South Africa

Pretoria - The incident in which a group of men attacked two teenagers near the Noord Street Taxi Rank apparently because one of them wore a mini-skirt has been condemned by the Department of Women, Children and People with Disabilities.

Pretoria - Minister for Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande, has called on the Class of 2011 to consider opportunities offered by public FET colleges and not only focus on gaining acceptance to universities.

Johannesburg - With more than 40 Gauteng private school matriculants performing excellently in last year's IEB examinations, it is clear that the province is home to top achievers, says Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane.

Polokwane - Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan says the national government will continue to work with Limpopo officials as part of the process to rescue that province from its financial woes.

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma has hailed the 70.2% matric pass rate, saying it is a step in the right direction.

Pretoria - Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has announced that most provinces in the country have achieved improved matric pass rates.

Malalane - Fourteen families have had to be relocated following heavy rains that lashed Mpumalanga's deep rural Nkomazi area this week.

Pretoria - Around 70.2% of the matriculants who sat for the 2011 National Senior Certificate examinations last year passed their exams.

Pretoria - Hard work and dedication are key when it comes to acing your matric exams, some of the top performing learners in the 2011 National Senior Certificate exams said on Wednesday.

Pretoria - The South African Democratic Teachers' Union (Sadtu) has joined the rest of the country in congratulating 2011 matrics who have passed the exams.

Mbombela - Heavy downpours have wrecked households, lodges and cut off communities in Mpumalanga's Lowveld and some parts of Limpopo this week.

Badplaas - Mpumalanga education authorities have hailed the success of the 2011 matrics who produced a pass rate of 64.8% - an 8% improvement on the 2010 results.

Cape Town - The Western Cape Education Department says it will focus on reducing the number of underperforming schools in the province this year, following an inspiring performance in the 2011 National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations.

Cape Town - Matrics in the Western Cape have reason to celebrate after achieving an impressive 82.9% pass rate for 2011, up by 6.1% compared to 2010.

Pretoria - Northern Cape Social Development MEC Alvin Botes has called on parents of learners who did not succeed in the 2011 matric examinations to support and encourage them.

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