Secrecy over who funds political parties should trigger fears that government decisions will reflect the wishes of large donors.
A clandestine system of transfer payment, with roots in apartheid-era boycotts, has developed into routine behaviour on which many family budgets now depend.
The fossil fuel industry depends on massive government support, which makes the public foot the bill for a harmful and uncompetitive industry.
Politics is being reduced to personalities in South Africa. The real issue is whether the damage that's been done can be undone.
The contested law also defines the jurisdiction of traditional leaders in terms of territory. But traditional community boundaries are actually set by personal relationships.
Ramaphosa offered five simple yet bold goals for the next ten years that cut across the social and economic structural constraints that inhibit South Africa’s potential.
It's easy to report on access and inputs, but much more difficult to achieve educational quality and meaningful outcomes.
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.
If the country is to survive its current crisis, government will need to undertake two difficult tasks simultaneously.
The Timol ruling will not only have implications for crimes under apartheid, but also put the focus on torture within the South African Police Service.
Ramaphosa’s "new dawn" will require a rigorous evidence-base of what works to guide high-level policy planning and design.
South Africa will introduce the carbon tax which should be used to ensure benefits to poor communities.
Ramaphosa couldn't appoint people with a cloud over their heads, especially given his stated commitment to a clean and effective government.
Those in charge in South Africa following its recent election should focus on improving governance and weeding out corruption.
With the current state of the South African economy and public finances, the Parliamentary Budget Office could play a major role in ensuring that this happens. But the office is in complete disarray
President Cyril Ramaphosa has to ensure that reform of critical institutions is placed first. Everything else will be compromised if this fails.
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.
Some have argued that were the ANC to win 60% or more in this election, it would have given the party a blank cheque for further larceny
Community radio stations have thrown themselves into the political discussion with gusto.
The election will not change the government, but may change the balance of power between the two factions of the governing ANC, led by Cyril Ramaphosa and Jacob Zuma.