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Cape Town - The Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan outlined a range of measures to boost the planning and monitoring capacity in departments and municipalities to ensure they carried out infrastructure projects and allocated the necessary spending on these projects wisely.

Springs - Traffic officials will be out in full force across the country to ensure that the high accident rate normally associated with the Easter long Weekend is minimised.

Pretoria- The Gauteng Department of Health has developed a plan to clear all of its debt by the end of June this year, the department said in a statement on Sunday.

Pretoria - The City of Tshwane did not breach the Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA) in the issuance of its inaugural R1.5 billion bond, National Treasury said on Friday.

Pretoria - Law enforcement and paramedics in Mpumalanga are working on an accident scene in which a truck and a goods train collided earlier this morning, killing at least 17 people.

Johannesburg - Participating in the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) will not only enhance the reputation of the companies involved and that of the country, but in the long run it will help in the development of South Africa, says Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba.

Johannesburg - Former Local Government and Housing MEC Humphrey Mmemezi's usage of his official credit card for personal use amounted to an act of negligence, the Privileges and Ethics Standing Committee has found.

Pretoria - Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies is to attend the fifth Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), which will be held in Beijing, China.

Pretoria - In an effort to deepen its consultation process on the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP), the Inter-Ministerial Committee today met with religious leaders at the Union Buildings.

Cape Town - Capital Gains Tax (CGT) for individuals and special trusts will be increased from 1 March- from 25% to 33.3%, while that for companies and other trusts from 50% to 66.6%.

Cape Town - The state would have about R4.5 trillion in resources to draw on, using a range of financing methods over the next three years, to fund key infrastructure projects, the Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan said today.

Cape Town - Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has announced tax relief for small businesses and a new small business financing agency is to help fund the sector.

Cape Town - The Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan today announced the introduction of a tax credit on medical aid contributions.

Pretoria - Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe says it is imperative for the country's citizens to learn about their history.

Cape Town - Significant financial and non-financial barriers are still holding South Africa back from becoming a gateway for investors into Africa, the Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan revealed in his Budget Speech on Wednesday.

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