South Africa

South Africa will participate in the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Ministerial Meeting scheduled to get underway in Venezuela at the weekend.

While the President has given the go-ahead for boots on the ground to be deployed to areas in the Western Cape that are plagued by gangsterism and drug abuse, Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula says they will maintain the element of surprise.

Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola says a number of strategies, including infrastructure expansion, are being used to deal with overcrowding in prisons.

KwaZulu-Natal Finance MEC Ravi Pillay says the provincial government’s focus is on cultivating sustainable solutions when it comes to turning the tide on the economic challenges facing the province.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed his heartfelt sadness at the passing in recent days of anti-apartheid cultural activists, performers and National Order of Ikhamanga recipients Jonathan “Johnny” Clegg and Mama Nomhle Nkonyeni.

The City of Ekurhuleni has advised residents to make use of other service centres following the closure of the Bedfordview Licensing Centre due to a break-in.

Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu says she will soon ask Cabinet to declare all major dams as national key points in a push to increase security around the country’s s

Justice and Constitutional Development Minister Ronald Lamola says the department will provide budgetary support towards the establishment of the NPA’s Investigative Directorate.

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has welcomed the arrest of two learners following a shooting incident at MH Joosub Secondary School in Lenasia.

The community of Eshowe in KwaZulu-Natal has been lauded for its stellar efforts in reaching the 90-90-90 United Nations Aids target ahead of the 2020 deadline.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says the Council of Education Ministers has agreed to introduce Kiswahili as a subject in South African schools.

Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Minister Thoko Didiza says she has met with District Six community representatives over the past week in a bid to find solutions to unresolved land claim issues.

The Department of Sports, Arts and Culture has denied allegations made by the City Press on how it manages public funds.

Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane is leading a South African delegation to the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development at the United Nations (UN) in New York.

The Electoral Commission has met to adjudicate on two appeals received against the registration of the African Transformation Movement (ATM) and the Black First Land First (BLF).