President Jacob Zuma has tried to play down the effect of labour unrest on the economy but managed to trigger a nearly 3% plunge in the rand.
South Africa's labour laws have their pros and cons, but who do the tough legislations ultimately protect?
The growing divide between the ANC and the "born frees" may present a concern for the ruling party when the 2019 presidential election comes around.
Soccer body Safa has reinstated its chief and four other leading officials suspended over a match fixing scandal involving the national team.
Africa's rhinos and elephants have been poached in near record numbers in 2012, with surging demand for horn and ivory driving the slaughter.
A record number of rhinos have been poached in South Africa this year as rising demand in Asia for their horns led to a massive upswell in killings.
The former head of the ANC Youth League, Fikile Mbalula, is beating a path that may lead right to the top using sport to help unite a nation.
About 150 000 SA coal workers seeking 14% wage increases plan to walk off the job from Sunday in a strike that could hurt power supplies.
Labour protests sweeping South Africa are stoking worries about inflation and dealing blows to the long-term prospects of the country's economy.
Fuel shortages, icy rain and power failures are hampering Japan's worst humanitarian crisis since World War II, but workers are reporting progress.