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President Mbeki visits Chile towards the continent's growth and Dictionaries for all
President Thabo Mbeki payed a State Visit to development. Finance Minister Trevor There are now bilingual dictionaries for all of
Chile where he and President Ricardo Escobar Manuel said South Africa's responsibilities to South Africa’s official languages. Electronic
discussed cooperation on advancing the keep peace on the continent would be eased dictionaries (e-dictionaries) will soon be
developmental agenda of the South, the by the sharing of this obligation. Funds could available for schools to download. Earlier,
institutionalisation of the African Union (AU), be channeled towards building Africa's health Education Minister Naledi Pandor announced
and reform of UN institutions. systems, infrastructure and economies to that African languages are to be made
reach the Millennium Development Goals compulsory subjects in schools.
Interest rate remains at 10.5 percent (MDGs).
The South African Reserve Bank has left the Inmates Rejoin their Communities
repo rate unchanged at 7 percent, keeping the US supports efforts on HIV and AIDS More than 3000 inmates were released from
prime interest rate steady at 10.5 percent. The US government supports South Africa's various prisons countrywide as part of
Governor Tito Mboweni, delivering its June Comprehensive Plan for the Management, government's remission of sentences
Monetary Policy Committee statement, said Care and Treatment of HIV and AIDS. programme. Those who were released
the bank was not changing its focus on Addressing the media at the start of a South included women, women with children and
inflation targeting. Indications were that African AIDS Conference, US Ambassador juveniles. The remission does not apply to
inflation would remain in the targeted range Dr Jendayi Frazer, said her government was awaiting-trial detainees, or those who are
of 3-6 percent, but it was expected that the pleased to see the strides that had been made facing further charges. Prisoners who have
CPIX could peak in the first quarter of 2006 at by the SA government in its attempts to fight been convicted for economic, or non-violent
a slightly higher level than previously AIDS. Dr Frazer revealed that the US crimes or "crimes of need" had their sentences
forecast. government had spent USD 89 million on reduced by a further 14 months.
HIV-related programmes in South Africa
SA participating in anti-corruption forum during 2004. Massive Budget To Make Gauteng Safer
Public Service and Administration Minister The departmental budget tabled by Gauteng
Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi lead a high level Science and technology agreement signed Community Safety MEC, Firoz Cachalia, at
delegation from South Africa at the Fourth Science and Technology Minister Mosibudi the Provincial Legislature showed a
Global Forum on Fighting Corruption. South Mangena and his Lesotho's counterpart noticeable increase from R39 million of the
Africa was a member of the International Motsoahae Thabane have signed an previous year to R182 million in the current
Organising Committee that assisted the agreement to strengthen bilateral relations. financial year. Mr Chakalia explained that
Government of Brazil to organise Global The agreement provides for further much of this increase would be towards
Forum IV. South Africa will host the next engagement in areas of public understanding improving policing and strengthening of road
meeting of Global Forum in 2007. of science, engineering and technology; safety in the province of Gauteng.
biotechnology, indigenous knowledge and
SA briefs China on its UN reform position technology incubation. Rural schools benefit from donations
Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister Sue van der Children at three rural Limpopo-province
Merwe has held discussions with her Chinese Biosphere to draw world's attention schools will find it easier to learn science after
counterpart Lu and briefed him on South The Kruger to Canyons (K2C) Biosphere a huge donation of laboratory equipment by
Africa's position on the current UN reform Reserve will be officially launched on Friday, the South African Bureau of Standards
debate. That is support for the common drawing international focus to the stretch of (SABS). SABS has donated lab equipment
African position that would like to see the land between the Blyde River Canyon and worth R807 000 to the three Limpopo
UNSC membership increased to include two Kruger National Park. The K2C Biosphere schools, as well as three schools in North
permanent seats for Africa. The Chinese Reserve is an area designated by UNESCO as West. The schools fall in areas identified by
delegation's visit was part of a broader an International Man and Biosphere Reserve. President Thabo Mbeki as needing urgent
mission to engage African countries on this Biosphere reserves are designated regions development.
question. throughout the world where internationally
important protected areas lie adjacent to Sasol, trade unions to ensure worker safety
UN affirms efforts to reach MDGs human settlements. Sasol management and leaders of three trade
UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said that unions active in the industry signed a
2005 would be crucial for world leaders to Russian scientists would be welcome in SA "historic" Safety Charter in Johannesburg,
achieve the Millennium Development Goals A visit to South Africa by Russian scientists committing to improving safety at Sasol's
(MDGs). Mr. Annan noted that the MDGs will be most welcomed, as it will assist this operations. This comes against the
progress report for 2005 indicated that, while country in its bid to host the Square Kilometre background of a series of accidents that have
there had been a massive, unprecedented Array Radio Telescope (SKA), Home Affairs claimed many lives and injured many at some
reduction of poverty worldwide since 1990, Deputy Minister Malusi Gigaba said. of Sasol's plants in the country.
the poorest were still getting poorer in sub- Government is offering to host the SKA radio
Saharan Africa. telescope project, which will function both as Extracts do not necessarily reflect the
a fully operational scientific instrument and as view of the South African Government.
Debt relief could enhance AU-initiatives a technology demonstrator. The SKA will For more information on any of the
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