Pistorius trial: Nation of competing realities
This can be a bewildering country.
Take one exit on the drive north from Johannesburg to Pretoria and you'd think you were in downtown Geneva. Take the next and it's more like Kinshasa.
Different worlds - in a nation of notorious inequality.
And as we've seen this week, those sharp contrasts - in wealth, infrastructure and attitudes - can find their way into almost any corner of South Africa; even the austere surroundings of Judge Thokozile Masipa's Courtroom D in Pretoria's High Court.
As with so many things in post-apartheid South Africa, it's easy and tempting to view the nation's disparities through a racial lens.
Pistorius trial: The pathologist's report
Oscar Pistorius knew what was coming - the detailed pathologist's report about the injuries sustained by Reeva Steenkamp. During a brief recess beforehand, the athlete's sister Aimee moved over briefly to sit beside him in the dock, and hugged him.
Then Professor Gert Saayman began, and the athlete leant forward in his seat, his hands - holding a white handkerchief - clutched over his head as if to protect himself. As he began to retch, a court orderly pushed what appeared to be a waste bin closer to Mr Pistorius's feet.
Pistorius trial: Be wary of certainties
If you are reading this you have probably been following the Pistorius trial this week. And if you've been following the trial, you've probably got a pretty strong view already about whether or not the athlete deliberately murdered Reeva Steenkamp.
But please, hear me out.
Pistorius trial: The battle that lies ahead
There are, it strikes me, not one but two Oscar Pistorius trials beginning in South Africa at Pretoria's High Court on Monday.
One is relatively straightforward - call it "The State v Oscar Pistorius".
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signs anti-gay bill
The new law is blunt and uncompromising. Having spelled out its definition of homosexuality - which includes touching another person "with the intention of committing the act of homosexuality" - the act concludes that convicted offenders will be sentenced "to imprisonment for life"
The offence of "aggravated homosexuality" - which includes having sex with "a person living with HIV" or being "a serial offender" - will also lead to life imprisonment.
CAR: Obituary for a village mayor
You will struggle to find Dewa Adamou's village on a map.
Take the road south-west out of the capital, Bangui, and keep driving until the tarmac runs out and the forest - giant pylon-like grey trees with broad green canopies - closes in on a lumpy dirt track.
CAR's militias face identity crisis
The three prisoners knelt in the dirt. Standing in front of them, Sylvestre Yagouzou angrily brandished a grenade that one of the men had been caught carrying in his pocket. Then he grabbed some of their amulets - leather necklaces with plastic pockets - and with a long knife began to slit each one open, looking for evidence.
It was an instructive scene; a sign that the Central African Republic's fearsome anti-balaka militia are starting to worry about their image and their position in the chaotic race to fill the local military and political power vacuum in this shattered nation.