Pretoria - The former Premier of the Free State Mme Isabella Winkie Direko, who passed away last week, will be given a Special Provincial Official Funeral.

Pretoria - There has been mixed reaction to Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan's Budget Speech on the streets of Pretoria. While many welcome it, there were some concerns by residents.

East London - A R1.3-billion investment by government into three economic zones in the country will breathe life back into the Eastern Cape's economy.

Pretoria - Former President Nelson Mandela is comfortable and in a satisfactory condition after being admitted to hospital.

Durban - The South African women's representation at the Olympic Games strengthened after the hockey team qualified on Saturday.

Pretoria - The United States of America has joined well-wishers worldwide in congratulating Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma on her election as African Union Chairperson.

Pretoria - International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister, Marius Fransman, is expected to participate in the High-Level Segment of the 19th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to be held in Geneva, Switzerland.

Pretoria - People with kidney ailments living in Bojanala in the North West will no longer have to travel outside the district or province to get dialysis treatment, thanks to a new renal unit.

Pretoria - A total of 439 public and private schools in Gauteng will this year participate in the Secondary School Improvement Programme (SSIP).

Pretoria - Former President Nelson Mandela is making good progress in hospital since his admission yesterday, says President Jacob Zuma.

Pretoria - Former President Nelson Mandela has been discharged from hospital following his admission yesterday.

Pretoria - Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula says the establishment of Ekhaya in London will make South Africa's presence felt on and off the field during the upcoming 2012 London Olympic Games.

Pretoria - Government is looking into ways to reduce electricity tariff increases and will soon make a pronouncement on the matter, Energy Minister Dipuo Peters says.

Pretoria - Government and media have agreed to establish a task team which will deal with protocols of operations to manage former President Nelson Mandela's health related issues in the future.

Johannesburg - Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk today told delegates at the Meetings Africa expo that South Africa was fast becoming one of the world's favourite destinations for big events, meetings, conferences and exhibitions.