It's not clear whether South Africa's president can coordinate his ministers in a way that provides clarity about dealing with the country's energy crisis.
President Cyril Ramaphosa and his Finance Minister Tito Mboweni appear to have good intentions for the economy. But that's not enough.
South Africa's parliamentary system would make it difficult to achieve a fusion of parties.
South Africa and Nigeria have had a turbulent relationship dating back to the early 1990s.
Although Nigeria and South Africa are often cast as rivals they have a strong bilateral relationship
Xenophobia negates the spirit of pan-Africanism, especially its ideal that Africans share a mutual bond, regardless of their geographical location.
Colonialism and apartheid sought to make traditional leaders accountable to white officials by tying them to land.
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.