South Africa

Pretoria - The Department of Basic Education's Workbook Programme has been expanded to cover Grades 7, 8 and 9 learners with an amount of R811 million being allocated towards expanding the distribution of workbooks to Grade 9 learners.

Hammanskraal - The remains of Constable Francis Rasuge were laid to rest on Saturday, bringing final closure to her family, friends and colleagues since her disappearance eight years ago.

Johannesburg - The Constitutional Court on Wednesday reserved judgement on whether it should overturn the interim interdict preventing e-tolling in Gauteng from commencing.

Pretoria - Should a report find that fracking is possible in the country, South Africa should forge ahead with it as it could contribute to energy supply security, Energy Minister Dipuo Peters said on Thursday.

Pretoria - The Department of Home Affairs extended the hours of operation at its Refugee Reception Offices on Monday.

Pretoria - The preferred bidders for the second window of the Independent Power Producers (IPPs) will be announced next week, says Energy Minister Dipuo Peters.

President - Government will not be paying for the upcoming wedding of President Jacob Zuma and costs for the ceremony will be paid by the President himself, the Presidency has clarified in a statement.

Pretoria - The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) is making progress in transforming the judiciary, says Justice Minister Jeff Radebe.

Pretoria - Schools in the Free State which could not complete the School Governing Body (SGB) election process have been given a second chance to vote until the end of April.

Pretoria - There is great responsibility on parents and adults to be accountable for the content children in their care have access to, says Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.

Skukuza - Professional hunters will only be allowed to hunt and export a single rhino horn for trophy purposes once a year, the Water and Environmental Affairs Department has announced.

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma has extended warm wishes to Royal Princess Anne who is expected to arrive in the country this morning as part of Queen Elizabeth II's jubilee.

Pretoria - Relations between South Africa and Ethiopia are expected to be given a boost when the two countries meet for their second Joint Ministerial Meeting in that country on Tuesday.

Cape Town - Since it was introduced over two years ago, the Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP2) has stabilised the clothing sector, turned around the automotive sector, added jobs in the business process services sector and had introduced procurement designation to boost local production, the Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies says.

Pretoria - Former world track champion Caster Semenya was chosen as Team South Africa's official flag bearer at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.


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