Although blessed with an abundance of minerals such as gold, platinum and coal, SA has always been a major oil importer.
The oil price has fallen by more than 20% from June. Saudi Arabia responded by cutting its price further on low demand and increased shale production.
Nigeria could soon outrank South Africa as Africa's biggest economy, but about 61% of Nigerians still live on less than $1 per day.
Japail Oil & Maritime Services will raise money to expand into 12 countries in Africa over the next five years.
Pensioners' savings are being put into a high-risk deal involving a controversial oilman accused of doing South Africa down.
On the back foot, the country is taking its titanic war of environmental pollution against US oil company Chevron to the court of public opinion.
Civil war looms after rebels spurn a proposal to end the violence raging across South Sudan.
The effect of strikes on exports saw the current account deficit widen by almost R5-billion.
Nigeria will see massive growth as Africa's richest man Aliko Dangote took a $3.3-billion loan that will turn the country into an oil exporter.
The countryâ€™s wells have remained blocked by hostility with Sudan, but it has huge agricultural potential.
Nigeria has appealed to foreign governments to help crack down on crude oil theft.
A probe alleging Nigeria has lost out on billions of dollars through questionable practices in the oil-and-gas industry has stirred controversy.
Nigeria's Cabinet has approved a final draft of an oil law that will be sent to President Goodluck Jonathan before going to Parliament in a few days.
The companies were asked to attend the hearing to offer their views on how best to reform the role of the department.
The son of Equatorial Guinea's president, who is also a government minister accused of corruption, has been getting cozy with the Mswati clan.
The president of a foreign oil company in South Sudan has been asked to leave the country over allegations he conspired with Sudan to steal oil.
When Nigerian-American businessman Kase Lawal courted Thabo Mbeki in an oil deal South Africa got screwed. Now he is cosying up to Jacob Zuma.
Sudan and South Sudan signed a security agreement which aims to defuse tensions over oil payments which officials had warned could spark a war.
China has become Iran's top trading partner as the sanctions against the Islamic republic have become progressively tougher.