Games over, the battles begin Managing the tripartite alliance in 2011 and beyond will be one of President Zuma's more difficult tasks as the SACP and ANCYL prove to be among the government's harshest critics.
Turning towards state intervention The government is promising to introduce constitutional reforms as well as a review of the electoral system, which highlights ethnic differences, and of state control of the media.
Solid minerals With growth dependent on uranium and diamond exports, there is a new push to expand copper, natural gas and agricultural production to diversify the economy and increase government revenue.
Frazzled hopes and expectations People's livelihoods would improve fastest if there were a take-off in the agricultural sector, but commercial and small-scale farming remains stagnant and in need of new investment.
Returning to positive growth Presidential polls have been delayed yet again as the MPLA starts an empty debate about electing the president indirectly, but the ruling party has no real fear of being unseated.