South Africa

Sun City - President Jacob Zuma has likened Africa's growth pace to that of Asia, saying the continent is fast making good progress economically and is on its way to achieving economic growth and improving the quality of life of Africans.

Hammanskraal - As family, friends and colleagues gathered to remember the life of murdered policewoman Constable Francis Rasuge, government reiterated its commitment to effectively deal with women abuse.

Durban - At least 2 500 KwaZulu-Natal schools have responded enthusiastically to national government's school sports programme, exceeding the target by 1 000 schools.

Pretoria - Government has assured South Africans that it is intent on ensuring that the Commission of Inquiry into the Strategic Defence Procurement Package, also known as the arms deal, delivers on its mandate in a transparent manner.

Durban - A government programme aimed at discouraging anti-social behaviour among young people, using different forms of art, has changed five young lives forever.

Pretoria - The Department of Trade and Industry (dti) has warned potential liquor traders about a fraudulent liquor licensing scam.

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.

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