South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma: The Regulations of Land Holdings Bill is one of a number of land reform bills that his government is trying to sign into law before the end of his term in office in 2019. Photograph: Dean Hutton/Bloomberg

A new property law that bans foreigners from owning land in South Africa will be fast-tracked through parliament before the end of the current admini(...)

People watch as their dwellings are dismantled in Lwandle, an impoverished area about 45km from Cape Town, after the South African National Roads Agency Limited obtained a court order to  remove squatters from the land. Photograph:  Rodger Bosch/AFP/Getty Images

South Africa’s picturesque landscape is about to take centre stage in the country’s efforts to address one of the worst legacies of apartheid: the (...)

Residents pass the perimeter of the Wonderkop platinum plant operated by Lonmin in Marikana, South Africa. Photograph: Dean Hutton/Bloomberg

The longest industrial action in South African history ended yesterday when 70,000 striking platinum miners agreed to return to work tomorrow after (...)

A South Africa fan in Pretoria, 2010:  about €2.5bn was spent on new stadiums, renovating airports, upgrading roads and a high-speed public railway. Photograph:  Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

The protests against hosting the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil have prompted a renewed bout of reflection in South Africa in recent weeks, about the l(...)

South Africa’s former president Nelson Mandela leaves his office in Johannesburg with assistant Zelda la Grange.  Photograph: Alexander Joe/AFP/Getty Images

A memoir by Nelson Mandela’s personal assistant has lifted the lid on the internal family power struggles that went on in the last few years of his li(...)

Frank Gormley’s  Howard Eurocape property development company was one of the driving forces behind the regeneration of Cape Town’s city centre. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Irish developer Frank Gormley’s flagship property development in Cape Town’s central business district is to be sold off to help pay his multimillion(...)

Zimbabwe’s president, Robert Mugabe. Critics of the country’s business indigenisation law accuse his Zanu-PF party of using it as a way to keep intact the patronage system that enriches the president’s allies. Photograph: Reuters/Philimon Bulawayo

In a bid to turn Zimbabwe’s ailing economy around, President Robert Mugabe’s government has ordered amendments to its controversial indigenisation la(...)

South African president Jacob Zuma arrives at his inauguration in Pretoria. Photograph: EPA/Mujahid Safodien

South African president Jacob Zuma yesterday unveiled an expanded cabinet with some key personnel changes in a bid to transform the nation’s strugg(...)

A police car escorts a bus outside Lonmin’s Saffy shaft mine in Rustenburg. Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

Efforts to end the longest industrial action in South African history entered the courts this week in a bid to break a deadlock between striking pl(...)

Malawian president Joyce Banda  answers journalists’ questions during her final election campaign in her home village of Songani, on the outskirts of Zomba, on Saturday.  Photograph: Amos Gumulira/AFP/Getty Images

Southern Africa’s first female president, Joyce Banda, must overcome stiff competition from a number of candidates if she is to emerge victorious in M(...)