President Jacob Zuma's snub of the EU/Africa summit has left many European diplomats in South Africa taken aback by his comments.
The Arusha Agreement, mediated by South Africa, is being shrugged off as the state forbids activists from holding meetings.
The ANC's strong links with South Sudan could be useful in a new bid to resolve conflicts there.
But Kenya is second to none in its enthusiasm for doing business with China.
Observers say elections in Southern Africa this year are vulnerable to manipulation and misuse of the military to clamp down on opponents.
The brewer is among South African-based firms mugged by the country's descent into civil war.
The end of conflict with the M23 rebels has people in the eastern DRC hoping for peace.
Africa’s newest state struggles to find balance while securing its identity.
Aid to the continent has been marked by efforts to bring stability to war torn countries and to help with post-conflict reconstruction.
It is not the Arab Spring, but it looks a lot like it.