It's not the number of provinces that counts but the quality of services delivered to voters.
President Jacob Zuma was widely derided last month for his belated admission that our economy was ''sick'' only a few weeks after declaring that it was ''not all gloom and doom''.
Once again, the democratic aspirations of a long-suffering African nation have been dashed.
Is Africa ready for an open-borders system that would allow its people free movement between nations and speed the development of continent-wide trade?
South Africans could be forgiven for having an abiding aversion to the purchase of weapons systems and armaments on any scale.
There is a good story coming out of the National Youth Development Agency.
Finally the #Feeshavefallen but the real work begins now - deciding how we fund our institutions of higher education and create opportunities for those eager to learn.
The suspension - and likely dismissal - of Riah Phiyega as national police commissioner was a major consequence of Judge Ian Farlam's report on the Marikana massacre.
Today hundreds of university students are expected to march on the Union Buildings to demand free, quality education.
Students changed the game yesterday when they stormed the parliamentary precinct to tell the politicians that there could be no more business as usual.
Despite its dominance at the polls, and its control of the SABC, the ruling party seems determined to use the machinery of the state to bring the independent media to heel.
A disturbing rise in the number of medical negligence claims is playing havoc with hospital departments, leading to rising costs, unnecessary tests and doctors avoiding specialising in high-risk fields.
President Jacob Zuma could have spared the nation and the families of the Marikana shooting victims much pain by suspending the police commissioner long before yesterday.
Sweeping changes to our education laws proposed by the government, ostensibly aimed at broadening access to quality schooling, are likely to have the opposite effect.
During three days of talk, debate and introspection, the ruling party again promised South Africans that it will act differently this time around and "root out" corruption.
There is something particularly satisfying about the brilliant start the Proteas have made to their tour of India.
The public protector cannot fulfil the constitutional requirements of her office if other organs of state are allowed to second-guess her and ignore her recommendations.
Now that the Springboks have qualified for the quarterfinals of the Rugby World Cup, our support should be directed at seeing them bring the Cup back home.
Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe made a novel suggestion yesterday - that South Africa should redouble its efforts to implement the National Development Plan.
It is just a few days before the ANC's national general council meets to look at the progress the party has made and, above all, to propose changes to its policies.
Spare a thought for those Joburgers who live, work and play in Sandton.
The confirmation of most of the convictions, and the sentencing, of AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo yesterday should serve as a reminder that no one is above the law.
The marches against corruption yesterday by ordinary South Africans are but one of the many measures we have to take to fight those who continue to loot our hard-earned resources.
Our worst fears were confirmed yesterday when Police Minister Nathi Nhleko released the national crime statistics.
The hand of Syria's despotic Bashar al-Assad appears to have been strengthened by the reluctant admission of some world leaders that he might end up hanging on to power.
Continuous changes to our law enforcement structures are among the biggest challenges we face as a nation. Tomorrow the annual crime statistics will be released.
Bright colours, music and dancing dominated yesterday as we celebrated Heritage Day.
Shaken by the growth in support among urban voters for the DA and the Economic Freedom Fighters, the ANC is piling on the pressure to ensure that its municipal flag-bearers up their game ahead of next year's local government elections.
There was a time when our ancestry stretched back in a neat straight line, with each relative's knuckles hanging just a tad higher above the ground than his forefather's.