Since he became president in 2018, Cyril Ramaphosa has little by little turned key embassy postings into consolation prizes for former Zuma ministers he wants to keep out of government. This has exasperated career diplomats, who are concerned that top diplomatic posts are going to politicians without experience on the international stage.
The heated Nile dam dispute is still top of Gedu Andargachew's list of concerns. The Ethiopian foreign minister took advantage of the presence of his envoys in Addis to add muscle to his diplomatic blitz.
Contending with difficulties in Zimbabwe, Masiyiwa has been touting himself elsewhere as the continent's saviour in the face of the coronavirus pandemic with the help of his close friend and Afreximbank chairman, Benedict Oramah.
As the rest of Africa suspended flights in and out of China, Ethiopian Airlines stepped in to relay Chinese humanitarian equipment across the continent. This gave prime minister Abiy Ahmed Ali an opportunity to assert his position as a pan-African leader and is also a testament to the operation coordinator, the company's rising star Fitsum Abadi.
Following the failure of the humanitarian truce called for on March 18 by the United Nations to prevent the coronavirus (Covid-19) spreading in Libya, nothing seems likely to stop the fighting in Tripoli between Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA)