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South Africa South Africa: TV Series to Spread Vital Message of Road Safety
The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is set to air a series aimed at raising public awareness about road safety. Ingozi (an isiNguni word for ‘accident/danger’) is a 13-part 24-minute educational and informative drama series that will be aired from Sunday, 12 February until 7 May from 7:30pm till 8pm. The series was commissioned by the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC), an agency of the Department of Transport. The idea behind the series is premised on the notion that ...
South Africa South Africa: R78bn Invested in ICT Industry
Government has invested R78 billion in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry in the last three years, says Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister Siyabonga Cwele. This was according to a report by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). “The country has already started to see benefits of this accelerated investment, where the Network Readiness Index and usage improved. “This and other measures driven by our government has helped to stead ...
South Africa South Africa: Almost 3000 000 NSFAS Applications Approved
The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has approved funding for at least 291 747 students who applied for financial assistance for the 2017 academic year. Briefing the Portfolio Committee on Higher Education and Training in Parliament on Wednesday, NSFAS Board chairperson Sizwe Nxasana said the scheme expects to increase this record pool by 17 February 2017, which is the closing date for Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) college applications.
South Africa South Africa: Third AMD Treatment Plant Launched
Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has launched the Eastern Acid Mine Drainage (AMD) Treatment Plant, which ensures that the rising water levels in the abandoned Grootvlei mine do not contaminate groundwater. The Eastern Basin Plant in Springs is one of the largest of its kind in the world, treating approximately 110 mega litres per day. The plant is among the three main basins in the Witwatersrand Goldfields. These include the Western Basin in the Krugersdorp Area, Central Basin ...
South Africa South Africa: Smart Technology Revolutionises Fruit Farming
A smart application is using satellite technology to help farmers in the fruit producing areas of the Western Cape estimate how much water their crops need. The Fruitlook online application, launched in May last year, has mapped 220 000 hectares of farmland in the fruit producing area stretching from Vredendal in the west coast to Montagu/Bonnievale in the east and De Doorns in the north of the province, giving farmers accurate and reliable information on the water needs of their crops, field b ...
South Africa South Africa: Universities to Improve Access for Disabled
The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) has invested about R175.6 million to ensure that students and staff with disabilities have improved access to university facilities. The department on Tuesday said the money will be invested in infrastructure, as well as teaching and learning aids for the disabled. The multi-million rand project follows the department’s strategic decision three years ago to support all universities with funding to improve or expand facilities and infrastru ...
South Africa South Africa: Smallholder Farmers to Gain More Access to Markets
Government is planning to focus its efforts to help smallholder farmers to increase their access to markets in the year ahead. Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said this when she briefed media on the International Cooperation, Trade and Security Cluster’s plan of action for 2017. South Africa’s agricultural, forestry and fishery exports increased by 18% last year to make the country a net exporter of products in this sector.
South Africa South Africa: SA and Germany Bolster Cooperation
South Africa’s Cooperative Governance Deputy Minister Andries Nel has met with his counterpart, the Secretary of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature, Building and Nuclear. The meeting, which was held on Friday in Cape Town, was aimed at strengthening existing relations and cooperation between the two countries. “Following the South Africa–Germany Bi-National Commission (BNC), which was established in 1996, bilateral relations between the countries continued to grow st ...
South Africa South Africa: SA Marks 27 Years since Mandela’s Release
South Africa on Saturday marked the historic release of the late former President Nelson Mandela, who was released from prison on 11 February 1990. “Twenty-seven years ago, the world watched as Nelson Mandela was released from prison on 11 February 1990, twenty-seven and a half years after he was arrested on 5 August 1962. “A towering figure, his fist in the air, he emerged from the gates of Victor Verster Prison in Cape Town, signifying the end of an era and the beginning of another. Th ...
South Africa South Africa: Top Accolades for Outstanding SA Citizens
Struggle stalwarts Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and Gertrude Shope, Olympic gold medallist Caster Semenya and one of SA’s youngest innovators, Siyabulela Xuza, have received top awards at this year’s annual Ubuntu Awards. The awards, hosted by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, are held to celebrate South African citizens who play an active role in projecting a positive image of South Africa internationally through their good work. This year’s awards marked the cente ...
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