South Africa

Pretoria - Government has vowed not to allow criminals to rule the country's streets, homes and businesses.

Pretoria - The three men arrested on charges of human trafficking and child sex should not be granted bail, Chairperson of Parliaments' Portfolio Committee on Social Development Yolanda Botha said.

Pretoria - The European Union (EU) should consider suspending the inclusion of aviation in the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) for two years, says Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk.

Durban - The KwaZulu-Natal government has intensified its drive to become a leading force in the creation of a greener economy.

Pretoria - The commemoration of national days takes place throughout the country and changing venues does not diminish the role played by the people of that particular community where it all started, said the Presidency.

Pretoria - The Gauteng Provincial Government has expressed condolences to the family and friends of former Bafana Bafana star Thabang Lebese.

Pretoria - The Presidency says it is shocked and disappointed by the distortion of a section of President Jacob Zuma's 2012 State of the Nation Address by the Premier of the Western Cape, Helen Zille, on Human Rights Day.

Pretoria - Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says his department will use the 2010/2011 District Health Barometer (DHB) to reflect and reassess its interventions for the coming years.

Pretoria - The Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission (PICC) will convene an inter-governmental forum on infrastructure on 13 April, Cabinet spokesperson Jimmy Manyi announced on Thursday.

Pretoria - The announcement on which country will win the bid to host the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescope is expected to take place next month, says Cabinet spokesperson Jimmy Manyi.

Pretoria - Correctional Services Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has announced the department's new medical parole board members, which will deal with medical parole applications from inmates.

Pretoria - Cabinet has approved two bills for submission to Parliament that deal with the phenomenon of labour broking and child labour, among others.

Pretoria - Cabinet has approved plans to provide assistance to poor households with regards to set-top-boxes.

Pretoria - South Africa says it remains concerned about the ongoing attacks in Northern Mali carried out by the secessionist National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (NMLA), especially their impact on the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the region.

Pretoria - South Africa has emphasised its commitment to continue contributing to the resolution of peace and security challenges facing Africa, as it prepares to relinquish its seat in the African Union Peace and Security Council (PSC).