South Africa has signed an anti-poaching agreement with neighbouring Mozambique, a major transit route for rhino horn trafficked to Asia.
Talks aimed at ending a six-week platinum miners' strike has fallen apart after producers rejected a revised wage demand.
Sporting authorities have reintroduced racial quotas for SA's teams in a bid to encourage more black sportspeople to emerge through the ranks.
SA will mark a year since the shocking massacre at the Marikana mine with a fragile economy, a tainted government and a disquiet labour force.
Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe looked poised to win a seventh term in office after romping to victory in parliamentary polls.
After losing against President Robert Mugabe in three consecutive elections, can Morgan Tsvangirai outmanoeuvre Zimbabwe's head on July 31?
As Zimbabwe approaches elections this year a human rights lawyer has vowed never to give up - even after her own arrest.
South Africa is girding itself for a fresh round of labour unrest as collective wage negotiations get under way.
Nelson Mandela remained in hospital for a fourth day on Sunday after officials said he was making steady progress following a recurrence of pneumonia.
The party of Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai is concerned about the "hygiene" and integrity of crucial elections expected later this year.