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In a country with over one million pregnant women each year and with an HIV prevalence of nearly 30 per cent, South Africa has made notable strides towards the prevention of mother to child HIV infections, writes Chris Bathembu.

In a community where over 50 percent of the population rely on government grants and over 20 percent of households live below the poverty line, a fish farming project in a rural Eastern Cape town is changing lives and has brought hope of a better future to many of its residents.

When Nteseng Mogorosi finished matric in 2004, he always knew that he wanted to be in business because he believed it would give him the freedom to own his life.

While many municipalities around the country are battling with various challenges - financial mismanagement being among the topmost - one small municipality in Gauteng is among those that are proving to be an inspiration to others..

By More Matshediso 

The Masango family lived in a dilapidated home with holes on the roof, all their lives. The home, made from corrugated metal-sheets, has long since ceased to keep out the rain, and is held together by cardboard and wood. This is the place the family has called home for many years.

Government has conceded that more than ever before, there’s now a pressing need for structural change in the South African economy.

For many people, an ocean is often associated with fun, relaxation, and escape. It is a place where families and loved ones visit to unwind and enjoy the beauty of nature. However, there is more that the oceans do than produce fish and serve as the centre of attraction for beach goers, writes Chris Bathembu.

Despite the recent wave of racist cases that had sought to divide us, South Africans are still good people committed to building an inclusive society based on human rights, writes Bathandwa Mbola.

Making a living in farming is not easy. For many small scale farmers, commercial farming is hard. For small farmers wanting to make a living in the sector, the challenges can almost seem insurmountable.

By Mr Kingsley Makhubela, Brand South Africa CEO

2016 is proving to be a very exciting and challenging year for our young democracy. The events of the first few weeks of this year, presents us as a nation with the impetus to assess our 22 years of democracy within the context of the country we will bequeath to our future generations. Unfolding events are forcing us to analyse the shape and form of our country and the character of our nation.

On Thursday, President Zuma will deliver the annual State of the Nation Address (SONA) to millions of South Africans. And according to Parliament, it’s all systems go for the big day.

On Thursday, 11 February, President Jacob Zuma will deliver the State Of the Nation Address (SONA) to the National Assembly and the South African people.

South Africa was represented by a multi-stakeholder high level delegation at the World Economic Forum’s Davos meeting from 20-23 January 2016. Coming within the context of projected lowered global economic growth, falling oil and commodity prices, this gathering of international opinion makers and thought leaders presented an opportunity to look at global responses and best practice to a range of pressing social, developmental and economic issues.

Many developing countries have had to evaluate their programmes aimed at stimulating and sustaining economic growth and development. South Africa, despite being the most developed and diversified economy on the continent, is no different. To this end, President Zuma appointed the National Planning Commission in 2010, who through a process of rigorous consultation, put forward what is today known as South Africa’s National Development Plan (NDP) or Vision 2030.

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