President Jacob Zuma says government is moving closer to its target of having
more women in Cabinet and the national executive. In the previous
administration, there were a number of women ministers and government is
adding to this figure.

President Jacob Zuma has announced his new cabinet. Some of the
departments had been changed, others have been combined and two new
departments have been established.

The creation of a small business ministry as well as the ministerial
appointments made by President Jacob Zuma has been welcomed by

President Jacob Zuma has announced the country's new Deputy President and the
Cabinet Ministers who will lead his second government. The President also announced
a number of changes to ministries.

With the conclusion on Saturday of South Africa?s fifth democratic elections, a
total 13 of the 29 parties that contested the 2014 elections received enough
votes to have representation in the National Assembly in Parliament

Almost 95% of the votes have been counted in the 2014 general election and
the ANC is in the lead with a massive 62% of the votes, followed by the DA
with 21% and the EFF with 6%.

The African National Congress is still leading with over two million votes as
election results continued to come in at the IEC results centre in Pretoria. Just
after 7am, the results board displayed 2 428 votes for the ANC followed by
the DA at 1 144.

The use of semiotics, data and social media in electoral campaigns; and the
adoption of this in South Africa leading up to the May elections has been
massive. Havas Southern Africa CEO Lynn Madeley explores the impact of

The country?s 22 263 voting stations will open on schedule at 7am on
Wednesday in anticipation of 25.39 million voters, who have registered to
vote, says IEC Chairperson Advocate Pansy Tlakula.

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has appealed to voters to
respect the privacy and secrecy of their vote by refraining from taking pictures
in the ballot booth and of their marked ballot papers in this week?s election.

It is all systems go as far as safety and security is concerned for the 2014
general elections that will take place on May 7, says Police Minister Nathi

"I just registered to vote so that I could Instagram it?, this quote has stuck by
me the last couple of months because something about it seems to express
the feelings of many South African born-frees.

In the run-up to the 2014 Elections politicians are pulling out all the stops and
the biggest opposition party has even gone so far as to guarantee free higher
education to South African voters.

A survey indicates that 23% of youth do not plan on voting, as the majority
feel there is no one worth voting for or that voting will not change the nation.
What does this mean for democracy?

Government has called on all South Africans, especially the youth who will be
voting for the first time, to go out in their numbers to cast their votes on 7
May in honour of the founding father of the democratic nation, former
President Nelson Mandela.

The South African Police Service (SAPS) stands ready to assist in democratic South Africa?s fifth elections. We are working flat out to prepare for the elections and I can say that we are very ready, said National Police Commissioner General Riah Phiyega.

A total of 29 parties will contest the national elections on 7 May, following
Tuesday?s deadline for parties to submit all outstanding documentation and
pay election deposits.

A total of 33 political parties have indicated their intention to contest the
upcoming general election according to the Independent Electoral Commission

Eligible voters, who missed the last voter registration weekend for the
upcoming May 7 general election, can still do so today at their respective
municipal electoral offices before the voters? roll closes at midnight.

Government has expressed its willingness to follow up on the discussion and
research around the world on the issue of the potential of decriminalising
medical marijuana.

President Jacob Zuma?s sixth State of the Nation Address was widely
welcomed on Thursday night, with several cabinet ministers saying his focus
on jobs and infrastructure gave a good account of how far the country has
come since 1994

Government will continue its focus on job creation, with the aim of creating six
million work opportunities for young people by 2019, says President Jacob

The Independent Electoral Commission's final voter registration weekend saw
more than a million new potential voters registering to vote in the general
elections on 7 May.

Motorist who usually use roads around the Parliamentary precinct are advised
to use alternative routes to avoid delays as there will be road closure due to
officials conducting rehearsals for the State of the Nation Address (SONA).

Potential voters that missed the past weekend?s final voter registration can
still do so at the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) offices located
through the country.


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