(Writes through) By Nicholas Kotch PRETORIA, July 29 (Reuters) - South Africa's President Thabo Mbeki placed improving the lives of the rural poor at the top of his pre-election agenda on Tuesday and backed the case for lower interest rates to spur economic growth. In a wide-ranging news conference, Mbeki hailed "massive progress" across many fronts since the end of the apartheid era of racial discrimination in 1994. He signalled a head-on government offensive to tackle deeply ...
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