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.
Zambia's slide down the Fifa rankings has continued with the Chipolopolo dropping nine places this month.
According to the April world rankings released on Thursday, the 2012 African champions are now no better than 45th.
Although Herve Renard's side are still in Africa's top 10, they have gone downhill since winning the Nations Cup.
Alarm bells have been ringing in their camp since the 1-1 against Lesotho in a 2014 World Cup qualifier on 24 March.
South Africa have dropped two places to 62nd globally, despite their World Cup qualifying win against Central African Republic last month.