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Fee cuts pull call centre investors

The offer of discounted telecommunications prices has reportedly lured three foreign call centre companies to commit to investments worth R400-million that will create up to 10 000 new jobs in South Africa.

Tracking ID applications by SMS

People who apply for South African identity documents or passports - including those who applied after 9 February 2007 - can now track the progress of their application via cellphone or internet.

SA a proud nation: survey

Ninety-six percent of South Africans are now proud of their country, with white South Africans closing the patriotism gap with their black compatriots, according to the latest South African edition of the World Values Survey.

While 83% of whites described themselves as proud to be South African in the previous survey, released five years ago, that figure had now risen to 95%, the survey's authors told journalists in Pretoria on Monday.

Unsafe taxis ‘on the way out’

South Africa is making progress with its R7.7-billion taxi recapitalisation programme, with 7 000 unroadworthy minibus taxis already scrapped to make way for newer, safer vehicles.

SA a proud nation: survey

Ninety-six percent of South Africans are now proud of their country, with white South Africans closing the patriotism gap with their black compatriots, according to the latest South African edition of the World Values Survey.

Stofile: Sport an instrument to promote unity, solidarity and peace

Staging the FIFA World Cup in 2010 could leave behind a legacy of undoing the historical marginalisation of Africa from the mainstream of world football and of the economic spin-offs that flow from it.

This would need a correct and strategic approach to planning and preparing for the event, the Minister of Sport and Recreation, Rev Makhenkesi Stofile said when addressing the second 2010 National Communication Partnership conference at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg yesterday.

Elephant culling ‘a last resort’

South Africa will only consider culling its elephants as a last resort, after contraception or translocation to neighbouring countries, says the Department of Environmental Affairs.

Bill to curb smoking in SA

South Africa aims to further discourage smoking by passing the Tobacco Product Amendment Bill, which increases the age restriction for selling of tobacco from 16 to 18 years.

Pass Office now place of shelter

Once a potent symbol of the hated apartheid laws, Johannesburg's old Albert Street Pass Office is now a refuge for abused and homeless women and their children.

Bhisho Airport gets R100m boost

The airport runway at Bhisho in the Eastern Cape will be closed for the next six weeks as the airport undergoes a R100-million upgrade, as the province seeks to maximise the facility's economic potential.