South Africa ranks fifth for governance in Africa, but its scores have consistently declined over the past five years, with diminished press freedoms and rule of law, writes guest blogger Karl Beck.
Many South Africans dislike what they see as US unilateralism. Mrs. Obama's visit is an attempt to remind South Africans of shared history and common goals.
South Africa's ANC Youth League said the ICC should lodge war crime charges against Western leaders for their leadership of the Libyan conflict, but with less than half a million members, the effect of its demands may be limited.
Residents of the mostly Muslim Bo-Kaap neighborhood in Cape Town welcomed the establishment of a 'dry' hotel in their area, not realizing it could be easily sold to another company looking to sell liquor.
The South African government approved Wal-Mart's controversial deal to buy local chain Massmart, opening the door to expansion throughout the continent.
Although South Africa has a strong human rights record within the country, its foreign policy record is less exemplary, Human Rights Watch says.
A South African opera tells the story of Winnie Mandela, the ex-wife of South Africa's iconic Nelson Mandela, who adopted his cause of freedom as her own.
In the fourth municipal elections since the end of apartheid in 1994, South Africans voters say they are disappointed with politics in general.
The variety and number of parties – 121 in total – who've registered for today's municipal elections is a good indication of the strength of South Africa’s 17-year-old democracy, political analysts say.
A reporter visits South Africa along with a copy of 'The Bang-Bang Club,' a book by war photographers that was recently turned into a movie, and contemplates the difference between covering conflict and living through it.
Failure to deliver basic services has debased the once-vaunted party of anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela and the African National Congress (ANC) may lose some municipalities in Wednesday's local elections.
Tourists visiting South Africa's most iconic landmark are being targeted by criminals.
Human Rights Watch calls the April murder of Noxolo Nogwaza a hate crime. Local gay-rights activists say that police and judges need to be trained to take the crimes committed against gay South Africans more seriously.
PayPal founder Peter Thiel has encouraged America's top students to drop out of university and create a company instead. South Africans could benefit from considering entrepreneurship as important as a college degree.
A South African music teacher is teaching children in three Cape Town townships the violin as an escape from their daily lives and a possible ticket to a better future.
An Afrikaans group has filed a racial hatred lawsuit against prominent politician Julius Malema because of his penchant for singing 'Shoot the Boer,' a provocative song of the South African freedom movement.
The BRICS countries, five nations grouped together because of their burgeoning economies, are in the spotlight this week as their leaders meet in China. Made up of Brazil, Russia, India, China and, as of this week, South Africa, the BRICS countries are grouped together because while they are not yet economic powerhouses, they have the potential to become the world’s most dominant economies in the next few decades.
South Africa has long seen itself as a voice of developing nations. Now as a member of the BRICS club – Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa – it can speak with the political heft of a fifth of the world's economy behind it.
Baboons sneaking into one man's orange grove in South Africa tipped him off to a new variety of orange that was growing in his own backyard.
After a few days of Western airstrikes on Libya, initial international support is beginning to fall apart as disputes arise about what levels of military action are authorized by Thursday's UN resolution.
Conflicting reports about what South African President Jacob Zuma said to Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi highlight South Africa's comparatively docile response to Qaddafi's violence against rebels.