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Johannesburg - With less than two weeks to go before this year's matric final exams, learners in Gauteng on Tuesday enjoyed a visit from Education MEC Barbara Creecy, who spread good cheer and words of encouragement for what is undoubtedly a defining moment in thousands of youngsters' lives.

Cape Town - Minister of Transport Ben Martins has called on delegates at an international conference to help bring into force an agreement on the safety of fishing vessels, which 30 years on has yet to be ratified.

Pretoria - The Department of Communications on Tuesday launched a stamp in commemoration of the 11 Field Postal Unit of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF).

Pretoria - Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa has commended and encouraged members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) who continue to undergo fitness programmes in order to effectively fight crime.

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma led a government delegation in a state banquet on Monday night to bid a final farewell to outgoing Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.

Pretoria - Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe has arrived in Rome, Italy, where he is scheduled to meet that country's Prime Minister Mario Monti for bilateral talks.

Pretoria - The Department of Trade and Industry (dti) is hosting a series of workshops with stakeholders on the revised Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Codes of Good Practice.

Pretoria - The process of declaring 25 strategic roads in the province as national roads have been completed, says North West Premier Thandi Modise.

Pretoria - With 100 days to go before the start of 2013 Orange African Cup of Nations, the Gauteng provincial government has called on Gauteng residents to get behind the tournament.

Pretoria - Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe concluded his official visit to Italy on Wednesday where he held bilateral talks with Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti.

Pretoria - The Departments of Economic Development, Trade and Industry (dti) and Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) have welcomed the Competition Appeal Court's decision, instructing retail giant Walmart to set up a R240 million supplier development fund as a condition for it acquiring South African retailer Massmart.

Pretoria - The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has presented its 2011/12 annual report and once again received an unqualified audit report.

Pretoria - National and provincial departments of Health are to observe Mental Health Awareness Month by conducting various activities to educate the public about mental health, including depression.

Pretoria - Trade conditions weakened in September, the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) said on Wednesday.

Pretoria - Despite the service delivery protests earlier in the year, which disrupted education in some parts of Ekurhuleni, mayor Mondli Gungubele is optimistic that the grade 12 learners will do well in the upcoming final exams.

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