NEWSFLASH NEWS AGENCY 17 November 5 pm
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In this bulletin:
# Two men are arrested in Gauteng for the break-in at Saru House in Cape Town
# KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo see a significant drop in the murder rates
# And Motorsport: Ferrari sets the pace on the first day of the Las Vegas Grand Prix
# Gauteng police have arrested two men in connection with this week’s burglary at SA Rugby’s head office in Cape Town in which five signed rugby jerseys, whiskey and laptops were stolen. The burglars gained entry through a ground-floor window of Saru House in Plattekloof. In CCTV footage shared on social media, the two men can be seen walking around the building. One of them later handled the replica of the Webb Ellis trophy, but left it. The two men will appear in a Cape Town court once charged.
# Police minister Bheki Cele says it remains encouraging that KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo reported double-digit percentage decreases in their murder rates. This is despite KwaZulu-Natal experiencing numerous mass shootings, claiming three or more lives at a time. However, there are increases in murder rates in Mpumalanga, Gauteng, the Western Cape, Free State, and North West. Briefing the media on the second quarter crime statistics, Cele expressed concern the figures indicate many women and children are not safe around people they know and trust:
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# The case of former South African Airways board chairperson, Dudu Myeni, and Sondolo IT executive, Eric Mathenjwa, has been postponed to 9 February next year at the Richards Bay Magistrate’s Court. The case centers around an alleged 300-thousand-rand fraud and corruption matter linked to BOSASA. The Zondo report implicates Myeni in facilitating corruption and influencing former president Jacob Zuma to favor BOSASA. Both Myeni and Mathenjwa remain out on ten-thousand-rand bail each. NPA spokesperson Sindisiwe Seboka confirmed that they have received the necessary dockets:
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# France and Kenya have joined forces to advocate an international taxation taskforce at Cop28, aimed at securing new levies to fund climate action initiatives. Presidents William Ruto of Kenya and Emmanuel Macron of France lead this collaborative effort. Climate Home reports that the taskforce will explore levies on shipping, aviation, financial transactions, and fossil fuels. Advanced discussions are underway to expand the coalition in Dubai, with the objective of reaching consensus on specific proposals by COP30.
# Motorsport: Drama on the first day of the Las Vegas Grand Prix. The first session was called off after just nine minutes, when Carlos Sainz’s Ferrari hit a loose manhole cover, badly damaging his car. The second session started two and a half hours later, with Ferrari setting the pace. Charles Leclerc was half a second quicker than Sainz with Aston Martin’s Fernando Alonso third fastest. To add insult to injury, Sainz has also received a 10-place grid penalty, because the new battery needed to replace the one damaged in his crash was outside his permitted allocation.
# And the financial indicators: The dollar trades at 18-rand-34-cents and the euro at 19-rand-95-cents. One British pound costs 22-rand-79-cents and Bitcoin trades at 36-thousand-426-dollars-7-cents. Gold sells at one-thousand-989-dollars-88-cents a fine ounce and Brent crude oil is quoted at 78-dollars-71-cents a barrel.
Stay tuned for more news………….