Cyril Ramaphosa being sworn in as the President of South Africa by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng.
Presidents Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki sought to use South Africa's diplomatic service to enable the country to punch above its weight.
Negotiation was key to convincing Jacob Zuma to step down as South Africa’s president.
The politicians who removed Zuma are likely to be running the government for the next five years. Current events were their first test and offered a hint of how the country may be governed.
Zimbabwe opposition Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai addressing a crowd outside parliament in Harare last year.
But for ZANU-PF's coercion, Tsvangirai could well have ushered in a democratic era in Zimbabwe as the country's second president.
Nelson Mandela and his successor Thabo Mbeki presided over the halcyon days of South Africa’s new democracy.
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.
Koeberg Nuclear Power Plant.
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For South Africa decommissioning its nuclear plant Koeberg is a reality that cannot be ignored much longer.
The fight for free university education in South Africa is entering its fourth year.
In many respects, President Jacob Zuma's free higher education proposal in South Africa is the worst kind of populism.
If Africa’s maritime territories are strengthened this will open the door to sustainable blue economy opportunities.
If African countries and their regional bodies want to reap substantially from the blue economy, then it's time for the continent to invest heavily in securing its maritime resources.
Delegates attending the 54th National Conference of the ruling African National Congress in South Africa.
A closer look at the resolution of South Africa's ruling party, the ANC, show that it won't undertake a radical economic transformation agenda as suggested by media reports.
The Steinhoff corporate scandal will do South Africa a huge service if it makes the point that corruption and mismanagement have nothing to do with race.
People move around the outskirts of Dagahaley settlement at Kenya’s Dadaab Refugee Camp.
UN Refugee Agency special envoy Ambassador Mohamed Abdi Affey, explains what caused the reversal of the decision to close Dadaab, and what the future holds for Kenya's Somali refugees.
South African public sector workers march for higher pay.
Proposed changes to South Africa's labour laws would make it almost impossible to strike and render the planned national minimum wage unenforceable.
Students from Wits University, in Johannesburg, during a protest for free education.
The South African oddity is that those who in other societies would be arguing against free passes for the affluent, argue for them.
It's still unclear whether Zimbabwe will manage an effective transition to participatory democracy and freedom. And the current signs are not encouraging.
The single greatest failure of current punditry is the refusal to recognise that context matters. A one-size-fits-all approach to solving Zimbabwe's complex set of problems simply won't help.
Countries - including many in Africa - have moved towards democracy incrementally. They have zig-zagged and sometimes regressed. Events in Zimbabwe should be seen in this light.
Protesters at a rally outside parliament in preparation ahead of the proposed impeachment of President Robert Mugabe.
A week after the army issued its limp-wristed and ambiguous statement that Mugabe should go, he remains in place, and a new avenue - impeachment - is being pursued to get rid of him.
The storm clouds above South Africa’s universities could be dissipated with careful fiscal planning.
Alternative scenarios for tertiary funding in South Africa are set out in a completely separate report from the Davis Tax Committee drawing from work done by the higher education department.
President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace have become increasingly divisive figures in Zimbabwe.
The protracted political crisis in Zimbabwe has worsened since President Mugabe fired vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa. Now the military has entered the fray, raising fears a coup is imminent.
Ukrainians mark the first anniversary of the Orange Revolution in 2005.
South Africa's governing party is invoking concepts and emulating strategies first developed by authoritarian regimes in Eurasia.
There are claims President Jacob Zuma may push through irresponsible proposals relating to higher education funding.
The imposition of the fee free higher education proposal on South Africa's National Treasury without due consideration represents an escalation of the state capture led by President Jacob Zuma.