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Pretoria - KwaZulu-Natal Premier Dr Zweli Mkhize on Sunday led a strong team of MECs and political leaders who took part in the inaugural Nelson Mandela Marathon, which pays tribute to the contributions of former President Nelson Mandela and other freedom fighters.

Pretoria - The Presidency on Wednesday said it was disappointed by what it described as "unfortunate utterances" attributed to former UNISA vice-chancellor, Dr Barney Pityana, during the Neil Aggett Memorial Lecture.

Pretoria - The Ministry in the Presidency for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation has announced the expiry of the contract of the Chief Executive Officer of the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) and Cabinet spokesperson, Jimmy Manyi.

Pretoria - Correctional Services Minister Sibusiso Ndebele has sent condolences to the family of the Correctional Services official who was shot and killed by awaiting trial detainees that escaped from the Barkley East Correctional Centre in the Eastern Cape on Saturday.

Pretoria - Except for only a few challenges, the Department of Basic Education says the preliminary reports on the 2012 Annual National Assessments (ANA) received from the provincial departments indicate that overall, the tests were a resounding success.

Pretoria - The Gauteng Department of Health has assured Leratong Hospital users that healthcare services are not disrupted following the shooting incident that took place this morning.

Johannesburg - Learners, who hitch hike, from schools along Broadway Street were in for a shock on Tuesday when they were confronted by Gauteng Education MEC Barbara Creecy and the police.

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma has sent condolences to President Hugo Chavez, as well as to the government and the people of Venezuela, following the fatal explosion at the country's largest oil refinery at Amuay over the weekend.

Pretoria - Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa has written to Western Cape Premier Helen Zille requesting a meeting to discuss her announcement of a Commission of Inquiry into allegations of police inefficiency in Khayelitsha.

Pretoria - The Department of Home Affairs has saluted the bravery of one of its officials who was injured at the weekend when a marquee collapsed during a funeral in Bulwer.

Pretoria - South Africa and the Czech Republic have recommitted themselves to further enhance trade and economic relations despite the current financial economic crisis negatively affecting many countries.

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma has sent condolences to the family and friends of freedom fighter and academic, Dr Neville Alexander, who passed away at the age of 75.

Cape Town - The percentage of South Africans with a bank account increased from 47% in 2005 to 63% in 2011 after the launch of the first Financial Sector Charter in 2004, said Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan

Pretoria - Discussions around the spike in unsecured lending, global challenges and infrastructure growth formed the crux of the meeting held on Monday between Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and the banking industry.

Pretoria - Government has the responsibility to professionalise the public service by upgrading and retaining their skills through technology, says Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu.

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