NEWSFLASH NEWS AGENCY 10 November 4 pm
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In this bulletin:
# Senior ANC officials implicated in the UIF jobs saga will not be asked to step aside
# The Tshwane strike is finally over and services have returned to normal
# And Cricket: Allan Donald leaves Bangladesh after criticising the captain
# The ANC’s national executive committee has opted not to invoke the step-aside rule for senior leaders implicated in the UIF job saga. Thuja Capital CEO Mthunzi Mdwaba accuses Finance minister Enoch Godongwana, Higher Education minister Blade Nzimande, Employment and Labour minister Thulas Nxesi, and ANC secretary-general Fikile Mbalula of demanding a 500-million-rand gateway fee for a five-billion-rand tender deal with the UIF. ANC spokesperson Mahlengi Bhengu-Motsiri says a decision is pending regarding a potential investigation into these serious allegations:
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# The City of Tshwane has announced the resumption of all municipal services after a three-month-long unlawful strike. Essential functions, including waste collection and utilities, have returned to normal. Most backlogs have also been cleared. City manager Johann Mettler has expressed relief, citing the end of violence and property destruction. The city’s Selby Bokaba says ongoing discussions between Tshwane and municipal unions Imatu, and Samwu over salary disputes are progressing positively. Bokaba apologises for any inconvenience during the unprecedented strike:
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# All inmates in the Pollsmoor prison in Cape Town’s Medium A Section have been placed under lockdown following an outbreak of diphtheria that claimed the life of a 19-year-old. Another eight people have tested positive for the disease, described as highly contagious and potentially life-threatening. Correctional Services’ spokesperson, Delekile Klaas, says the department has informed the courts the prisoners won’t attend cases for at least the next two weeks. No staff members have been affected, but have been asked to exercise caution.
# Cricket: Former Proteas ace Allan Donald will leave his position as Bangladesh’s fast-bowling coach after the World Cup after criticising captain Shakib Al Hasan’s role in the time-out controversy. Al Hasan appealed for the wicket of Sri Lankan veteran Angelo Mathews because it took him later than the prescribed two minutes to take strike when his helmet’s strap broke. Donald said he was shocked and the incident overshadowed Bangladesh’s clinical performance. His employers weren’t happy with his public criticism, and he decided not to request an extension of his contract.
# Financial indicators: The dollar trades at 18-rand-74-cents and the euro at 20-rand-3-cents. One British pound costs 22-rand-90-cents and Bitcoin trades at 37-thousand-47-dollars-9-cents. Gold sells at one-thousand-946-dollars-23-cents a fine ounce and Brent crude oil is quoted at 80-dollars-92-cents a barrel.
# And finally: University of Cape Town professor Arnaud Malan and his team use computational fluid dynamics to support Airbus in their aircraft design. This has wide applications and potential to grow the manufacturing industry in South Africa and decarbonise the aviation industry. If passengers find themselves on an aircraft built by Airbus, chances are good that the airplane was designed using software from UCT. The group has been working on computational fluid dynamics and its application in the aerospace industry. Malan says they use applied mathematics and computational modeling to simulate aircraft design.
Stay tuned for more news………….