Although blessed with an abundance of minerals such as gold, platinum and coal, SA has always been a major oil importer.
Judge Thokozile Masipa began reading the verdict in the trial of Oscar Pistorius, who is charged with killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013.
It has become a frequent ritual in townships – disaffected youths burning tyres and looting in a demand for jobs, electricity and political change.
The sparse and evocative Karoo, a place for artists and soil-tillers, may soon become a place for geologists, scientists, and fracking.
President Jacob Zuma has cancelled a trip to neighbouring Mozambique, intensifying speculation about a deterioration in the health of Nelson Mandela.
Small groups of workers have stopped miners at two AngloGold mines from reporting for duty and a miner is in a critical condition after being stabbed.
The SA Reserve Bank has done well to balance economic growth and job creation while pursuing its mandate to monitor inflation, says Pravin Gordhan.
The ANC will fracture before the decade is out, pulled apart by tension between big business and labour, opposition leader Helen Zille said.
Violence has erupted in two Syrian provinces with reports of 10 civilians dead in an army mortar attack and 12 soldiers killed in clashes with rebels.
An SA lawyer says he is preparing to sue leading gold miners on behalf of former miners who contracted respiratory ailments such as silicosis.
The government has taken direct control of several provincial administrations in a clampdown on profligate spending and terrible service delivery.