Over 20 million South Africans are on the National Common Voters' Roll to be used in the 2004 elections, with over 4 million eligible to vote for the first time. 54% of the country's eligible voters are women, 44% are younger than 35, and 64% live in urban areas.
South Africa has set up a medical research unit to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of traditional African medicines, to develop new remedies for chronic conditions, to safeguard indigenous knowledge, and to provide consumer information and protection.
South Africa's health minister has appointed a Medicines Pricing Committee to help shape a more transparent pricing system for medicines in the country.
South Africa and Namibia have signed a treaty establishing one of the largest conservation parks in southern Africa, spanning over 5 000 square kilometres and featuring the world's second-largest canyon, spectacular desert scenery, and one of the most species-rich arid zones in the world.
Pharmaceutical manufacturers are on a drive to raise awareness around the benefits of using generic medicines, which could greatly reduce health care costs in the country.
A revolutionary financial system set to be introduced by the department of justice will allow divorced women to draw their maintenance money from automatic teller machines installed at magistrates courts throughout South Africa.
A creative initiative called Dance for All is giving underprivileged children in the Western Cape a constructive outlet after school. Not only are the kids having fun learning to dance, they're also being provided with valuable opportunities for employment in the performing arts.
The SA Revenue Service is urging South Africans earning over R60 000 a year to submit their income tax returns before July 11 - and has simplified the process by issuing a new, user-friendly form.
The government has launched a set of guidelines advising employers on how to handle HIV/Aids in a way that will improve productivity and uplift the morale of infected and affected workers.
A series of books for children on 10 of South Africas prominent freedom fighters is not only a wonderful classroom resource but a good place to start for anyone in search of introductory information on the struggle against apartheid.