Now we're getting close to home. Find out how local government works, how municipal councils are elected - and where you fit into the municipal scheme of things.
What's a Premier? What does an MEC do? Find out about South Africa's nine provincial governments, and how they relate to national government and the local governments beneath them.
Whether you're living or travelling abroad - or getting ready to do so - our offices abroad, or the Department of Foreign Affairs at home, can help you in a number of ways.