South Africa's ruling party has lost its moral and intellectual capacity to claim the mantle of leadership. The country's economy won't recover unless new political alignments emerge.
A row between South Africa's finance minister and the country's Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations has prompted academics to pen an open letter asking President Jacob Zuma to intervene.
South Africa's response to the country's economic woes has amounted to little more than band-aid treatment. Government must do more to set the economy on a solid growth path.
A radical tightening of exchange controls against corporations and wealthy individuals offers a short-term solution to South Africa's balance of payments crisis.
A senior public official has berated South Africans for rallying behind Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, calling the action unhelpful. The crisp question is: unhelpful to whom?
South Africans living in communities along the country's east coast are engaged in intensive protests against mining companies, despite rising danger.
A gripping soap opera is unfolding in South Africa. The two protagonists are Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and the President Jacob Zuma. The jury's out on when the curtain will fall.
South Africa's government should put more effort into developing concrete strategies for dealing with the factors preventing the removal of the critical constraints on economic growth.
Finance minister Pravin Gordhan would need President Zuma’s undivided support to drive bold economic reforms. But, signs suggest that he does not have such support and is undermined by the president.
South Africa's finance minister delivered a good mix of macro and micro-economic strategies to ensure the country survives economic uncertainty, restores confidence and achieves some growth.
Research in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, shows that many young, black and poor people do not recognise themselves or their communities in the stories they see, hear or read in mainstream media.
Some hard-to-hear facts are not included in the World Bank's new discussion note on poverty and inequality in South Africa.
South Africa's government should urgently announce a moratorium on civil service employment growth. The country has reached its upper limit in the number of civil servants that can be sustained.
South African opposition politician Julius Malema has blamed economic policies put in place during Nelson Mandela's era for the country's high levels of inequality. He may have a point.
South Africans are all poorer as a result of Jacob Zuma's decision to replace his finance minister. But there maybe benefits too. The debacle suggests his grip on power has been weakened.
South Africa has had three finance ministers in four days. President Jacob Zuma will live with the fall-out for the rest of his term. Markets have a long-term memory and won't easily forget.
Academics from several South African universities say that in the current world economy decisions about any country's finance minister cannot be made "lightly or capriciously".
The removal of Minister Nene is a significant act. The fact that he has been replaced by someone who is unknown and untested simply compounds it.
South Africa needs to spend more to stimulate economic growth. But this should not be unproductive or wasteful expenditure.