South Africa

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.

Pretoria - While South Africa's economic activity expanded in the second quarter, economic growth is likely to slow in the coming months, says the Reserve Bank.

Pretoria - A Tshwane Metro police officer died on Wednesday after he was shot by criminals while on duty.

Pretoria - The adoption of the Robben Island Guidelines 10 years ago marked a historic step forward in the prevention of torture on the African continent, says Justice and Constitutional Development Deputy Minister Andries Nel.

Pretoria - New banknotes bearing the face of former President Nelson Mandela will come into circulation next Tuesday, says the Reserve Bank.

Cape Town - Religious groups can play a critical role in addressing the immense anger that many South Africans still harbour years after apartheid ended and can help many to find healing and reconciliation, says President Jacob Zuma.

Pretoria - North West MEC for Human Settlements, Public Safety and Liaison, Nono Maloyi, says the province will intensify efforts to reduce road accidents and fatalities.

Johannesburg - A study conducted by Unisa's Bureau of Market Research, through its Youth Research Unit, shows that nearly 35% of learners in Gauteng schools have been bullied in the past two years, with 42% of this group being Grade 8 learners and a third having experienced bullying throughout their secondary school lives.

Pretoria - The international charity organisation, Water Aid, has opened its regional office in South Africa in an effort to improve access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in some of the world's neediest communities.

Pretoria - Infrastructure development is an important part of raising South Africa's potential growth rate while at the same time, it should not be seen as an easy way to make money out of government, Deputy Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene says.

Pretoria - The names of the eight South Africans killed in a suicide bomb attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Tuesday have been released by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco).

Rustenburg - A memorial service for the Lonmin mine workers will be held on Thursday at the same place where the tragedy took place.

Pretoria - Mpumalanga Education MEC, Reginah Mhaule has expressed appreciation on the progress of the Annual National Assessments (ANAs) in the province.

Pretoria - The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government is committed to ensuring the good financial health status of all government departments and municipalities in the province, says Premier Zweli Mkhize.

Cape Town - Minister of Police Nathi Mthethwa told Parliament on Tuesday that police had done all its power to avert any bloodshed at the Lonmin Marikana Mine in the North West last week.

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