Coach Stuart Baxter led South Africa to an Afcon qualification in their last game when they beat Libya away in Tunisia.
South Africa is in pot 3 with Uganda, Benin, Mauritania, Madagascar and Kenya.
The countries in pot 1 which are Egypt, Cameroon, Senegal, Tunisia, Nigeria and Morocco will each lead one of the groups in the preliminary stages of the tournament.
Each of the six countries in pot 1 will be joined by one country from each pot to complete a group made up of four countries each.
Groups will range from A to F consisting of four countries in each group.
Pot 1: Egypt, Cameroon, Senegal, Tunisia, Nigeria, Morocco.
Pot 2: DRC, Ghana, Mali, Cote D’Ivoire, Guinea, Algeria.
Pot 3: South Africa, Uganda, Benin, Mauritania, Madagascar, Kenya.
Pot 4: Zimbabwe, Namibia, Guinea-Bissau, Angola, Burundi, Tanzania.
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