South Africa

Pretoria - The Department of Trade and Industry (dti) has expressed disappointment that the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) has decided to import the National Olympic team's kit.

Washington - The global financial crisis and concern about debt levels in many advanced economies showed no asset could be viewed as truly safe, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Wednesday.

Pretoria - The Defence Review Committee, appointed by Defence and Military Veterans Minister Lindiwe Sisulu last year to look into updating the policy of the South African National Defence Force, on Thursday handed over a Draft Defence Review report to the minister.

Pretoria - Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa today congratulated the police team who, through their investigation, helped secure the successful sentencing of William Mbatha, commonly known as 'King of Bling'.

Ermelo - Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) is working towards improving its operations while at the same time, increasing the number of women in its employ.

Pretoria - The South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) has moved to reassure Gauteng motorists who have already registered for the e-toll system that they will not be required to re-register for the system.

Cape Town - South Africa has capitalised on the awareness generated by the 2010 World Cup, with international tourist arrivals growing by 3.3% last year and with over eight million tourists visiting South Africa last year, Minister of Tourism Martinus van Schalkwyk said on Thursday.

Pretoria - Transnet has launched a R300 billion infrastructure plan that is set to create 588 000 new jobs in the South African economy.

Pretoria - South Africa's Land Reform Programme is set to get more support from government, with the Rural Development and Land Reform Department having earmarked over R2 billion towards it for the 2012/13 financial year.

Pretoria - The Department of Home Affairs says it has identified a massive backlog in the review of decisions not to grant asylum to asylum seekers, however it is working hard to clear the backlog.

Pretoria - Serious inroads have been made in addressing the water use authorisation licence backlog, with 1 049 applications already finalised by the Water Affairs Department through its backlog eradication project.

Pretoria - It was a busy Easter weekend at the country's ports of entry, with 634 914 travellers passing through them, according to Home Affairs Movement Control System.

Mbombela - The Mpumalanga government is on a drive to revitalise 292 farms that were acquired in land claims.

Cape Town - Construction on six new correctional centres will get under way this year, with a further 12 in the pipeline, Correctional Services Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said on Wednesday.

Pretoria - South Africans, staff at the Presidency and political parties have wished President Jacob Zuma a happy birthday.

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