Should South Africa's military get involved, it would be venturing into a highly violent and complex landscape, requiring a counter-terrorism type of operations.
The fundamental structure of the current constitution, which is cast in classical Westminster conceptions, is unsuited for modern-day constitutionalism.
Moeketsi Majoro’s installation as Prime Minister is welcome. But it does not guarantee much needed political stability in an era of complex coalition politics.
South Africa’s numerous interventions in Lesotho contribute to the acrimonious nature of its political culture.
Power is visibly draining away from Tom Thabane. But, even at 80 years old, he remains a wily operator, and seems determined to cause maximum trouble to secure his immunity from prosecution.
The experiences of non-nationals in South Africa’s public health care system are more complex and varied than implied by the dominant discourse on "medical xenophobia"
Health systems are generally structured around nation-states. Migration, especially across national borders, therefore leads to challenges.
Health responses need to take on board the fact that the number of women and girls migrating across borders as well as within countries is growing.
Cyclone Idai showed just how unprepared SADC is to respond to major natural disasters.
The solidarity conference by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) can be seen as a reaction to the gradual shift of power towards Morocco.
The debate on sanctions on Zimbabwe has been lost in the southern African region and on the continent.
The DRC could be the exception after a year in which opposition parties fared badly across East and Central Africa.
Many African countries tend to mismanage their groundwater resources.
Conflict patterns in Africa have changed rapidly in recent years posing a challenge to peace and security.
Presidents Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki sought to use South Africa's diplomatic service to enable the country to punch above its weight.
Africa is still witnessing an increase in social turbulence, unrest and protest. Only rapid, inclusive economic growth combined with good governance can make the continent less volatile.
The unfolding misfortunes of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe hold key lessons for his South African counterpart Jacob Zuma who faces the possibility of a forced exit.
Mediation is common in Africa but there hasn't been enough emphasis on how it affects the outcome of peace negotiations.
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) roadmap towards greater regional trade integration and development is a good start but lacks detail.
The need to connect African markets to aid development will once again be discussed at the World Economic Forum. The debate needs to move beyond the usual rhetoric.