South Africa

Johannesburg - A new research report on South Africa, expected to be released next year, is to provide unique insight into the workings of the country's economy, says the Department of Trade and Industry.

Pretoria - The standardisation of African traditional medicine should be speeded up, says President Jacob Zuma.

East London - Traffic officials will not be tolerant this festive season when they intensify "Operation Asihleki" (meaning 'we are serious').

Cape Town - Minister in the Presidency for National Planning Trevor Manuel says that in future, teachers should be tested regularly to determine their knowledge and competency and their salaries should be linked to learner performance.

Pretoria - Government needs the involvement of both small-holder and commercial farmers in implementing the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP).

Johannesburg - The price of a bootleg DVD on the side of the road might seem appealing, but giving in to the temptation makes you just as guilty as the person who sells you the pirated goods.

Pretoria - The Protection of State Information Bill is not about supressing the media or concealing corruption, State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele has clarified.

Pretoria - The Reserve Bank's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has left rates unchanged at 5.5%, Governor Gill Marcus said on Thursday.

Johannesburg - Staff at the Master's Office of the South Gauteng High Court got a pat on the back on Thursday when Deputy Justice Minister Andries Nel dropped by to inspect services.

East London - President Jacob Zuma and Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel will next week meet with Eastern Cape automotive sector representatives in a bid to stave off the effects of the g

Durban - South Africa recorded their third straight victory at the Rugby World Cup after demolishing neighbours Namibia 87-nil in a Group D match.

Cape Town - Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini has called on families, communities and civil society to help in the fight against alcohol abuse.

Pretoria - More than 800 unroadworthy buses and taxis have been taken off South Africa's roads over the past two weeks.

Pretoria - The Ministry of Social Development has expressed concern about the increase in suicide among students in the wake of recent incidents reported in the Eastern Cape. 

Pretoria - The Department of Health has extended the period for submissions on the National Health Insurance (NHI) policy document to end of December.

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