South Africa

Pretoria - South Africa's local government is quite stable and has achieved more in terms of accelerating service delivery in the country, says South African Local Government Association (SALGA) boss Xolile George.

Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma is considering a 5.5% increase for public office bearers recommended by the Independent Commission for the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers, the commission's chairperson Judge Willie Seriti said today.

Pretoria - The Gauteng provincial government has developed a new strategic plan that aims to reduce HIV infections by half and initiate 80% of eligible people on antiretroviral treatment.

Pretoria - Police have recovered drugs worth about R100 million at drug laboratories at two Johannesburg homes, leading to the arrest of five people.

Pretoria - Sport and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula will officially open Ekhaya - Home away from Home - in London today, ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games kick-off on Friday in London.

Pretoria - The North West Department of Health has opened an investigation into how a 43-year-old male patient managed to stab three patients at Zeerust Hospital.

Pretoria - Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says she is encouraged by the enthusiasm and commitment shown by principals and curriculum advisors in Limpopo, despite the difficulties they are facing.

Pretoria - Government has clarified the rules pertaining to traffic fines for official state vehicles, saying recent media coverage on the issue indicated a lack of understanding of The National Road Traffic Act No. 93 of 1996.

Pretoria - An anti-poaching campaign led by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries resulted in the arrest of seven men and confiscation of 26 429 units of abalone.

Johannesburg - Young people who have made a success of their lives against all odds will be honoured at the South African Youth Awards ceremony this weekend.

Pretoria - Cabinet has approved the decision for a notice to be issued by Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies requiring the labelling of goods coming from Israeli occupied territories.

Pretoria - Minister in The Presidency for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation, Collins Chabane, today visited the family of the late Councillor Pauline Masutlhe from Wonderkop in Marikana.

Pretoria - The North West Department of Health has dispersed over R600 million conditional grant to improve HIV and Aids, Sexually Transmitted Infections and Tuberculosis outcomes.

Pretoria - Government is concerned about the "wobbly" community radio sector, says Communications Minister Dina Pule.

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma has accepted the recommendations of the Independent Commission for the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers with regard to salaries and allowances of these officials.