South Africa

Reigniting economic recovery and job creation are key aspects of the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government this year.

Despite the economic decline induced by COVID-19, the KwaZulu-Natal youth empowerment programme has created over 130 000 jobs.

Cabinet has welcomed the efforts and progress made by scientists, researchers and medical experts towards a national initiative of developing the country's own vaccines to deal with current and future pandemics.

The Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone has to date attracted over R21 billion worth of investments, says Trade, Industry and Competition Deputy Minister Fikile Majola.

Claims that the South African Airways (SAA) flight dispatched by government to transfer a consignment of COVID-19 vaccines was an expensive exercise, are devoid of the truth, says the Department of Public Enterprises.

Cabinet has this week approved the submission of South Africa’s ninth to 11th periodic country report on the UN International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD).

Cabinet has welcomed the SONA 2021 delivered by President Cyril Ramaphosa to a hybrid Joint Sitting of the two houses of Parliament, the National Assembly and National Council of Provinces, in Cape Town, last Thursday.

Cabinet has welcomed the recent sentencing by the Western Cape High Court of five members of a syndicate found guilty of copper cable theft.

Cabinet has expressed concern that the rate at which the South African economy creates jobs remains slower than the rate the country sheds jobs.

Cabinet has, at its ordinary meeting this week, approved the Land Court Bill and the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Amendment Bill of 2021, among others.

Cabinet has saluted the Matric Class of 2020, who persevered against all odds brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and obtained a 76.2% pass rate.

The Department of Social Development is expected to make payments to beneficiaries of the Early Childhood Development Employment - Stimulus Relief Grant (ECD-ESRF) in the first week of March.

Students and young professionals around the world have converged to take part in the Wetskills Water Challenge.

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize says 52 647 health care workers have been vaccinated against COVID-19 under the Sisonke Protocol.

Police Minister Bheki Cele has called on KwaZulu-Natal communities to assist the South African Police Service track the killers of four officers murdered across the province in the past week.

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