A man waves the national flag of South Sudan during celebrations to mark the country's first anniversary of its independence in Juba, July 9, 2012. South Sudanese celebrating their nation's first birthday on Monday will bask in the pride of their hard-won political freedom, but many may ask when they will enjoy the material benefits promised by the government of former rebels. REUTERS/Adriane Ohanesian

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma congratulated South Sudan on its first anniversary of independence on Monday, the department of international relations said.

“South Africa will continue to support efforts aimed at ensuring a peaceful and stable environment in South Sudan that will create conditions for the entrenchment of democracy...” it said in a statement.

“On behalf of the government and the people of South Africa... Zuma... extends (his) cordial wishes and sincere congratulations to the government and the people of South Sudan...” - Sapa