South Africa have moved up six places in the Fifa world rankings to break into the top 10 of African teams.
Bafana Bafana are the ninth best team in their zone and the 56th best team in the world according to world football's governing body.
Top three teams Cote d'voire, Ghana and Mali had no changes, while African champions Nigeria crept up the list, reaching 28th place overall, but the improvement does not lift them from fourth place among the teams from their continent.
Equatorial Guinea, the Africa Cup of Nations runners-up, slip to 10th in Africa, while Cameroon are the side to slip out of the top 10.
Midfielder Stephane Mbia has been fined by QPR after a message on his Twitter account appeared to suggest he wanted to return to his former club Marseille.
The Cameroonian moved to the Premier League club last summer, with Joey Barton going on loan to Marseille.
He was unable to help QPR avoid relegation and on Wednesday a message was sent to Barton from Mbia's Twitter account asking to swap clubs.
Mbia said he was not responsible but Rangers have punished the 26-year-old.
QPR spokesperson Ian Taylor wrote on Twitter: "The club has concluded its investigation following a series of Tweets which appeared on Stephane Mbia's official Twitter account.
Ivory Coast striker Arouna Kone scored as FA Cup finalists Wigan edged West Bromwich Albion 3-2 at the weekend to boost hopes of dodging relegation from the English Premier League.
Kone, who stands out with his dyed blond hair, was in the Ivorian squad that flopped at the 2013 Cup of Nations, losing to eventual champions Nigeria in the quarter-finals.
Lacina Traore was another happy Ivorian goal poacher, coming on as a late substitute for Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala to equalise and then set up the winner for Cameroonian Samuel Eto'o.