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Erika De Beer

Youth survey asks the hard questions

More than eight percent of 10 699 pupils in grade 8 to 11 who participated in a nationwide survey reported having forced someone to have sex with them. There was no significant difference in the prevalence among boys and girls, according to the first Youth Risk Behaviour Survey, which was released in Pretoria on Tuesday.

IEC: Youth voting apathy is a myth

Nearly 60% of the 1,4-million South Africans who registered as voters for the first time during the past weekend were between 18 and 25 years old, the Independent Electoral Commission said on Friday. About 43% of the new registrations during the weekend's registration drive occurred in rural areas.

State wants to ‘bend the rules’ to convict Basson

The State wants the Constitutional Court ''to bend the rules'' in order to secure a conviction of Dr Wouter Basson, his counsel said on Wednesday. The Pretoria High Court had found Basson, a chemical and biological warfare expert of the apartheid government, not guilty on all charges against him, Jaap Cilliers, SC, said.

State ‘can’t appeal quashing of Basson charges

The state has forfeited its right to appeal against the quashing of certain charges -- of conspiring to murder people abroad -- against apartheid chemical and biological warfare expert Dr Wouter Basson, the Constitutional Court heard on Wednesday.

Pretoria’s croc could be a kidnap victim

The crocodile playing Loch Ness monster in the Hennops River, west of Pretoria, might have been kidnapped, or else it was an escapee, an expert said on Wednesday. He believes Charlie, as the croc has been named, escaped from a crocodile farm or was removed from his natural environment as a baby crocodile.

Charter addresses financial services for poor

Eighty percent of the poorest people in South Africa should have effective access to financial services by 2008, according to the Financial Sector Charter, which was released on Friday. These include savings and transaction services, says the charter, which was handed to Minister of Finance Trevor Manuel.

‘It’s wrong to say Afrikaners cannot stand together’

Conservative Party leader Ferdi Hartzenberg prefers not to dwell on the demise of his party two decades after it burst on to the political scene of apartheid South Africa with gusto. Over the weekend, the party joined forces with the Freedom Front and the Afrikaner Unity Movement to become the FF+.

Empowerment will create a more viable SA economy

To argue whether or not black economic empowerment (BEE) would benefit an elite group was a non-debate, Trade and Industry Minister Alec Erwin said on Saturday. The issue was broad-based empowerment, he told reporters after a two-day meeting of the presidential black business group in Pretoria.

We sink or swim together: Mbeki

President Thabo Mbeki is to ask the government for money to help women to play their role in the transformation of Africa.

Bad roads are ‘costing South Africa billions’

Poor road conditions added an estimated R3,8-billion to transport costs in South Africa annually, the SA National Consumer Union heard on Friday.

Meet Futhi, Africa’s first cloned animal

Africa's first cloned animal, a two-and-a-half-week-old calf, was introduced to the media near Brits in the North-West on Wednesday.

Bush is judge, jury and executioner: Pretoria mayor

The war on Iraq, being based on greed, could not be condemned enough, Tshwane mayor Smangaliso Mkhatshwa said on Thursday night. ''The perpetrators of this war even have the guts, the arrogance not only to destroy cities and human beings, but have already budgeted certain amounts to rebuild Iraq to their own design,'' he told about 150 people at an anti-war protest outside the United States embassy in Pretoria.

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