Kgalema Motlanthe elected President

Motlanthe to ‘serve with humility’

New South African president Kgalema Motlanthe has assured the country that he will carry out his duties as president with "dignity, commitment and humility". He added that he was aware of the duties and responsibilities that came with holding such high office, as well as the expectations of the people of South Africa.
South Africa's new Cabinet

South Africa’s new Cabinet

South African President-elect Kgalema Motlanthe announced his new Cabinet on Thursday, retaining the majority of ministers who served under the previous administration - including Finance Minister Trevor Manuel - while appointing Speaker of Parliament Baleka Mbete as the country's new Deputy President.
Kgalema Motlanthe elected President

Kgalema Motlanthe elected President

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.
We bow our heads in shame: Mbeki

Thabo Mbeki resigns as President

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.
Thank you

Thank you, South Africa: Mbeki

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.
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.

South Africa’s political parties

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...

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.
Department of Human Settlements

Houses for everyone

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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