Sean O'Toole suggests taking a few pages out of Egypt's book and venture something brave for SA pavilion rather than big empty ideas.
South Africa has many attributes that make it a worthy representative of Africa on the world stage, but is set to lose its first place.
Egypt is enraged after footage showed 21 handcuffed hostages in orange jumpsuits being beheaded by black-suited captors on a beach.
Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed were freed after spending more than 400 days in an Egyptian prison, and must appear in court again on February 23.
"There is a constant fear and anxiety. I never had this kind of feeling in my life. Now you are afraid in your own home," says a gay man in Egypt.
Egypt's top court has ordered a retrial of three reporters whose imprisonment on charges of aiding the Muslim Brotherhood triggered global outrage.
Egypt has banned an annual festival, which attracted hundreds of Jewish pilgrims, in honour of a Moroccan rabbi renowned for performing miracles.
Michele Dunne, a former US diplomat and a senior analyst at a think-tank, was detained on arrival in Cairo and deported the next day.
Despite cracking down on fundamentalists, the country's rulers base their support on Islam.
Former Egyptian president, Hosni Mubarak, will no longer serve a life sentence for conspiring to murder 239 protesters in Tahrir Square in 2011.
Eyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi has unveiled a project to add a 72km lane to allow more ships through the canal each day.
In a departure from its usual 'quiet diplomacy', the South African government has condemned the increased suppression of media freedom in Egypt.
Al-Jazeera staffers are found guilty despite clearly flawed evidence presented by the prosecution.
Three Al Jazeera journalists have received sentences of seven to 10 years each after being detained in Egypt for the last six months.
US Secretary of State John Kerry will press Egypt President President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi over a crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood.
An Egyptian court on Saturday confirmed death sentences for more than 180 Islamists, including Muslim Brotherhood chief Mohamed Badie.
After 10 months the news agency's Abdullah Elshamy, who was on hunger strike for nearly five months in protest of his detention, has been set free.
Ibrahim Mahlab, followed by his ministers, has taken an oath of office in front of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.