South Africa

Pretoria - Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has called for a strict sentence to be imposed on rhino poaching kingpin and Thai national, Chumlong Lemtongthai.

Pretoria - Expenditure by South African households has increased by 24.6% between the years of 2005/2006 and 2010/2011, the Income and Expenditure Survey (IES) of 2010/2011 has found.

Pretoria - Higher Education South Africa (HESA) has welcomed the Budget Vote delivered by Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande in Parliament on Tuesday, saying it commits to on-going funding to enhance the capabilities and capacities of public universities.

Cape Town - South Africa's depleted abalone stocks will not recover unless illegal fishing is reduced dramatically.

Pretoria - Reserve Bank Governor Gill Marcus on Tuesday became the first person to use the country's new bank notes bearing the face of former President Nelson Mandela at a Pretoria green grocer.

Pretoria - Bafana Bafana will play Norway in an international friendly at the Green Point Stadium in Cape Town on 8 January 2013.

Pretoria - South Africa will kick off the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) Week celebrations at Freedom Park in Pretoria on Wednesday with a prayer session for the successful hosting of the 2013 tournament.

Pretoria - Banyana Banyana will be out to record their first ever win over Nigeria when the two African women's football powers meet in the semi-final of the 2012 CAF African Women Championship.

Cape Town - Ahead of the Freedom Day celebrations on Friday, the Department of Arts and Culture revealed that it would launch three new museums and a heritage centre this year to honour the memory and history of those that fought for freedom.

Johannesburg - South African business leaders have endorsed Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane as a visionary in the public sector.

Johannesburg - The National Rural Youth Service Corps (Narysec) is the future of rural development in South Africa, says Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti.

Pretoria - Consumers will not be pleased by the announcement by the Energy Department on Wednesday that the petrol price is to increase by 28 cents a litre.

Pretoria - Public Service and Administration Minister Roy Padayachie has reiterated government's commitment to implementing an effective and efficient public service.

Pretoria - Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele has encouraged motorists in Gauteng to cooperate ahead of the implementation of the freeway e-toll system, which goes live on 30 April.

Pretoria - Since the beginning of the year, a total of 227 rhinos have been lost to illegal killings.