The world's youngest nation marks its third anniversary of independence while a civil war rages and its citizens remain at risk of severe hunger.
Sadly, the Africa Union's jubilee year witnessed a rise in terrorism and strife on the continent.
A priest tells of the bloodshed in Malakal, South Sudan, and of a daring escape from its cathedral.
The ceasefire between South Sudan's government and rebels will end months of violence and see the formation of a transitional government.
Despite discussions about upcoming peace talks, South Sudanese troops and rebels battled in the town of Bentiu, which fell into rebel hands in April.
Kenya's President was referring to the violence in S Sudan, but stopped short of spelling out any action to end the increasingly ethnic slaughter.
A massacre in South Sudan, fuelled by hate speech on a radio station, was a "game-changer" in the country's four-month conflict, says an official.
South Sudan has sent troops to secure a UN base which was attacked by gunmen on Thursday, who killed at least 48 people.
Without more aid and a ceasefire to let farmers reach fields, the UN says there will be a "catastrophic decline in food security" in South Sudan.
Peace talks aimed at ending over three months of civil war in South Sudan have been paused until the end of April, say rebels.
The ANC's strong links with South Sudan could be useful in a new bid to resolve conflicts there.
The only region that is still producing oil in South Sudan two months after violence erupted has now been seized by rebels.
The ANC has decided to send its deputy president to mediate in South Sudan so that relations with the SPLM get stronger, say insiders.
East African nations have sent an advance team of monitors to observe a ceasefire agreeement between government and rebel forces in South Sudan.
The government and rebels have traded accusations of breaking the ceasefire deal intended to calm violence in South Sudan.
The UN says the South Sudanese government and opposition troops are fighting 'sporadic' battles despite a ceasefire that came into force on Friday.
President Salva Kiir's government and the rebels backing Riek Machar have signed a ceasefire deal, a "critical first step" in peace negotiations.
The brewer is among South African-based firms mugged by the country's descent into civil war.
While official estimates say 1 000 people have died in South Sudan in the surge of violence in the last month, rights groups say it could be 10 times that.