South Africa provides an update on South Africa's Draft Interception and Monitoring Bill. It contains in-depth background material as well as the latest press release. If you are interested in online privacy and security, take a look.

South African President Thabo Mbeki has been challenged to declare the Aids epidemic a national emergency.

Social Development Minister Zola Skweyiya has been focussing on community projects that improve the living conditions and survival chances of vulnerable and orphaned children.

The South African government has ruled out any military support in the "medium or long term" to the US government to capture those responsible for the terror attacks in that country last week, but has pledged to help in other ways.

A long term collaboration between the governments of South Africa and Lesotho to protect the biodiversity of the Drakensberg and Maloti Mountains received a boost last week when the World Bank approved grant funding worth $15.24 million for the five year Maloti-Drakensberg Transfrontier Conservation and Development Project.