The government wants the United Nations to cut aid and give it cash to boost the economy instead.
Rich developed countries remain reluctant to compensate poorer nations financially for devastation wrought by increasingly extreme weather phenomena.
The UN, Australia and the US have mobilised emergency aid as the scale of the devastation unleashed by super typhoon Haiyan emerges.
Syria's entire declared stock of chemical weapons has been placed under seal, says inspectors.
Following ex-rebels declaring the end to a peace deal, the UN has called on Mozambique's government and former rebels Renamo to stop the violence.
Gospel and RnB musician Loyiso Bala has been appointed as the national goodwill ambassador for the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/Aids.
Peace talks between the government of the DRC and M23 rebels were suspended again even after the UN pressed for progress in the troubled negotiations.
The world's chemical weapons watchdog says its inspectors have checked 11 out of 20 sites identified to be carrying Syria's banned weapons.
South Africa continues to push for reform of the "undemocratic" UN Security Council, says International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.
Zim President Robert Mugabe's fiery condemnation of the West during the 68th UN general assembly resulted in the US delegation leaving in disgust.
President Zuma was ready to klap the UN for basically ruining the world. But there are some things in Zuma's presidency that will haunt him forever.
The United Nations Security Council remains undemocratic, unrepresentative and unfair to developing nations and small states, says President Zuma.
Nicholas Kay, UN special representative for Somalia, says troops in the East African country require more resources to combat al-Shabab.
The US, UK and France want UN-sanctioned use of force should Syria fail to allow destruction of its chemical weapons, but Russia disagrees.
Despite France's sentiments, Russia's foreign minister has said there was no proof that Bashar al-Assad's troops carried out the attack on Damascus.
A UN report detailing the Damascus chemical attack has bolstered the US argument that Syria's government was responsible, says the White House.
Russia has sent a missile cruiser to the east Mediterranean to take over the navy's operations as the US prepares for possible strike in Syria.
As the US seeks approval from Congress for military action on Syria, President Jacob Zuma says the role of the UN in Syria must be respected.
Syria awaits a military attack "at any moment", an official has said just hours after UN experts probing a suspected gas attack left the country.
SA has criticised "the possibility of a military intervention" in Syria by the West, calling on all sides to negotiate a better solution.