Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has delivered a budget that sticks resolutely to the government's spending ceiling.
Financial issues may resonate more when voters see a change in their living or working conditions, writes Lynley Donnelly.
Parliament's committee on mineral resources says gas and oil should be treated differently to mining.
Power utility Eskom has again declared an emergency as four generating units developed "technical problems".
The ANC has pushed a number of high-profile amendments to a number of laws ahead of the upcoming elections.
In his State of the Nation address, President Jacob Zuma highlighted his administration's successes but also expressed worry over violent protests.
Numsa leader Irvin Jim has threatened to take Cosatu to court over its central committee's refusal to hold a special national congress.
The issue of labour representation is central to the problems in the industry.
The group now faces scrutiny in South Africa, after its overseas subsidiary was nailed.
Operations at Harmony Gold's Doornkop mine will halt until the area is declared safe, says mineral resources minister Susan Shabangu.