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The government is to pay one-off grants to individuals identified by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission as deserving reparation for suffering under apartheid - payments that have been described as "in a very real sense cheap" when viewed against the "incalculable" contribution such people made to a free and stable South Africa.
Nine months into financial year 2002/03 and governments provincial spending is said to be on track, with provinces having already spent R104.5-billion, or 71.1%, of their total budgets, according to the Third Quarterly Expenditure and Revenue Report.
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.
Blue IQ, a multi-billion rand initiative by the Gauteng provincial government to invest in economic infrastructure development in targeted mega-projects, could create over 100 000 jobs and generate in the region of R100-billion worth of investment over the next 10 years.
Don't get ripped off by your home builder or renovator, or by an electrical or other contractor.
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