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DRC needs 40 000 sleeping bags before poll

Deputy Defence Minister Mluleki George said on Thursday he would try to determine what resources South Africa can commit to help secure the landmark election in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). On Wednesday the DRC's Defence Minister, Adolphe Onusumba, presented a long list of needs for the country's defence force.

DRC minister frets about European troops

The deployment of European troops in the Democratic Republic of Congo should not create an impression that Africa had failed to secure the coming elections in the country, South African Deputy Defence Minister Mluleki George said on Wednesday.

Sex, racism and Tony Leon in hoax e-mails

Sexual relations between the president and women Cabinet ministers, opposition leader Tony Leon being for the ''white man struggle'', and racist talks between Scorpions investigators are all part of the National Intelligence Agency's hoax e-mail saga. On Thursday, the inspector general of intelligence declared the e-mails to be false.

Order restored after violent strikes

Protesting security guards in Pretoria began to disperse on Thursday afternoon after their strike turned violent earlier, with a security vehicle set alight and rubbish strewn in the inner city. At one stage police fired rubber bullets at the protesting guards in an effort to calm the situation.

Manto announces new medicine dispensing fees

Savings of between 13% and 15% on medicines are on the cards if the draft regulations for pharmacies' dispensing fees announced on Thursday are approved. Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang announced the draft dispensing fees, which would be on a sliding scale.

Mbeki: ‘Councillors don’t work for themselves’

Even if there is a problem at midnight, people should be able to go to their councillors' houses and wake them up to sort it out, President Thabo Mbeki told supporters at an African National Congress election rally in Soshanguve, north of Pretoria, on Monday.

‘Mr President, you’ve cured me of my stroke’

It is not every day that the president visits your house, but for Sandra and Beauty Maluleka the moment was so big they believe he ''cured'' Beauty's sickness. President Thabo Mbeki was electioneering in Soshanguve, north of Pretoria, where introduced voters to the African National Congress candidates in their wards.

Top matrics rewarded by Mbeki

''I thought the president was a bit taller,'' one of the 18 recipients of a university scholarship from President Thabo Mbeki said on Friday. This was Akwaowo Akpabio's only disappointment on a day where he received a laptop and a full scholarship covering the cost of his tuition, books and accommodation for the year.

SA economy ‘can grow much faster’

The South African economy is capable of growing much faster than it has in the past, a panel of experts told a group of government ministers in Pretoria on Thursday. The panel comprised economic and political experts from Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of London.

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