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Pretoria - Government has strongly rejected claims in the weekend press reports under the headline, "Ministers duck MPs' queries" that certain Cabinet Ministers disregard Parliamentary oversight by failing to answer Parliamentary questions.

Pretoria - KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Finance, Ina Cronj,, has encouraged people especially young people to save at least 15 percent of their income.

Pretoria- The approval of the Renewable Energy Feed-In Tariff (REFIT) has been delayed, the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) said on Tuesday.

Pretoria - South Africa's Health Minister is on a mission to encourage mothers to breastfeed as a way of promoting optimum infant health.

Pretoria - Monetary policy alone cannot solve the global economic crisis, Reserve Bank Governor Gill Marcus said on Tuesday.

Pretoria - Business Confidence declined 98.6 points in August from 99 points in July, the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI) said on Thursday.

Pretoria - South Africans have been urged to take advantage of free legal assistance being offered at the country's courts and Legal Aid Centres during this week.

Pretoria - Communications Minister Roy Padayachee reiterated that government has no intention to regulate or legislate against Blackberry Encryption messenger services (BBM).

Cape Town - The Department of Labour is cracking down on employers who flout the labour laws, with 295 cases having recently been referred to the Labour Court and a further 415 cases to various magistrates courts, the Minister of Labour Mildred Oliphant said today.

Cape Town - The Department of Basic Education is strengthening its campaign to attract young people to take up teaching through the Funza Lushaka Bursary initiative.

Pretoria - Banyana Banyana will not be resting on their 3-0 Olympic Games qualifier first leg advantage when they take on Ethiopia in the return match at the Addis Ababa National Stadium. 

Polokwane - Polokwane city is in the process of electing new ward committees to improve communication with its citizens.

Pretoria - Local community members in Temba, Hammanskraal, north of Pretoria are set to benefit from the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) by getting work-related skills.

Pretoria - The levels of "contact crimes" in South Africa have decreased by 6.9%, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said on Thursday.

Cape Town - Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga's bold plans to bring quality education to South African schools have been largely welcomed by Parliament's National Council of Provinces (NCOP).

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