A succession of leaders have failed to address its problems.
Once more into the breach.
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Prime Minister Theresa May proved a bit of a push over instead of wielding the axe in her cabinet reshuffle.
South African President Jacob Zuma faces a vote of no confidence.
South Africa's Constitutional Court has the difficult task of deciding whether MPs can have the protection of a secret ballot when voting whether to fire President Zuma or not.
South African President Jacob Zuma is appealing a High Court ruling that he give reasons for his controversial cabinet reshuffle.
President Jacob Zuma's grounds for appeal are surreal. He invokes the meaning of a rule set by the apartheid context he ferociously fought against, to justify his executive action in a democracy.
Recent protests against President Jacob Zuma outside parliament in Cape Town.
A ruling by a South African court makes it unlikely that the country will see any nuclear development in the foreseeable future.
The face and character of protests in South Africa seems to be changing.
Protests in South Africa have largely been confined to black working class townships and informal settlements. Is this beginning to change?
South Africa’s cabinet reshuffle saw Malusi Gigaba become finance minister and Sifiso Buthelezi his deputy.
A captured South African Treasury is bad news for the country's poor but the view that the capture is a natural enemy of the market economy is a myth.
A protester waves the South African flag during a mass protest demanding President Jacob Zuma step down.
The promise of Easter, which Christians around the world celebrate, can be likened to the new struggle in South Africa for a new leadership and government that cares about the people.
South Africa’s new Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba.
An ideological debate is desperately needed to sort out options South Africa could pursue to find a way out of its economic morass.
South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma looks on as his new cabinet members are sworn in.
The best chance South Africa has of recovering from sub-investment grade credit rating status is to have leaders who are prepared to break rank with the small-mindedness of the ruling party.
Malusi Gigaba has been appointed as South Africa’s finance minister.
South Africa's energy sector is perhaps at its most fluid and unpredictable stage it has ever been in.
South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma has shafted and shifted 20 cabinet posts.
The focus will now be on how the social democratic and left-leaning members of South Africa's cabinet -- the "constitutionalists" -- will respond to the reshuffle.
The new Science Minister, Senator Arthur Sinodinos.
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What challenges will Arthur Sinodinos face as he becomes the latest to take up the science portfolio?
Double time: Josh Frydenberg has added environment to his energy portfolio.
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Will merging the environment and energy portfolios result in joined-up thinking, or one set of ideas steamrollering the other?
South Africa’s nuclear deal with Russia is part of the backdrop to the current crisis.
President Jacob Zuma's era has been characterised by a high turnover, not only of cabinet members, but also senior public officials and executives in state-owned enterprises.
South Africa’s Justice Sisi Khampepe swears in David van Rooyen as the new Minister of Finance while President Jacob Zuma looks on.
The sudden expulsion of the finance minister makes it hard not to be pessimistic about the South African government's ability to manage the difficult challenges it might face in 2016.
Culture wars ahead for the Beeb?
On the face of it, John Whittingdale's appointment as media and culture secretary spells trouble for the BBC.
Scott Morrison has lobbied and manoeuvred for months for an expansion or change of role.
Tony Abbott has seized the opportunity for a significant reshuffle that he says puts “jobs and families” at the heart of his 2015 agenda, as he seeks to “reset and refocus” his battered government. The…
Senator Arthur Sinodinos has resigned, as prime minister Tony Abbott prepares to reshuffle his team.
Senator Arthur Sinodinos has announced his resignation from the ministry, clearing the way for Prime Minister Tony Abbott…
Rudd’s new ministry retains several well-known figures in their previous roles but also includes a few newer names.
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Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has named his new cabinet, which features a few familiar names and several others that will be…