The deputy president of the African National Congress, Kgalema Motlanthe, has been elected President of South Africa, a position he will hold until the country's next elections in 2009.
Thabo Mbeki has formally resigned as President of South Africa, after being asked to do so by the national executive committee of the ruling African National Congress (ANC), which is expected to announce its candidate for Acting President within the next few days.
Outgoing President Thabo Mbeki has thanked South Africans for giving him the opportunity to serve them over the past 14 years, saying he was confident that the incoming administration would build on the work done since 1994 to improve the lives of all South Africans.
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.
South Africa has a vibrant multiparty political system, with 13 parties represented in the National Assembly of Parliament. Brand South Africa reporter The African National Congress...
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.
Housing is at the forefront of the national agenda for delivery and the government is taking overall responsibility for providing houses to all.
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