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.

Easing the way for the disabled

While the equal rights of those with disabilities are enshrined in South Africa’s Constitution, many areas are still inaccessible to disabled individuals. Now the Department of Arts and Culture is taking steps to adapt its own cultural facilities for disabled use, and allocating a R162 million budget for this purpose.

Boardgame for Gauteng schools

Many students don’t take naturally to learning, but a new fun and competitive method of teaching is set to change that.

Urban housing success story

South Africa’s growing economy has created a huge demand for housing in urban areas. A joint venture between the European Union and the department of housing has made inroads in meeting that need.

Pan South African Language Board

The Pan South African Language Board promotes multilingualism in South Africa by fostering the development of all 11 official languages, while encouraging the use of the many other languages spoken in the country.

SA fifth for governance in Africa

South Africa ranks fifth in an innovative, comprehensive new ranking of governance quality in sub-Saharan Africa. Launched in London and Cape Town in September 2007, the Ibrahim Index of African Governance assesses the 48 countries of sub-Saharan Africa against a new index that "shines a light on governance in Africa".

Cape expands free web access

Capetonians who do not own computers or who cannot afford to use internet cafés can now access both, free of charge, through the City of Cape Town's expanded Smart Cape Access Project.

Building Dreamfields for football

There is one resource that can be found in even the smallest villages of South Africa, no matter how poor - and that resource is remarkable individuals. Vhonani Mufamadi, a businessman from rural Venda, is giving back to the community that produced him by spending R750 000 on football development in his home village.

South Africa abalone fishing

South Africa bans abalone fishing

South Africa has indefinitely suspended the fishing of abalone - commonly known as perlemoen - in its waters, effective from 1 February 2008, as environmental authorities take drastic measures to protect the shellfish species from commercial extinction as a result of poaching and habitat destruction.

Penalties for UIF defaulters

The Unemployment Insurance Fund has gone fully electronic - but less than 10% of South Africa's employers have supported its move to a database system, and complied with the law, by forwarding their employees' particulars to the Fund.


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