South Africa

North West Education MEC, Mmaphefo Matsemela, has extended her heartfelt condolences to the families, friends, learners and teacher at the Vyfhoek Primary School in Potchefstroom following the tragic death of five school learners on Thursday.

Eskom has warned that although load shedding has been suspended, the risk of its return remains high over the weekend.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura says putting proper infrastructure and resources into sports facilities in townships will have a positive effect on the lives of young people.

Liquor remains one of the biggest contributors of crime, says Police Minister Bheki Cele.

Police Minister Bheki Cele has expressed concern at the country’s alarmingly high murder rates.

Sexual offences crimes decreased by 6.7% between April and June, the latest crime statistics reveal.

Health Minister, Dr Joe Phaahla, has confirmed that there has been no rise in COVID-19 cases, hospitalisation and deaths since all the restrictions were lifted in June.

The Department of Employment and Labour has called on employers to take sterner action to stem the tide of harassment in the workplace.

While monkeypox is considered “low risk” in South Africa, the Health Minister, Dr Joe Phaahla says the high number of confirmed positive cases is becoming a cause for concern.

South Africa has made significant progress in attaining equality for women in social, economic and political spheres, says Public Service and Administration Deputy Minister, Dr Chana Pilane-Majake.

Expanding the participation of black people, women, and people with disability in the economic mainstream and in strategic economic sectors can work hand-in-hand with faster economic growth, says Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana.

Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana has expressed great concern at the continued decrease of value of public- private partnerships (PPPs) over the past 10 years.

Deputy President David Mabuza says government is determined to assist families who were severely affected by the deadly floods that swept KwaZulu-Natal.

Deputy President David Mabuza says government is taking every step to make sure that Eskom is supported in its bid to stabilise the national grid and ensure energy security.

President Cyril Ramaphosa is pleased with progress made by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) on a number of issues of regional importance.