Robust credit ratings agencies are vital for the Australian economy, as the repercussions of their decisions are felt far and wide.
Protests in South Africa have largely been confined to black working class townships and informal settlements. Is this beginning to change?
The militant talk and antics by the ANC's ex-soldiers may seem like theatrics, but they are a chilling reminder of how Zimbabwe used armed militia to crash opponents and democracy.
What has been lost in stating the case for South Africa's credit rating is a tangible plan for strengthening governance and regulation of its state owned enterprises.
The ratings agency downgrade decision is not a surprise. It's a wake up call. South Africa has its work cut out.