R2bn to fight hunger

Batlharos – Government has made available R2 billion to support Fetsa Tlala (End Hunger), government’s Integrated Food Production Initiative aimed at producing enough food to meet the population’s needs. The announcement was made by President Jacob Zuma on Thursday while officially launching Fetsa Tlala in Batlharos outside...

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Education dept has delivered

The Department of Basic Education says it rejects “in the strongest terms” claims that it has failed to deliver on its mandate. In a statement on Tuesday, the department said since its creation in 2009, it has made progress in many areas that have seen an improvement in the system, including the Accelerated School Infrastructure...

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University attendance low among blacks

University attendance for black South Africans remains low, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) said on Wednesday. “Blacks don’t participate in universities to the same extent as whites and Indians. There’s just a too small number of blacks,” Statistician General Pali Lehohla said at the release of the 2013 General Household Survey...

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Treatment Plants Fail To Meet Standards

Nearly half of Ireland’s wastewater treatment plants serving urban centres are failing to achieve national and EU standards, according to a new report released today by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Commenting on the report Mr. Gerard O’Leary, Programme Manager, in the EPA’s Office of Environmental...

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Abortion Advice Scandal

  There were widespread calls in the Seanad on Wednesday for Health Minister James Reilly and Justice Minister Alan Shatter to answer questions on revelations that state-funded agencies, as well as employees of the Health Service Executive (HSE), had been giving women illegal and potentially life-threatening advice in relation...

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