South Africa’s miracle health train

The world's only primary healthcare train travels South Africa for nine months every year, offering vital health services to more than 45 000 people annually.

Social grants making an impact

Social grants making an impact

While income equality remains high in South Africa, the latest figures from Statistics SA show that black households' share of consumption expenditure has risen, and that the government's social security programmes are having a "significant impact" on inequality in the country.

‘Africa’s advocate’ Sarkozy in SA

French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who has committed his country to being Africa’s advocate in the EU, is on a two-day visit to South Africa to sign a number of important agreements.

Elephant culling a ‘last resort’

While culling is included in new measures to control South Africa’s exploding elephant population, there would be no “wholesale slaughter” - it will only be the last resort after a comprehensive range of options have been exhausted.

Down-to-earth garden aids needy

Once a neglected dumpsite, the Siyakhana food garden has blossomed to play a vital role in meeting the nutritional needs of a handful of non-profit organisations that care for growing children as well as adults living with HIV/Aids.

‘Business unusual’ for SA: Mbeki

With the theme of "business unusual", President Thabo Mbeki's annual State of the Nation Address expressed his assurance that South Africa remains on the path of progress and prosperity, with the government committed to its promise of “a better life for all” by implementing its social development programmes in more imaginative and effective ways.

Major plans to combat illiteracy

Extensive plans are underway to overhaul the library sector in South Africa, as well as eradicate illiteracy among the country's uneducated. Government has already committed more than a billion Rand to various projects.

Soweto housing market soars

Developments in Soweto and improved perceptions of the township have provided the catalyst for the property boom the area is currently experiencing.

Delivering better city services

South Africa’s top-performing municipalities were recognised and honoured at the annual Vuna Awards ceremony held in December 2007.

Changed prisoners inspire kids

Three Johannesburg prisoners who openly admit to have made wrong decisions earlier in life are now dedicated to inspiring school children to live a crime –free life.

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