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.
Tournament favourite Algeria avoided an unpleasant surprise at the African Cup of Nations on Monday, while four-time champion Ghana did not.
Football in Algeria has been cancelled in protest after a projectile from the crowd hit and killed a league player sparked revulsion at the violence.
Africa's final remaining contenders in the World Cub will tackle Germany and France on Monday.
Dozens of migrants from Niger heading for Algeria have died of thirst in the Sahara desert after their vehicle broke down, say local officials.
South Africa and Algeria have agreed to speed up the formation of the Joint Trade and Investment Committee, says the department of trade and industry.
Japan has said it would give $120-million in aid to the troubled Sahel region after ten Japanese nationals were killed in an Algerian hostage crisis.
The death toll from a four-day siege at an Algerian gas plant has risen to at least 81, with nine Japanese nationals reported to have been killed.
Algeria warned the toll from a siege at a gas plant would rise, after its troops staged an assault which killed all the remaining Islamist gunmen.
Algerian troops ended a siege at a gas plant in the Sahara where 23 hostages died, with a final assault which killed all the remaining hostage-takers.
Islamists have killed all seven of their remaining foreign captives before they were gunned down at a gas plant in the Algerian desert.
Al-Qaeda-linked fighters have killed two people in Algeria, taking more than 40 foreign hostages, while French troops battled Islamist rebels in Mali.
The US has confirmed that American citizens are among hostages being held in Algeria after an attack by Islamist militants near a southern gas field.
President Francois Hollande has acknowledged that French colonisation of Algeria was "brutal", but stopped short of apologising for it.
Francois Hollande refused to 'repent' for France's colonial past in Algeria, saying instead that he wanted to boost trade with the oil-rich country.
Algeria's Abdelaziz Bouteflika has led celebrations marking its independence with a tribute to the those who died fighting 132 years of French rule.
Islamists have stormed the Algerian embassy in Mali and abducted seven diplomats amid fears that fighters are turning the country into a rogue state.
Experts have reported that Algeria's economic growth is being stunted, partly by businesses' reliance on the black market.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has pledged that Washington would help Tunisia rebuild its economy and democracy as it struggles with reforms.