South Africa

Maputo - The political situation in Zimbabwe is likely to feature prominently during the two-day Southern African Development Community (SADC) Heads of State Summit which kicks off in Maputo, Mozambique on Friday.

Pretoria - State oil company, PetroSA, and Indian oil and gas exploration company Cairn India Group on Thursday signed a farm-in agreement for crude oil and natural gas exploration in the Orange Basin on the west coast of South Africa.

Mbombela - People living in South Africa, Swaziland and Mozambique can expect more mild earthquakes as water settles in Maguga Dam in northern Swaziland.

Johannesburg - Special Advisor of the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC), Nono Simelela, has called on Non-Profit Organisations (NPOs) to work with government in order to realise the 30-year vision of zero new HIV infections.

Johannesburg - Energy Minister Dipuo Peters on Thursday said she was considering a second determination that would provide additional megawatts in the renewable energy space.

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma is alarmed and deeply saddened at the manner in which a dispute at the industrial level at the Lonmin mine in Rustenburg has degenerated leading to the tragic loss of lives.

Maputo - The Southern African Development Community (SADC) 32nd Heads of State Summit got underway in Maputo, Mozambique on Friday amid strong calls for the adoption of an all-inclusive plan to address infrastructure backlogs in the region.

Pretoria - The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has recalled its members who were put on special leave after the members' illegal protest at the Union Buildings in 2009.

Pretoria - Francois Beukman, the Executive Director of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID), has tendered his resignation to pursue other interests, the Police Ministry says.

Pretoria - Eskom has restored power to all customers in KwaZulu-Natal that had no electricity as a result of severe weather conditions.

Pretoria - More needs to be done to empower women in the informal sector and it is necessary to establish an economic development agency for women, says Trade and Industry (dti) Deputy Minister Elizabeth Thabethe.

Pretoria - The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) has announced a delay in the publication of the new Guideline Tariffs for medical and dental services.

Pretoria - Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa has sent his heartfelt condolences to the families, relatives and friends of those who lost their lives during the protest at Lonmin mine in Rustenburg on Thursday.

Cape Town - A multi-pronged approach, rather than one single measure, is needed to tackle youth unemployment, the Minister of Economic Development Ebrahim Patel said on Thursday, during a noisy and lively debate in Parliament on the youth wage subsidy.

Pretoria - North West Premier Thandi Modise has expressed condolences to the families of the mine workers that lost their lives during an incident at the Lonmin Mine in Marikana in Rustenburg on Thursday.


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