South Africa

Pretoria - Correctional Services Minister Sibusiso Ndebele has sent condolences to the family of the Correctional Services official who was shot and killed by awaiting trial detainees that escaped from the Barkley East Correctional Centre in the Eastern Cape on Saturday.

Pretoria - Except for only a few challenges, the Department of Basic Education says the preliminary reports on the 2012 Annual National Assessments (ANA) received from the provincial departments indicate that overall, the tests were a resounding success.

Pretoria - The Gauteng Department of Health has assured Leratong Hospital users that healthcare services are not disrupted following the shooting incident that took place this morning.

Johannesburg - Learners, who hitch hike, from schools along Broadway Street were in for a shock on Tuesday when they were confronted by Gauteng Education MEC Barbara Creecy and the police.

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma has sent condolences to President Hugo Chavez, as well as to the government and the people of Venezuela, following the fatal explosion at the country's largest oil refinery at Amuay over the weekend.

Pretoria - Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa has written to Western Cape Premier Helen Zille requesting a meeting to discuss her announcement of a Commission of Inquiry into allegations of police inefficiency in Khayelitsha.

Pretoria - The Department of Home Affairs has saluted the bravery of one of its officials who was injured at the weekend when a marquee collapsed during a funeral in Bulwer.

Pretoria - South Africa and the Czech Republic have recommitted themselves to further enhance trade and economic relations despite the current financial economic crisis negatively affecting many countries.

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma has sent condolences to the family and friends of freedom fighter and academic, Dr Neville Alexander, who passed away at the age of 75.

Cape Town - The percentage of South Africans with a bank account increased from 47% in 2005 to 63% in 2011 after the launch of the first Financial Sector Charter in 2004, said Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan

Pretoria - Discussions around the spike in unsecured lending, global challenges and infrastructure growth formed the crux of the meeting held on Monday between Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and the banking industry.

Pretoria - Government has the responsibility to professionalise the public service by upgrading and retaining their skills through technology, says Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu.

Cape Town - South Africa is a winning nation, the Minister of Sport and Recreation Fikile Mbalula said today during a special joint sitting of Parliament to celebrate South Africa's six medals at the London 2012 Olympics.

Pretoria - Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Elizabeth Thabethe is on a visit to Slovakia where she will co-chair the 4th session Slovakia- South Africa Joint Council for Economic Cooperation which aims to promote and strengthen trade.

Pretoria - Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande has expressed his deepest condolences on the death of internationally acclaimed linguist, academic and struggle veteran, Dr Neville Alexander.