Because it's a blend of political influences the transition it is facing has, inevitably, had an existential effect on the Democratic Alliance.
Politicians oppose toll roads on Johannesburg's highways, yet they are textbook example of progressive taxation that favours the poor.
Despite its endurance, the Democratic Alliance still hasn't found a firm foothold to grow the votes in South Africa's changing political landscape.
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 current crisis in British politics is significant for countries like South Africa where a change in electoral systems is needed.
South Africa's polls have been praised for adhering to international election best practice. But, they are not without problems.
The latest data offer a vital resource for understanding Gauteng's multi-faceted challenges.
The ANC has lost so much support among its traditional voters it's now forced to look beyond them to retain power.
South Africa's local governments lack a clear separation of legislative and executive powers.
Over a third of pupils in the Gauteng province still travel more than five kilometres to school.
More than 90% of violent crimes in South Africa fall outside the categories named in the police's new anti-crime strategy.
By expanding our understanding of streets and enhancing their design, every street corner could become a space to socialise, to exercise, to play, or to trade.
Are different ways of governing emerging from South Africa's cities governed by opposition coalitions?
Recent events suggest that South Africa's government may be resorting to short-term measures to pacify anger over lack of housing. But what's needed is a major overhaul of the housing policy.
South African President Jacob Zuma's follies cost the ANC dearly during last year’s election. Is it too late for the party to save itself come 2019?