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Zille slams rejection of white doctors

News that three highly qualified medical doctors nominated for posts in two under-staffed public hospitals have been rejected by the Western Cape provincial health department -- because they are white -- has been slammed by Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Helen Zille.

Sandra Botha to lead DA in Parliament

Sandra Botha has beaten her rival, former National Party minister Tertius Delport, for the post of leader of the opposition in the National Assembly. Finance spokesperson Ian Davidson was elected unopposed for chief whip after KwaZulu-Natal leader Mike Ellis withdrew from the contest.

ANC retains Western Cape seat, loses by-election

The African National Congress (ANC) has retained a key seat in a municipal by-election in the Theewaterskloof municipal area while it lost a seat to an independent in the Western Cape's Saldanha Bay. The independent candidate was backed by the Independent Democrats and Democratic Alliance.

Minister welcomes Sasol’s interest in reactor

Interest shown by synthetic-fuel firm Sasol in the pebble-bed modular reactor is evidence of private-sector interest in nuclear power, Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin argued on Tuesday. He was speaking in his policy debate in the National Council of Provinces.

Mbeki calls for patriotic public service

South Africa must do much more to train and create a public service that meets the highest professional standards and ''that is proud of the fact that it exists to serve the people'', President Thabo Mbeki said on Friday. While he does not refer to the upcoming national strike, he clearly has this in mind when he refers to the need for public servants to be ''patriotic and selfless''.

Zille not surprised by rejection of APRM report

The rejection of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) report by South Africa has come as no surprise as it is consistent with the government's "depressing habit" of shooting the bearer of bad news, says official opposition Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille.

State company could cut broadband prices sharply

MPs serving on the National Assembly public enterprises portfolio committee have been told that the establishment of a new state-owned company, Infraco, would allow for massively reduced costs of access to broadband in future. If the Infraco model were adopted, it could cut prices immediately by 65%.

Minister dismisses changes to labour laws

The legislative framework underpinning South Africa's labour market "is sound" and shall not be altered, South African Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana said on Tuesday. He was speaking in his budget vote in an extended public committee in the National Assembly.

ANC members urged to live healthy lifestyles

South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) is urging its members to live a healthy lifestyle, which should include ''at least 30 minutes'' of exercise a day. In a document released ahead of the December national conference, entitled Policy Discussion Documents, the ruling party devotes a section to ''healthy lifestyles''.

Troubled traffic system ‘back on track’ for registration

The troubled new electronic national traffic information system was back online for vehicle registration from 8am on Tuesday morning, Transport Minister Jeff Radebe said later in the day. The problem with vehicle registration ''has not gone without being noticed'', he said.

Mbeki lauds high level of patriotism

The overwhelming majority of South Africans are proud to be South African and these people also believe in democracy, President Thabo Mbeki said on Friday. Addressing a summit of the National Council of Provinces, Mbeki noted that a recent survey conducted by Markinor and the University of Stellenbosch found that 95% of citizens were proud to be South Africans.

Leon: It’s been a wonderful journey

Outgoing official opposition Democratic Alliance leader Tony Leon bid farewell in his final internet column, <i>SA Today</i>, which since its launch in February 2003 has focused largely on the state of democracy, including critiques of the ruling African National Congress and its governance.

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