A continental defence force dreamed of half a century ago by the founding fathers of independent Africa still exists only on paper.
A startling revelation has been made in Parliament - some of the Democratic Republic of Congo's M23 rebels are former trainees of the SANDF.
The dream of harnessing the DRC's mighty Congo River has moved closer, and South Africa has pledged to buy half of the power it generates.
A contingent of about 100 Tanzanian troops arrived in eastern DRC on Saturday, a first step in assembling the new United Nations intervention brigade.
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An intervention brigade designed to fight armed groups in the restive eastern DRC will be made up of 3 069 troops, the UN has confirmed.
Facing battle together and losing unit members to enemy fire, seems to have had a remarkable unifying effect in a force that has faced deep divisions.
M23 forces have mocked 'old' and 'corrupt' South African troops ahead of a United Nations deployment.
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South Africa will send troops to the DRC as part of a UN mission to neutralise armed groups in the conflict-torn east of the country.
The UN Security Council has signed off on a new and more aggressive mandate for its mission in the DRC.
The US is working towards giving Bosco Ntaganda, holed up in the country's embassy in Rwanda, safe passage to the International Criminal Court.
Several hundred fighters from the DRC's M23 rebel group fled to neighbouring Rwanda on Friday and Saturday after heavy fighting with a rival faction.
Another element of the military and political dynamic aimed at bringing peace to the Great Lakes region was put in place recently.
A UN-mediated peace deal aimed at ending two decades of conflict in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo has been signed by regional leaders.
The editor of a daily newspaper in the Democratic Republic of Congo has begun serving a six-month jail term after being convicted of criminal libel.
A 4 000-man regional force may not be strong enough to quell the rebels in the DRC, write Mmanaledi Mataboge and Phillip de Wet.
It has been decided that Tanzania will lead the mission to eliminate rebel groups in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
Activists say the arrest of 20 people for plotting a coup was 'concocted' to curry favour with Kabila. Gregory Mthembu-Salter reports.
The state claims to have evidence that the 19 arrested Congolese nationals were part of a secret unit to unseat the DRC president.