Pretoria - The day 34 striking miners were killed in clashes with police in Marikana will always be remembered by South Africans, says Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe.

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma has conveyed his condolences to the families of the eight South African citizens killed when a suicide bomber blew herself up in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Tuesday.

Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma and MPs from across the political spectrum hailed Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma for her years of hard work and dedication to serving South Africa, and said she would be sorely missed.

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma has congratulated India's Congress heavyweight and former finance minister Pranab Mukherjee on being elected the 13th President of India.

Pretoria - Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula led Team SA in the South African flag-raising ceremony at the Olympic Village in London on Monday.

Pretoria - Banyana Banyana are expected to make the nation proud when they face Sweden in their most crucial opening match of the 2012 London Olympic Games in Coventry, England, at 8pm, South African time.

Pretoria - Ghanaians are in mourning following the death of President John Evans Atta Mills, who passed away on Tuesday.

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma is in Seychelles for the Madagascar mediation talks aimed at tackling the critical issues blocking the island's path to new elections.

Washington DC - "I play before capacity crowds and get an awful sense of fulfillment from that. But the emotion cannot compare to listening to Florence this morning," so said Sir Elton John at a Congressional Global Aids breakfast meeting he hosted yesterday in the Kennedy Caucus Room in partnership with UNAIDS.

Washington DC - Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe on Tuesday concluded his participation at the 19th International Aids Conference here in Washington satisfied and hopeful that part of his mission - making a case for a continued partnership framework on HIV and Aids with the United States - has been achieved.

Pretoria - The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has instructed the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) to include horse rider Alex Peternell in the Olympic team.

Pretoria - Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe has concluded a working visit to the United States of America where he attended the International Aids Conference in Washington DC.

Pretoria - Banyana Banyana were thrashed 4-1 by Sweden last night in their debut match of the 2012 Olympic Games.

Pretoria - Commonwealth Sports Ministers have called for the relaxation of visa requirements to encourage free movement during sporting events such as the Olympic Games.

Pretoria - South African youth have been honoured at the Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guest House for their determination and efforts in improving the lives of those who are less fortunate.