Pencil Club wins over Durban's business elite
In the two years since its creation in 2021 by businessman Marc Rosenberg, the luxury establishment has become one of the most popular clubs of Durban's financial elite.
In the face of Cyril Ramaphosa's popularity within the African National Congress, his former health minister Zweli Mkhize is banking on his native KwaZulu-Natal province to bolster his position, but various political and judicial obstacles stand in his way.
Since it was narrowly defeated at the ruling party's 2017 conference, former president Jacob Zuma's faction has lost influence within the African National Congress. But in the run-up to the next five-yearly gathering, to be held in December, several of its members are campaigning to lead the party's internal opposition.
For the past five years, any ANC official charged with graft has been pushed to step down. But this rule faces stiff opposition from the president's foes within the party, which will hold its five-yearly national conference at the end of the year.
After having long been a breeding ground for future party officials, ministers and presidents, the ANC Youth League has been a shadow of its former self since the ousting of its charismatic leader Julius Malema in 2011.