Development goals on track

Many sub-Saharan African countries are off-track to achieve the UN's Millennium Development Goals, but there have been pockets of success: Ghana is set to become the first country in Africa to halve poverty and hunger before 2015, while primary school enrolment in Ethiopia has increased by more than 500% since 1994, according to the Overseas Development Institute (ODI).

Consumer help: estate and rental agents

Guidelines for renting, buying or selling property through an estate or rental agent, how to protect your interests when doing so, and what you can do if things go wrong.

South Africa’s new universities named

South Africa's two new universities, to open in the Northern Cape and Mpumalanga province with a small student intake in 2014 before expanding quickly over the next decade, will be called Sol Plaatje University and the University of Mpumalanga.

SA’s human development index rising

South Africa's Human Development Index - a standard measure of determining whether a country is developed, developing or underdeveloped - is continuing on an upward trend that started in 2007 following a decade-long decline, according to the SA Institute of Race Relations.

SA company to make Airbus parts

South African aeronautical design and engineering company Aerosud has won a contract to produce aircraft sub-assemblies for the world's best-selling jetliners, the Airbus A320 family.

SA to develop mining rescue plan

South African Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu has instructed officials in her department to develop a rescue plan to ensure the long-term sustainability of the country's embattled platinum and gold mining sectors.

Lift-off for South Africa’s satellite

South Africa's low-orbit satellite, SumbandilaSat, was launched into space from Kazakhstan's Baikonur Cosmodrome last week, with Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor among those who travelled to the central asian country to witness the event.

Active citizens ‘key to Development Plan’

A key aspect of South Africa's new National Development Plan, a blueprint for creating sustainable growth and development in the country over the next two decades, is its emphasis on active citizenry, says Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola.

Soweto to get a second state hospital

Construction of Soweto’s second state hospital is back on track after being stalled for more than two years – this is welcome news for South Africa’s biggest township, whose existing healthcare system is under heavy pressure.
SA first with HIV kidney transplant

R165m fund to develop Transnet’s small suppliers

State company Transnet has partnered with the Small Enterprise Finance Agency and resources giant Anglo-American to launch a R165-million fund to help small black-owned companies become the rail utility's suppliers.