Duncan Guy

Duncan Guy

    Businessman Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday said he has no interest in joining the African National Congress presidential succession race -- this after the Sunday Times reported that Ramaphosa had joined the race. "I have no interest in standing for this position," he said in a statement.

    Parallel trials for Aids vaccines in South Africa look promising in their long road to conclusion, a press conference in Sandton heard on Friday. Indications are that vaccine trials tailored for global strains had an effect against the strain of the virus most prevalent in South Africa.

    Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang's medical records, obtained unlawfully from the Cape Town Medi-Clinic, must be returned to the institution "forthwith", the Johannesburg High Court ordered on Thursday. Delivering the order in the case between the minister and the Sunday Times, the judge also said that all the minister's medical records on journalists' laptops be deleted.

    The Constitutional Court on Tuesday reserved judgement in an application by residents of derelict inner-city buildings in Johannesburg against a Supreme Court of Appeal order in favour of their eviction. Deputy Chief Justice Moseneke urged the residents and the Johannesburg municipality to reach a settlement.

    Passengers on board the train that left Johannesburg for Cape Town on Monday will want to wrap up warmly, especially those in third class. When it passes through the Karoo railway junction town of De Aar in the small hours at about 11pm, the mercury will be on its way to plummeting down to minus eight degrees Celsius.

    The New Partnership for Africa's Development (Nepad) has ambitious plans to build a bridge across the massive Congo river, connecting the capitals of the two Congos. Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Brazzaville, capital of the Republic of Congo, are visible to one another in the distance on either side of the Stanley Pool.

    The South African Local Government Association (Salga) has come out in support of a unified public service across all three spheres of government. On Thursday, the final day of its conference in Midrand, Salga adopted a resolution in favour of a single public service for national, provincial and municipal government.

    The idea of a single public service does not seek to undermine the distinctions between local, provincial and national government, Minister of Public Service and Administration Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi said on Tuesday. She was speaking at the national conference of the South African Local Government Association in Midrand.

    Too often land for the poor is demarcated in apartheid fashion far from employment opportunities, President Thabo Mbeki told the South African Local Government Association (Salga) conference in Midrand on Monday. Mbeki also expressed concern about the high turnover of councillors in local government.

    Warders at Krugersdorp Prison told parliamentarians on Thursday their colleagues might have used excessive force when three inmates died after assaults that took place behind the walls. An oversight committee that spoke to both warders and inmates following the weekend incidents said warders were deeply sorry about what had happened.