South Africa

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says the department is ready to phase in digitised textbooks from next year.

The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation has pounced on a suspect who posed as a Hawks officer and attempted to extort R200 000 from a person mentioned in the ongoing Commission of Inquiry into State Capture.

The South African government has commended Iraqi authorities on the progress achieved in forming the national government.

The Department of Trade and Industry (dti) is expected to reach a roll-over agreement with the United Kingdom post Brexit.

High levels of debt and default risk have left Eskom in dire straits as the power utility battles to meet demand.

While condemning the destruction of property and violence in the country’s tertiary education sector, Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Higher Education and Training says the wide-ranging student demands are legitimate.

As the end of rainy season approaches, the Department of Water and Sanitation has advised people who live in areas experiencing severe thunderstorms to be careful of localised flash floods.

While there has been some improvement in generation performance, Eskom is implementing Stage 2 load shedding.

Parliament is set to schedule an urgent debate on the energy crisis amid rolling power cuts.

The Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation has welcomed the Department of Water and Sanitation’s commitment to reconsider the model of the War on Leaks programme, following challenges experienced in the last year.

Prospective candidates looking for employment in the public service will now be vetted on their use of social media and the internet.

South Africa’s efforts to curb rhino poaching continue to produce results, with 2018 figures revealing that incidents had dropped to 769, down from 1 028 in 2017.

Government and tourism stakeholders operating around the Vilakazi Precinct will tackle security issues around the internationally renowned heritage site.

The North West provincial government says it is keen to work with the wildlife sector in order to boost the economy.

The Cultural and Creative Industries Federation of South Africa (CCIFSA) will hold its National Elective Conference in March.