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.
Europe's debt crisis has led banks there to refuse to lend money to firms trading with Africa, threatening growth on the continent.
Swaziland's King Mswati III will fund a bailout of his government in a manoeuvre to acquire control of the local firms at knock-down prices.