Simple interventions such as the introduction of Kangaroo mother care, the
promotion of immunisation programmes and school health services
have helped improve child mortality rates in South Africa’s Gauteng province, the
Health MEC Hope Papo said at the start of Reproductive Health Month.
A codeshare agreement between South African Airways and Virgin Australia, one of
Australia’s largest domestic airlines, offers passengers travelling to Perth options to
fly on to other Australian cities, SAA has announced. The agreement also offers
Australian travellers wider choices in Africa.
Amid pomp, ceremony and high glamour, South African President Jacob Zuma will present his State of the Nation Address to a joint sitting of the two houses of parliament in Cape Town, broadcast live to the people of the country, on Thursday 13 February 2014.
South Africa’s national and provincial elections – the fifth general elections since the country attained democracy in 1994 – will take place on Wednesday, 7 May, President Jacob Zuma announced on Friday. “These are historic elections, as they take place during the 20th anniversary of our freedom from apartheid bondage,” he said.
South Africa’s Independent Electoral Commission will open its 22 263 voting stations this weekend for a final registration drive which it hopes will attract 1.1-million new voters ahead of the country’s 2014 elections. There are currently 24.1-million registered voters, representing 76% of those eligible to vote.
South Africa’s move to modernise its administration of social grants, involving the live certification and re-registration of grant beneficiaries and the introduction of a biometric card payment system, is saving the country billions of rands.
Proteas coach Russell Domingo declared himself satisfied on Thursday after his charges drew a three-day practice match ahead of their first test against Australia, starting next Wednesday. A big plus for South Africa was the performance of AB de Villiers following a surgery lay-off.
Cape Town has been named South Africa’s Earth Hour Capital in recognition of the city’s actions to address climate change, and will go up against 33 finalists competing in the Earth Hour City Challenge for this year’s Global Earth Hour City title.
The Department of Trade and Industry is to team up with Indian state-owned company Coal India Limited to explore opportunities in South Africa’s mining industry value chain, following talks between the department and the company at the African Mining Indaba in Cape Town.