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.
The black middle class are angry at their exclusion from mainstream economic activity.
Nelson Mandela's dream of a great rainbow nation has been badly but not fatally undermined by corruption, violence and inequality.
For democracy to work, the press has to be free.
Half of South Africa's population remain chronically poor, and the quarter in-between struggle to stay out of reach of destitution.
Three urgent issues at the interplay of foreign and domestic affairs will be of strategic long-term importance to South Africa and Africa.
South African voters are more likely to vote for the African National Congress led by Cyril Ramaphosa than they were when Jacob Zuma led the party.
South Africa isn't having an honest debate about proposals to fix its power utility Eskom, and the role that renewables might play.
Much deeper social forces underlie the struggles within the governing ANC and society over the shape of the economy.
Guaranteeing unemployed South Africans a job at the minimum wage would have a range of positive outcomes for the economy.
South Africa's finance minister delivered a budget that tried to balance serving the public interest, while maintaining the stability of public finances.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has committed South Africa to prioritising human rights and democracy. But, there's little evidence of this.
Many of the crime prevention strategies South African President Cyril Ramaphosa proposed have been tried, with few positive results.
Education remains one of government's key priority sectors yet it continues to be in a crisis.
Corruption has, over the past decade and a half, become one of South Africans' biggest concerns.
Countries that regulate political party funding do so to preserve their sovereignty and integrity of domestic politics.