South Africa

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma will today visit the Marikana area where 34 people were killed in clashes with police last week.

Cape Town - KwaZulu-Natal experienced the largest drop in murders in South Africa in terms of murder cases, but still accounts for over one in five murders in the country.

East London - Eastern Cape Premier Noxolo Kiviet has urged government to embrace the concept of innovation in the public service to improve service delivery.

Pretoria - National Science Week celebrations, led by the Department of Science and Technology, will kick off next week with a number of opportunities available for the public to participate.

Johannesburg - The Opposition to Urban Tolling Association (OUTA) has expressed concern that the voices of Gauteng road users were not heard in the Constitutional Court today.

Pretoria - The Monetary Policy Committee has kept the repo rate unchanged at 5% in line with market expectation, Reserve Bank Governor Gill Marcus said on Thursday.

Pretoria - In a bid to curb maternal and child mortality, North West Health MEC Dr Magome Masike will on Friday launch the Campaign for Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Africa (CARMMA).

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma has congratulated the newly sworn in Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.

Cape Town - Corrupt individuals can run but cannot hide, the Minister of Public Works Thulas Nxesi warned today, while detailing his department's ongoing efforts to bring corrupt officials and contractors to book.

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma says he is aware that the introduction of the Legal Practice Bill has elicited robust and fierce public debates within the legal profession.

Pretoria - The Head of the Gauteng Department of Education, Boy Ngobeni, will be establishing an independent investigation into circumstances surrounding the death of a learner at a school.

Pretoria - Parliament has welcomed the multi-year wage agreement signed by government and public service unions last month.

Pretoria - Government has announced that President Jacob Zuma will today sign the regulations detailing the work of the Commission of Inquiry set up to probe the tragic events at Lonmin platinum mine in Marikana, North West.

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma this afternoon once again visited Lonmin mines in Marikana near Rustenburg, where he listened to the striking mine workers, some of whose colleagues were tragically killed in the violent clashes with police in last week.

Pretoria - Government has established an information support call centre for the families and dependents of those who lost their lives in the Marikana tragedy.