged by how it tackles the prevailing global political and structural challenges.
Film could benefit China's soft power. It highlights the country's deep pockets and potential for wider audience appeal.
Many scholars argue that attracting migrants is essential to economic competitiveness in a globalising world.
On World TB Day 2018, eradicating TB finally looks like a goal that could be met — if political leaders can step up with cash and actions to match their political declarations.
South Africa, following its peaceful transition, occupied the moral high ground and could influence the agenda of intergovernmental bodies like the United Nations. Not anymore.
Policies encouraging lifestyle changes that reduce the risk of cancer could have positive effects on the economies of BRICS countries.
Sporting extravaganzas are a way for globalising cities in emerging market economies to try and play the "modernity game". But they don't make the rules, and so they can never "win".
The promise of BRICS was that it would usher in a new approach to development. But after meeting annually for the last nine years there's no sign that the old order has been challenged.
The sub-imperial formation called BRICS, which pretends to be a progressive global force could be divided by a series of crises.
The idea that South Africa must look towards the International Monetary Fund to rescue itself from the prevailing crisis must be dismissed.
Now that a judge has convicted Luiz Inacio da Silva of corruption and sentenced him him to almost a decade in prison, what's next for the country that loves him?
The BRICS bloc of states have resolved to establish an alternative credit rating agency to counter western dominance in the financial markets. Will it work?
South Africa considers itself to be playing a key role in promoting the 'African Agenda' in continental and world affairs. But perceptions in the rest of Africa tell a different story.
The Global Trends report provides a useful starting point to reflect on what's in store for Africa over the next five years. And how the continent should think about responding to its challenges.