South Africa

President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Friday conclude the first Cabinet Lekgotla for 2023, where government is currently deliberating its programme of action for the year at the Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guesthouse in Pretoria.

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Nomusa Dube-Ncube has outlined the provincial government’s plans to convert non-viable schools, with dwindling enrolment numbers, into vocational skills centers.

Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy has welcomed the improvement in the health and safety of mineworkers since the introduction of the Mine Health and Safety Act 25 years ago.

The Portfolio Committee on Basic Education has urged the government of KwaZulu-Natal to enhance support for special needs schools to protect and promote the constitutional right to education.

Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs has on called government stakeholders to work with Kannaland Municipality to salvage the town out of its dysfunctionality status.

Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana has invited South Africans to make inputs on what they would like to see reflected in the upcoming National Budget Speech.

Police in the Free State on Wednesday arrested three suspects for the possession of boxes containing antiretroviral medicines used to treat Human Immunodeficiency Virus (ARV) valued at R85 000.

Phase IV of the Presidential Youth Employment Initiative (PYEI), implemented as the Basic Education Employment Initiative (BEEI), has commenced today.

The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has maintained its commitment to foster public-private partnerships in order to develop mega water and sanitation infrastructure projects in the country.

Water and Sanitation Minister, Senzo Mchunu, has reiterated that reconfiguration of water entities aims to improve water provision to communities.

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has introduced certain policy changes for the 2023 academic year to progressively address existing disparities between Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges and university beneficiaries’ bursary packages.

Southern African Development Community (SADC) leaders have called on the Kingdom of Eswatini to urgently initiate a national dialogue as tensions continue to rise in that country.

National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) chairperson, Ernest Khosa, says the scheme expects to make upfront payments of approximately R3.5 billion to universities and R2.7 billion to Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges.

A 43-year-old police sergeant was amongst six suspects who were arrested on Monday for possession of a suspected stolen vehicle and two hijacked truck trailers in Clewer, Emalahleni.

The South African government has expressed its condolences to the government and people of Iran after an earthquake erupted, killing three and injuring hundreds of civilians.

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