Ntombi Msiza claims to represent SA interests in the North African state, despite frosty relations.
Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has tried to improve it, but the AU is saddled with systemic problems.
If she brokers peace in Burundi her return to domestic politics will be triumphant.
But the continent does not speak with one voice when meeting and dealing with the Asian giant.
Military intervention may not be the best answer to terrorism in nations such as Mali.
Stephen McGowan's family have been asked to keep a low profile after French forces rescued one of his fellow al-Qaeda hostages.
Stephen McGowan's whereabouts are unknown despite the release of the Dutch national who was kidnapped alongside him in Timbuktu in 2011.
South Africa has many attributes that make it a worthy representative of Africa on the world stage, but is set to lose its first place.