standard Not So Glum

South Africans are markedly happier about the state of their country than they were 12 years ago, according the Pew Research Centre’s latest global attitudes survey. They also also more upbeat about their economic prospects.

standard Impatient with the Status Quo

At the start of what it is calling “the fifth administration”, South Africa’s ruling ANC has heard the wake up calls it has been getting from markets, rating agencies and, when the May election results are parsed in detail, the voters.

video Revisiting June 16, 1976

Nomsa Sindani was one of the thousands of South African students who marched against apartheid, and faced its bullets, 38 years ago today. In 2010, she retraced her steps for me. Here’s the video.

standard Green Rush

South Africa’s renewable energy program helps win the country strong ratings from corporate executives surveyed for global management consultancy AT Kearney’s latest FDI report.

image Worth Remembering

SA’s GDP growth has disappointed lately but let’s not forget that in per capita terms the country’s is still doing pretty well alongside its BRICS peers and what is now the Africa’s largest economy. A graphic.

standard Silicon Joburg

Professor Barry Dwolatzky, head of software engineering at Wits University, is heading to the US to promote digital technology hub – the Tshimologong Precinct – he’s spearheading in Braamfontein.

standard Golf Heaven

South Africa welcomed more tourists in December 2013 than in any previous month. Maura Nolan, founder of Connecticut-based Safari Golf Tours, is part of the reason.

audio The Long View

JP Landman, one of South Africa’s wisest economic commentators, and author of The Long View, helps a class of Georgetown University MBA candidates get a handle on South Africa.