South Africa

Pretoria - Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele has urged senior managers in his department to accelerate service delivery this year.

East London - The fifth East London leg of the gruelling Spec-Savers 70.3 Ironman has attracted the largest number of triathletes since the competition was first hosted by the city in 2008.

Pretoria - Communications Minister Dina Pule introduced recently appointed SABC CEO Lulama Mokhobo to staff at the public broadcaster on Wednesday.

Pretoria - Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile has paid tribute to acclaimed guitarist George Nxusa, who died on Saturday.

Cape Town - Lobby group Human Rights Watch has warned that housing rights for farm workers in the fruit and wine industries in the Western Cape are being abused.

Pretoria - Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande has urged potential students to contact the department's call centre to verify the existence of private educational institutions before enrolling.

Pretoria - South Africa has, as President of the UN Security Council, presented a wish-list of priorities that would give the African continent, particularly the African Union (AU), a voice in the global body.

Pretoria - South Africa is working towards a thriving mixed economy that is integrated into the Southern African region and African continent as a whole, says President Jacob Zuma.

Pretoria - The Board of Inquiry looking into the allegations of misconduct against National Police Commissioner General Bheki Cele is expected to host public hearings next month.

Pretoria - Johan Kotze, the man accused of killing his stepson and ordering workers to sexually assault and mutilate his estranged wife, made a brief appearance in the Modimolle Magistrate's Court on Friday.

Pretoria - The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has unanimously adopted a resolution that will further enhance the ties between the UN and sub-regional organisations, particularly the African Union.

Pretoria - The e-tolling system in Gauteng, which was due to commence next month, has been placed on hold.

Cape Town - The Department of Water and Environmental Affairs has revealed that 232 suspects were arrested in connection with rhino poaching last year.

Pretoria - The Department of Trade and Industry has dismissed reports linking the resignation of the National Lotteries Board (NLB) CEO, Professor Vevek Ram, to the operational challenges faced in the distribution of good cause funding.

Pretoria - Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Elizabeth Thabethe says there is a need to address the exploitation of crafters.

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