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Pretoria - The outbreak of New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase 1 (NDM-1) - a multi-drug resistant strain of bacteria - is cause for national concern, says the Department of Health.

King Williamstown - The Eastern Cape Transport MEC says her department will do everything it can to support the families of the 20 people killed in a car accident on Monday.

Cape Town - The 2010/11 Co-operative Banks Development Agency's unqualified report has indicated that co-operative financial institutions (CFIs) were not registering fast enough with the agency.

Pretoria - KwaZulu-Natal Education MEC Senzo Mchunu has condemned the shooting of a high school teacher in Nongoma, who was killed on Wednesday evening.

Pretoria - Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele has welcomed the R44 000 fine imposed on a Gauteng accountant for speeding.

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

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