Here's what researchers found when they assessed the election manifestos of South Africa's three biggest political parties' and what they say about education.
The black middle class are angry at their exclusion from mainstream economic activity.
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.
To claim that protests are being organised suggests sinister motives. But all protest is organised. So are cake sales and shopping expeditions.
There is a huge divide between what is important right now and what the election is likely to be about.
South Africa's polls have been praised for adhering to international election best practice. But, they are not without problems.
Corruption has, over the past decade and a half, become one of South Africans' biggest concerns.
South Africa's electoral commission's failure to ensure a credible voters' roll threatens to undo its legacy of free and fair elections.
Polls indicate that South Africans are unlikely to totally abandon the African National Congress.
The ANC has lost so much support among its traditional voters it's now forced to look beyond them to retain power.
Widespread concerns about the levels of immigration in South Africa make the issue appeal to voters across the economic and racial spectrum.
Politicians' knee jerk dismissal of an idea that could help rehabilitate ex-offenders is
Troubles in South Africa's coalition-led local governments are affecting accountability, governance stability and service delivery.
South Africa's official opposition, the Democratic Alliance needs to face its racial dilemmas.
Legislation to control the private funding of political parties in South Africa is long overdue.
ANC renewal and the war on corruption is one thing. But transforming the character of the South African political economy is quite another.
South African parties are recognising that coalition politics is now part of the political landscape and is here to stay.
Unexpressed racism may be even more dangerous if it's left lurking below the surface.
The Democratic Alliance is potentially in a good position to challenge the ANC, which governs South Africa, for power.
South Africa's new president, Cyril Ramaphosa, has done well so far but more challenges relating to reigniting the economy lie ahead.