While a giant new stone may attract news glitter and interest, gems and gold are no longer the needed engines of South Africa's economy.
The 2014 elections mark the emergence of new parties like the Democratic Alliance and the Economic Freedom Fighters -- and portend a politics based on issues not loyalty to ANC.
Julius Malema, booted from the ruling ANC and running in tomorrow's election, is promoting radical changes and charging that the ANC has preserved apartheid's economic inequalities. And he's gaining an audience.
Julius Malema, who is challenging ANC incumbent Jacob Zuma in the May 7 vote, tapped into anger over the shooting of striking Marikana miners in 2012 to launch his Economic Freedom Fighters party.
A 444 page report details $23 million in public funds spent on Mr. Zuma's home security; a swimming pool is described as fire fighting equipment. National elections are coming in May.
In a week where Pretoria and Kigali have expelled nine diplomats between them, there is suspicion that Pretoria might expel Rwanda's ambassador.
This week's roundup of Good Reads includes a call to finish the work Nelson Mandela began, the plight of the working homeless, a look at a new wave of Islamic feminists, how parent mentoring helps school children, and how squishy robots can help disaster aid efforts.