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Cape Town - The Department of Trade and Industry has so far received 60 applications for cost-sharing grants to help roll out small business incubation programmes, since the launch of the Incubation Support Programme (ISP) in September.

Pretoria - Gauteng MEC for Economic Development Nkosiphendule Kolisile on Wednesday encouraged communities to grab the economic opportunities that government is presenting to them.

Pretoria - International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will today welcome her Argentine counterpart, Foreign Relations, International Trade Minister, Hector Timerman.

East London - Eastern Cape Premier Noxolo Kiviet has conceded that her provincial government's campaign to significantly reduce corruption in the province has seen challenges.

Johannesburg - Gauteng will work hard to ensure better audit comes in the future, Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane said on Tuesday.

Pretoria - Deputy Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs Rejoice Mabudafhasi has urged the community of Mopani district in Limpopo to continue to make a difference in other people's lives and make every day a Mandela Day.

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma has appointed new members of the Brand SA Board of Trustees to help strengthen the South African brand identity locally and abroad.

Johannesburg - South Africa's 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) Local Organising Committee says it will put in place special security measures to ensure that fans do not fall victim to counterfeit tickets during the continental tournament.

Pretoria - The South African Football Association (Safa) and Thomas Madigage's family have thanked South Africans for the support they have shown at the time of the Bafana Bafana assistant coach's passing away.

Pretoria - The Gautrain is the celebration of delivering a dream, says Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane.

Pretoria - Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa has decided to legally challenge Western Cape Premier Helen Zille's establishment of a Commission of Inquiry to look into allegations of police inefficiency in Khayelitsha.

Pretoria - The Gauteng Provincial Government has welcomed the release of the Census 2011 results by Statistics South Africa as a helpful set of data that will assist in effectively planning for the needs of its citizens.

Pretoria - Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) has welcomed the latest national census results as an important statistical milestone.

Pretoria - The Marikana Commission of Inquiry is expected to continue on Wednesday with more testimony from a crime scene expert.

Cape Town - The Department of Social Development is looking into whether to adopt a household or family grant modelled on Brazil's successful Bolsa Familia programme, the Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini has said.

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