The ANC's diminishing share of the vote in the metropoles, particularly in Gauteng, has inspired a burst of soul-searching in the ruling party.
The DA and new kid on the block, the EFF, have together absorbed almost the same number of votes as Cope has lost in the Northern Cape.
Spoilt ballots in the past two elections have outnumbered the votes garnered by most minority parties.
It's the country's economic hub and home to about a quarter of its voters. The M&G looks at who the people in the powerhouse province vote for.
Research from UJ says there's been a sharp rise in the number of people killed in service delivery protests in the last decade.
At least two million 18-to-19 year olds will be eligible to vote for the first time and only Twenty-three percent of them have registered.
Khutsong residents say they are at the mercy of gang members who control the streets, high on drugs.
Children are learning from a young age what it takes to be a Chad le Clos or a Natalie du Toit - and their parents are learning too.
Locals on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast have attempted to free beach-loving tourists of more than just urban tension and winter baggage.
Fiona Macleod and Laura Grant explain that energy efficient needn't cost a fortune.