President Cyril Ramaphosa has to ensure that reform of critical institutions is placed first. Everything else will be compromised if this fails.
South Africa isn't having an honest debate about proposals to fix its power utility Eskom, and the role that renewables might play.
Government support for the arts, culture and heritage is important even in tough economic conditions.
South Africa's latest budget was a necessary stop-gap after the ravages of the past decade. But it didn't have ideas that addressed the needs of poor people.
South Africa's finance minister delivered a budget that tried to balance serving the public interest, while maintaining the stability of public finances.
South Africa needs to urgently step up its efforts to drive economic growth by harnassing the power of the state, as well as the markets.
South Africa's president has firmly thrown his weight behind the private sector. This could prove significant.
South Africa's finance minister has chosen to walk a tightrope rather than face tough choices about cutting expenditure or raising taxes.
The damage done during the preceding decade will have a negative effect on South Africa's public finances and the economy for some time to come.
South Africa's new finance minister comes with considerable skills and political finesse needed to steer the country out of its economic quagmire.
Nhlanhla Nene was highly regarded for refusing to fund former President Zuma's ludicrous rent-seeking projects.