The following are news items in South African major news outlets on Saturday.

— Tourism minister Derek Hanekom doesn’t tire of spreading the news that South Africa managed to break above the 10m mark of annual inbound tourist traffic last year, reflecting a jump of 13 percent on the previous year.

Citing the figures released by Statistics SA, the minister noted that overseas arrivals surged a “remarkable” 18 percent to 2.5m, while the African continent was source of three-quarters of inbound traffic. (Fin24)

— The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Troika summit held a meeting Friday night in Swaziland to discuss the volatile situation in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the political uncertainty in Lesotho.

SADC chairperson King Mswati III and President Jacob Zuma were joined by the SADC facilitator, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.(South African Broadcasting Corporation).

— The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) and the Department of Social Development must put all their ducks in a row now that the Constitutional Court has given them a second chance to prove themselves, Minister Bathabile Dlamini said on Friday.

Speaking on the side-lines of an SASSA event in Kempton Park near Johannesburg, Dlamini told journalists that she fully accepted the court’s decision on social grants and would adhere to its orders.(News24) Enditem

Source: Xinhua/


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