South Africa are now 16th on the African continent.
They remain far short of the South African Football Association’s stated aim of being regularly in the top 20 in the world and top three in Africa.
But they have the chance to improve that record significantly when they face Senegal home and away in their final World Cup qualifiers next month.
Tunisia have take over from Egypt as the top-ranked side on the continent. The Carthage Eagles have climbed three places to number 28 in the world.
Germany continues to head the world list‚ followed by Brazil‚ Portugal, Argentina and Belgium.