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.
A maturing relationship. Chinese President Xi Jinping at the opening of the China-Africa summit in Johannesburg.
For the grand plans unveiled at the China-Africa summit to succeed, Africa will have to cooperate more extensively. The larger and more successful nations need to become sub-regional leaders.
The Nairobi-Thika highway is being built by China Wuyi, Sinohydro and Shengeli Engineering Construction, and is funded by Kenya, China and the African Development Bank.
China offers an alternative to traditional donors and investors in low- and middle-income countries. Adding to its appeal is its focus on infrastructure projects.
The skylines of Alexandra township and Sandton City. Decolonising education involves helping students understand how different experiences shape our world.
Decolonising education should be about ensuring that students learn more about other fellow South Africans who might be different to them.
The Open Government Partnership can play an important part by increasing trust among citizens and public accountability in Africa.
The Open Government Partnership promotes transparency, public accountability and civic participation in government to combat corruption. It is hoped South Africa will help it grow in Africa.
China’s choice of South Africa to host the China-Africa summit underscores the special relationship between the two countries.
The Africa-China summit will provide an opportunity to get a feel for how Chinese President Xi Jinping is responding to democratic developments in Africa.
Miners pray during the one-year anniversary commemoration of the killings of 34 striking miners by police outside Lonmin’s Marikana platinum mine.
The reporting of the Marikana massacre was characterised by embedded journalism, sensationalism and polarisation of views. The media became a loudspeaker for powerful political and economic interests.
Tunisian women marking International Women’s Day. The country scores poorly when it comes to women’s safety.
The world is generally not safe for women. But some projects in North Africa provide a glimpse of hope as the world marks the UN's International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
Tanzania’s John Magufuli greets ruling party members after being declared winner of the presidential elections.
Tanzania’s new president, John Pombe Magufuli, needs to change the country's lukewarm attitude to the EAC and regional integration, which has cast a shadow over the future prospects of the region.
President Jacob Zuma took over as leader of the ANC with a promise to reconnect the party with the people. His legacy suggests otherwise.
Judged by general citizen sentiment expressed at the grassroots, Jacob Zuma has failed to bring the ANC closer to the people. Research shows substantial alienation between the ANC and communities.
South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma being welcomed on his arrival in Khartoum by Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir earlier this year.
Reuters/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah
South Africa's withdrawal from the ICC could have mere symbolic value. The country will continue to have obligations to binding decisions taken by the UN Security Council – including those pertaining to the court.
South African rugby coach Heyneke Meyer sings the national anthem at the World Cup.
Reuters / Eddie Keogh
South Africa's rugby administrators are facing increased criticism for their failure to shed its white image. The tone of the debate is different this time, amid growing protests against inequality.
A Yemeni girl holds a baby in a temporary shelter at the port town Bosasso in Somalia’s Puntland after fleeing war in Yemen.
Reuters/Feisal Omar T
Although Africa is familiar with large-scale refugee crises, it is uncommon for it to host people seeking protection from outside the continent, as is the case with thousands of Yemeni refugees.
Ivory Coast’s President Alassane Ouattara at an election campaign rally.
Ivory Coast’s democratic election in 2015 may be another example of good news out of Africa that is ignored by the global media.
A racially segregated train station entrance during apartheid.
The infamous Muldergate scandal of the 1970s was the exemplar case of apartheid’s "unorthodox diplomacy" of buying influence around the world.
AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo is fighting a 12-year jail sentence for arson and other crimes.
By challenging the courts, King Dalindyebo is testing the degree of impunity with which traditional leaders can get away.
South Africa is far from being the non-racial, classless society envisaged by 1970s activists.
The egalitarian society envisioned by political activists and thinkers Rick Turner and Steve Biko has not been realised. But, they continue to inspire critiques of post-apartheid South Africa.
To mark the African National Congress' policy review conference, we bring you a selection of previously published articles about the state of South Africa's governing party and the country.
Robert Mugabe, the nonagenarian Zimbabwean president, is the poster boy for Africa’s ageing leaders.
Why is Africa so saddled with ageing presidents who ought to be enjoying their retirement in peace when the continent desperately needs young, agile and innovative leaders equal to its challenges?
Mickael, from Eritrea, sits close to a security fence on the main access route to the ferry harbour terminal in Calais, France.
The European obsession with labeling people either economic migrants or refugees hampers understanding of the problems they face. Adding the role remittances play to the debate would help.