Community radio stations have thrown themselves into the political discussion with gusto.
South Africa has the world’s largest white minority living under black rule.Colour line tensions might remain a feature of the country's political landscape.
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.
To claim that protests are being organised suggests sinister motives. But all protest is organised. So are cake sales and shopping expeditions.
Half of South Africa's population remain chronically poor, and the quarter in-between struggle to stay out of reach of destitution.
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.
There is a huge divide between what is important right now and what the election is likely to be about.
Land reform programme has done very little to improve access to land for black South Africans.
South Africa's polls have been praised for adhering to international election best practice. But, they are not without problems.
A progressive Afrikaans newspaper will be relaunched soon. But Vrye Weekblad can't trade on its history alone. It will need to consider the challenges of the present and the future.
Corruption has, over the past decade and a half, become one of South Africans' biggest concerns.
Corruption in South Africa became increasingly organised under former President Jacob Zuma.
A consideration of Cuban poet Nancy Morejón's engagement with Keorapetse Kgositsile and her visits to South Africa -- shed new light on her poetic practice.
Indications are that even an ANC victory at the polls is unlikely to reverse the party's decline in popular support.
The African National Congress faces two big challenges: fewer South Africans trust it, while its electoral support has been waning.
Referenda have their place in democracy, but can also be misused.
The ANC, alienated from intellectuals and the middle class and having lost most of its talented youth leadership, is clearly on a downward path.
For a long time South Africa thought it had a Jacob Zuma problem. In fact its got a systemic ANC problem.
South Africa's electoral commission's failure to ensure a credible voters' roll threatens to undo its legacy of free and fair elections.