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Keeping it brief

Free State 

The province's Education Department started a plan in February to help Grade 10 and 11 learners to prepare themselves better for the matric exams. The goal is to raise the province's matric pass rate to 85 per cent. 

- BuaNews

Western Cape 

In February, a group of 70 prisoners from the Pollsmoor and Malmesbury correctional centres wrote examinations in the first computer skills programme for prisoners in South Africa. It was made possible by the Shuttleworth Foundation, which donated 50 computers to these correctional centres. Courses will also be offered at other correctional centres countrywide. 

- BuaNews


Three coal-fired power stations in the province that have been out of service since 1990, will be put into use again to help meet electricity needs. They are Camden and Grootvlei power stations, and the Komati power plant. 

- BuaNews


The provincial Department of Local Government and Housing set up a call centre and anti-fraud hotline to help the public report corruption and fraud in the department. People can also contact the centre to make enquiries and get updated information on their housing applications. 

- BuaNews

North West 

The use of condoms is an important part of government's HIV and AIDS prevention plan, said Health Minister, Manto Tshabalala Msimang in Madibeng recently. She said the number of condoms for men distributed by government each month will be increased from 32 million to 40 million. 

- BuaNews

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