South Africa

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.

Pretoria - Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi has acknowledged that mental health services have and continue to be inequitably distributed, fragmented and inadequately resourced and characterised by significant provincial variability in South Africa.

Pretoria - Government has joined all South Africans and the international community in wishing former President Nelson Mandela a happy 94th birthday, and in celebrating his life and legacy.

Pretoria - On Monday evening, while the city was in the grip of a cold spell, Jonathan Thopola fought with his friends over a blanket and ended up having to spend the night with nothing covering his freezing body.

Pretoria - The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) has urged all provincial and metropolitan traffic officers to provide evidence on Roadlink buses that have been discontinued, impounded or involved in crashes in the last five years.

Pretoria - "Work beside us and respect our voices as we also have potential and talents." This was the earnest plea made by a mental health care user to society at a National Mental Health Summit on Thursday.

Johannesburg - Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile says there should be one more consultation process on the Tshwane/Pretoria name change issue.

Pretoria - The Gauteng Department of Health, in collaboration with the National Health Laboratory Services, is implementing a new system that will make ordering blood tests by doctors more efficient.

Soweto - Batsogile Primary School in Pimville, Soweto, is a hive of activity this morning as it is one of the recipients of goodwill on International Nelson Mandela Day.

Pretoria - The Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation will continue to put in place measures to enhance government's performance, says Minister Collins Chabane.

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