A snapshot of some of the Mail & Guardian's best stories for the week to November 17 2014.
The number of households that use bucket toilets rose by 10% between 2012 and 2013. Which municipalities haven't managed to eradicate this system?
It may be bending the rules, but municipal employees have significant interests in businesses that win government tenders.
There’s nothing wrong with getting a bit of exercise by walking to school, but not when it takes an hour or more to get there.
Besides our neighbours in Zimbabwe, plenty of foreigners have applied for and been granted residence permits to live in this country.
More than 500 rhinos have been poached in South Africa this year, which means that the number of animals killed is on track to be higher than in 2013
Dagga, tik, nyaope, crack, white pipes or over-the-counter drugs? There are regional variations when it comes to the use of illegal substances.
Colombia's James Rodriguez won the Golden Boot at the 2014 Fifa World Cup, but who were the other top scorers and which clubs do they play for?
Seats in Parliament are calculated by a system of proportional representation based on votes. This graphic shows seat allocations after each election.
Unions are the biggest protesters, and crime is the reason underlying more protests than service delivery, data collected from municipalities shows.
Murder accused Shrien Dewani has finally arrived back in SA stand trial for the murder of his wife Anni. We take a look at the sequence of events.
The M&G brings you live results of the 2014 national poll. Find out which party has won in your province, and how your community has voted.
Opposition parties are hoping to strike pay dirt in the platinum province
The ANC has had a loyal following in the province with the highest poverty levels in the country.
Cope became the "official opposition" in the province in 2009, but with the party divided, who will those voters turn to in this election?
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.
Robert Mugabe is the second oldest leader in the world, beaten only by Israel's president. We compare other seasoned heads from across the world.
Here's the story of Nkandla so far, from when the M&G broke the story to the release of the public protector Thuli Madonsela's report.
Former president Thabo Mbeki was known for his frequent flights abroad, but Jacob Zuma is hot on his heels, as the data shows.