South Africa

Johannesburg - Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe says government is ready to roll out the country's infrastructure plan announced by President Jacob Zuma in his State of the Nation Address earlier this year.

Johannesburg - Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula says government is ready to host the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon).

Cape Town - South African soldiers, posted on the SA-Mozambican border to conduct border security patrols, seized 22 poachers and confiscated 19 hunting rifles and AK-47s between April last year and March this year.

Mbombela - Mpumalanga's top government leaders have adopted 31 of the worst performing schools in the province to help improve results.

Pretoria - Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies has announced a designation process geared towards stimulating manufacturing in the local pharmaceutical industry to the tune of R2.5 billion.

Pretoria - Premier Soccer League (PSL) and Moroka Swallows veteran striker, Siyabonga "Bhele" Nomvethe, 35, has been included in the Bafana Bafana team to face Ethiopia on the 2014 World Cup qualifier.

Pretoria - The salaries of South Africa's soldiers will be adjusted to recognise years of service in an effort to improve their low salaries and boost morale in the military, Defence and Military Veterans Minister Lindiwe Sisulu announced on Thursday.

Pretoria - Bilateral relations between South Africa and Panama are expected to be strengthened when the Panama Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Francisco Alvarez de Soto, visits the country this week.

Cape Town - If the country is to overcome inequality, South Africans have to reach a consensus on both workers' wages and executive pay rates and speed up the creation of more jobs, Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel said on Thursday.

Pretoria - A total of 171 rhinos have been killed between January and April this year, the Department of Environmental Affairs has announced.

Pretoria - Justice Minister Jeff Radebe is expected to release a framework document on the transformation of state legal services on Monday.

Pretoria - The South African Government has welcomed the entering into effect of the ceasefire arrangement in Syria, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation said on Saturday.

Pretoria - Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says the integrated assessment instrument to improve the performance of principals, deputy principals and teachers is in its final stages of negotiation.

Pretoria - Implementation of the Teacher Laptop Initiative is back on track with more teachers having to access this resource.

Durban - With economic growth in KwaZulu-Natal looking optimistic this year, the provincial government has reached out to private sector experts for their input to enhance this objective.

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