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- The Central African Republic (CAR) government in conjunction with the French Foreign Affairs ministry, plans to set up three community-based internet centres in CAR provinces, official sources said in Bangui last Saturday.

- Arrive Alive and the transport department have turned to technology to minimise road accidents this Easter. The campaign is set to cost the department R6.29 million. As part of this year's campaign, traffic police cars countrywide have been fitted with video cameras, tracking systems, breathalysers and scanners. These scanners will read the barcode on licence disks and drivers' licences and feed the information to the National Traffic Information System. The department has identified the 86 most hazardous sections of road countrywide, covering a combined distance of 10 730km. Eighty patrol cars have been set up to guard the traffic at these points, of which 18 will be shared between Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal. "The current level of road law enforcement on SA's roads is not effective in curbing the continuing, general high level of lawlessness and the increasing number of road traffic crashes and resulting fatalities and injuries," says Transport Minister Jeff Radebe.

- Angola's Justice minister, Manuel Aragao, this week travelled to Ndalatando, Capital city of northern Malanje province, to inaugurate new computerized identity card system there. Manuel Aragao told Angop that his sector intends to cover all the country this year as with Kwanza-Norte, only northern Malanje province is left. According to the National Board of Identification, until December 2004, only two million Angolan citizens had computerized Identity Card, whereas six million had the old one.