On the face of it, life continues as normal, but behind the scenes the South African military has been cut to the point where it's doubtful it will be able to live up to its African responsibilities.
Coming in from the political cold will be no easy task.
Ivan Lewis says the move to end aid will leave a "bitter taste", comparing it to the Tories' decision to oppose sanctions on apartheid South Africa.
The power struggle between President Zuma and trade union leader Zwelinzima Vavi is a prelude to a battle for wider control of the political landscape.
The Oscar Pistorius affair has exposed the fragility of South Africa’s post-apartheid settlement.
The creation of a new political party in South Africa is the latest sign of the ANC's problems.
South Africa has become a major transit-point for the drugs trade, some of which is destined for Britain.
The group expelled from the UK Labour Party by Neil Kinnock in 1983 has surprising echoes in a row erupting in South Africa's ANC.
The racist theory of “separate development” has followed a line that runs from De Beers’s earliest monopolies to Marikana today. It is inspired by a global order of “free markets” upheld by force.