While South Africa should pay careful attention to all its existing trade and economic relations, particular attention should go to its intra-African economic relations.
The country's national interest and human rights remain the two topics bedevilling South Africa's foreign policy.
South Africa and Nigeria need to lead policy debates on long term measures to address migration in Africa.
The Mnangagwa regime's coercive acts are a continuation of the violence and brutality of the Mugabe era, while he seeks global re-engagement and selective national dialogue.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has committed South Africa to prioritising human rights and democracy. But, there's little evidence of this.
Russia's President Vladimir Putin has new aspirations in Africa in pursuit of his country's assertiveness in the global arena.
Not enough credit is given to the agency African governments have in their dealings with China.
Morocco has been on a massive diplomatic drive, using both its political and economic muscle. Since his coronation in 1999, the king has led over 40 visits to African countries south of the Sahara.