Media freedom is key to global sustainability

Quality journalism enables citizens to make informed decisions about their society's development, exposing injustice, corruption, and the abuse of power, UN bosses said in a joint statement issued to mark this year's World Press Freedom Day.

South Africa’s 4+1 plan to boost maths teachers

We need to be extremely radical in our determination to save our children, the Department of Basic Education said when it announced the implementation of its teacher development plan that is at improving the teaching of maths in South African schools.

SA backs African crisis response force

South Africa will continue to support a temporary standby force capable of responding quickly to crisis situations in Africa, State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele said as leaders continued to debate the initiative at the African Union summit in Addis Ababa on Thursday.

Gauteng freeway e-tolling set to commence

Motorists using Gauteng's freeways without e-tags will pay twice as much per kilometre when the province's e-tolling system goes live on 3 December, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters said on Wednesday, urging motorists to register for e-tags and thanking those who had already done so.

SA’s public sector wage bill ‘stabilising’

South Africa's biggest employer - the government - is committed to ensuring that the growing public sector wage bill does not threaten the country's expenditure ceiling, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said in presenting his 2013 medium term budget policy statement to Parliament.

Youth service, achievements honoured

South Africa's future is in good hands, President Jacob Zuma said as he joined Britain's Prince Edward in recognising the achievements of 130 young people from across the country at the President's Award for Youth Empowerment ceremony in Cape Town on Thursday night.

Scientist gets mine drainage patent

Professor Jannie Maree's chemical treatment process is a world-first solution to treat the global scourge of acid mine drainage, which threatens aquatic ecosystems and the water table
Working towards sustainable mining

Luggage restrictions for 2010 flights

In preparation for the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the Airports Company South Africa and domestic airlines are to implement stricter hand luggage restrictions in order to reduce flight delays at the country's three main airports.

R6bn budget boost for higher education

South Africa is to spend more on higher education over the next three years in an effort to increase the number of graduates, Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande says. Also in the pipeline are changes in the funding models for teaching development and research development grants.

SA cracks down on tax offenders

The South African Revenue Service has unveiled a string of new penalties as it moves to crack down on non-compliant taxpayers - starting with those who have repeatedly failed to submit their tax returns.