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Pretoria - Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe has assured Ghana of South Africa's support and loyal friendship and hopes that the two countries use this friendship to cooperate in addressing the challenges facing the continent and in the international arena.

Cape Town - Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu paid tribute to the thousands of people who had fought for a better South Africa as he accepted the Order of Vasco Nunez de Balboa under the Great Cross Degree from Panama.

Johannesburg - Government has repatriated the remains of a Khoisan man, Klaas Pienaar and his wife Trooi, from Austria.

Pretoria - Government is investigating various funding models for ensuring the success of the R3.2 trillion infrastructure development plan, says Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba.

Pretoria - The village of Nkandla will be alive with celebrations this weekend as a new bride is welcomed into the Zuma household.

Boksburg - South Africa should take advantage of government's massive infrastructure programme with support from all sectors.

Thohoyandou - Deputy Minister for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation, Obed Bapela, has called on community members to refrain from destroying government-owned property.

Pretoria - The passing of the SAPS Amendment Bill would represent a step forward in the fight against organised crime and corruption, says Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa.

Pretoria - Construction of a multi-billion Rand 'green building' to house the Department of Water Affairs began in Pretoria on Thursday, signalling a new era in the country's response to climate change.

Pretoria - Bafana Bafana veteran striker Siyabonga Nomvethe is hopeful that the team will collect the much needed maximum points for their upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Ethiopia and Botswana.

Pretoria - The Police Ministry has refuted media reports that individuals reported to be Minister Nathi Mthethwa's relatives and children are employed by the South African Police Services (SAPS).

Durban - The South African women's hockey team was recently lauded for joining their soccer counterparts in qualifying for the London Olympics. Government threw its support behind the two teams and the rest of Team SA by setting aside over R34 million for preparations for the games.

Barberton - Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti has urged beneficiaries of land redistribution to use the invaluable asset productively to help them actively participate in the country's mainstream economy.

Cape Town - University and college campuses that address climate challenge will better serve students and help create a thriving and ethical society, Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande said at the launch of the African Green Campus Initiative on Saturday.

Pretoria - International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane says the local government sphere has a vital role to play in the implementation of South Africa's foreign policy.

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