South Africa

Polokwane - Hundreds of security companies operating in Limpopo may be blacklisted for underpaying their security guards and not paying out retirement funds or bonuses, say Labour Department officials.

Pretoria - The Presidency has granted permission to the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) to march on the Union Buildings and hand over a memorandum to officials on Friday.

Pretoria - Gautrain feeder buses will resume their operations on all routes on Thursday.

Pretoria - The oral presentations to the ministerial committee of inquiry into the financial affairs of Cricket South Africa (CSA), chaired by Judge Chris Nicholson, will adjourn until January 2012.

Durban - South Africa today announced plans to phase out all incandescent light bulbs and replace them with energy efficient ones by 2016.

Pretoria - Gauteng MEC for Community Safety Faith Mazibuko today warned motorists and pedestrians that lawlessness on the province's roads during the festive season would not be tolerated.

Pretoria - Communities under the Zululand District will from Friday no longer have to travel long distances to receive healthcare services.

Cape Town - The commission set up to investigate the arms deal will be able to subpoena witnesses - including cabinet ministers - and have the power of search and seizure, the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development Jeff Radebe revealed today.

Pretoria - National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) President Andile Lungisa has been elected President of the Pan-African Youth Union (PYU).

Durban - Government says the amendments to the country's Preferential Procurement Policy Act will boost local entrepreneurs, while creating much needed jobs in the private sector.

Pretoria - Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi has conceded that the quality of services offered by the public health care system needs to be urgently addressed if the National Health Insurance (NHI) is to succeed.

Pretoria - Cabinet has approved the merger of key small business development agencies under the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) umbrella.

Mbombela - The 17 bodies of Mozambican nationals who died in a horror crash in Belfast, Mpumalanga, will be transported to their home country next week.

Durban - Top politicians from several countries joined civil society leaders on Monday in the call for more innovative sources of finance to address climate change, including a tax on maritime shipping, to be part of the deal in Durban.

Durban - Women face disproportionately high risks to their livelihoods and health from climate change, according to a new report released by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).