Nomfundo Mcetywa
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/ 28 May 2007

Minister: Social grants alleviate poverty

Social grants are one of the most effective means of alleviating poverty among children, Social Development Minister Zola Skweyiya said on Monday. Speaking in Johannesburg at a symposium on child poverty, Skweyiya said social grants had been of great help to those children who would have otherwise been subjected to extreme poverty for the rest of their lives.

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/ 3 April 2007

LOC: Red-light district proposal not discussed

The 2010 World Cup local organising committee (LOC) has not discussed police National Commissioner Jackie Selebi’s proposal to legalise prostitution and public drinking for the duration of the tournament. Speaking at a press briefing in Johannesburg on Tuesday, LOC chief executive Danny Jordaan said the committee had noted the idea but had not made any decisions.

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/ 12 March 2007

Fight poverty, Shilowa tells NCOP

The continuous decline in economic activity and jobs in the Sedibeng district municipality, which includes Vereeniging, is giving rise to poverty, Gauteng Premier Mbhazima Shilowa said on Monday. Shilowa was speaking at the opening ceremony of National Council of Provinces’ (NCOP) sitting at the Saul Tsotetsi Recreation and Sports Centre in Sebokeng.

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/ 25 February 2007

All eyes on Mbeki to find Manto stand-in

President Thabo Mbeki is busy applying his mind to the appointment of an acting health minister, said his spokesperson Mukoni Ratshitanga on Saturday. This follows the Health Department’s request to have an acting minister appointed while the incumbent Health Minister, Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, is in hospital.

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/ 1 February 2007

Cosatu gives backing to land minister

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) on Thursday welcomed Minister of Agriculture and Land Affairs Lulu Xingwana’s pledge to tackle the abuse of farm workers. ”We fully share the minister’s concern about the evictions and … the inhumane treatment and abuse of farm workers,” said Cosatu spokesperson Patrick Craven.

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/ 15 December 2006

ANCYL national conference set for 2008

The African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) announced on Friday it will hold its national conference in March 2008, at which it will elect its new leaders. President Fikile Mbalula said this is to ensure that the current executive members have an influence on the outcome of the ANC elections, where a new president will be chosen during the ANC national conference in December 2007.