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Pretoria - International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim is to pay a two-day working visit to the Philippines next week to strengthen relations with that country, in the areas of trade, investment, tourism and culture.

Pretoria - Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson has in a statement conveyed a message of support to farm workers who are staging a sit in at a farm in the Boland region in the Western Cape.

Pretoria - The Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on the Marikana tragedy led by Minister in The Presidency, Collins Chabane, has sent condolences to the family of Councillor Pauline Masutlhe from Marikana.

Cape Town - The Western Cape has put in place various programmes to assist municipalities to improve their performance, the province's Premier Helen Zille said on Monday.

Pretoria - Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Thandi Tobias-Pokolo has urged Limpopo residents to look to entrepreneurship to help eradicate unemployment.

Johannesburg - The overall quality of life in Gauteng has risen marginally, the results of the 2011 Quality of Life survey show.

Pretoria - Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa has called on police to intensify the war on criminals who target jewellery stores and people with large sums of money.

Umzimkhulu - Residents of a small KwaZulu-Natal village will get an opportunity to discuss their challenges with the country's first citizen today.

Pretoria - The provision of bulk infrastructure remains one of the major challenges in delivering houses in rural areas, says Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale.

Cape Town - A new agency, which will provide training and support to co-operatives, is to help raise the survival rate of co-operatives and in so doing enable them to create thousands of jobs, the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry Elizabeth Thabethe said today.

Skukuza - Four of the 13 municipalities nationwide that received clean audits from the Auditor General for the 2010/2011 financial year are based in Mpumalanga.

Washington DC - South Africa's multi-sectoral approach and the partnership between government and civil society in the fight against HIV and Aids has helped the country turn the tide against the pandemic, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said during a panel discussion at the 19th International AIDS Conference on Monday.

Johannesburg - A team of professionals will now be stationed at four Gauteng hospitals, where they will be responsible for maintenance of all equipment, Gauteng MEC for Infrastructure Development, Qedani Mahlangu announced on Wednesday.

Pretoria - Tshwane Metro Police Chief, Steven Ngobeni, has condemned the killing of Sergeant Reuben Oupa Dibakwane, describing it as a barbaric and cowardly act.

Mzimkhulu - President Jacob Zuma, visibly tired from his recent trips abroad but saying he was heartened by the "wonderful spirit" and welcome he always receives from people on the ground, retuned his focus on rural areas on Tuesday, when he launched his Presidential Service Delivery Monitoring Programme in KwaZulu-Natal.

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