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Morning Newspaper Report

The headlines of the leading newspapers on 21 February 2024:

NATIONAL:

# Business Day:

Reports on president Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement of the election date on 29 May. The paper writes the country is facing several socio-economic problems and this is expected to be the most difficult electoral test yet for the ANC.

GAUTENG:

# Beeld:

Reports five armed men strolled between the vehicles on the M1 at the Crown Interchange during rush hour yesterday morning and robbed people one by one. The police suspect they are illegal miners.

Secondly, the paper writes about the great excitement when the UFC world champion, Dricus du Plessis, visited the Constantia Park Primary School in Pretoria.

And finally, there is a snippet about prince William of Britain who is going to focus on a programme against anti-Semitism.

# The Star and Pretoria News:

Also writes about the announcement of polling day.

And reports the police will be patrolling highways after yesterday’s incident on the M1.

# Sowetan:

Reports a farm owner from Evander, William Underhay and a friend, Hermanus de la Rey have been refused bail while the police investigate the disappearance of Sthembiso Mnikathi and Buhlebekhaya Ximba who were allegedly earlier shot on the farm.

# And The Citizen:

Writes the minister of Finance, Enoch Godongwana’s biggest headache with today’s Budget Post is where he will get 600-billion-rand to fund the NHI.

FREE STATE:

# Volksblad in Bloemfontein:

Firstly reports on the ongoing Sorour murder case in the Circuit Court in Ficksburg. It was testified yesterday that the accused, Rudi Gericke, was allegedly involved in livestock theft.

Then the paper writes the murdered former CEO of Centlec, Andries Mgoqi, was apparently a whistleblower who received several death threats.

And finally, there is news about a temperature of 54-degrees that was measured in a bakkie at Noordoewer at the mouth of the Orange River.

WESTERN CAPE:

# Die Burger:

Reports it has come to light from the cadre deployment documents of the ANC that the committee even involved itself with the Constitutional Court’s rulings,

And secondly, the paper writes the body of the 80-year-old grandmother Katrina Arries of Robertson was found in thick woods by a river. She has been missing since Saturday.

# And Cape Times:

Writes about the rising unemployment rate shortly before the National Budget.

And reports on Transnet’s reasons why the ship with 19-thousand cattle on board was allowed in the Cape Town harbour.

EASTERN CAPE:

# The Herald in Gqeberha:

Reports the Eastern Cape once again recorded the highest unemployment rate in South Africa. It now stands at 41.9-percent.

And secondly, the paper writes that the Diocesan School for Girls and St Andrew’s College are shocked after a part-time music teacher was suspended over allegations of a sexual nature.

KWAZULU-NATAL:

# Daily News in Durban:

Writes there is an investigation into alleged misappropriation of relief funds by the KwaDukuza Municipality after the Auditor-General questioned the spending of 1.2-billion-rand.

And finally from NAMIBIA:

# Republikein in Windhoek:

Reports Namibians are stranded at the Bole Addis Ababa Airport in Ethiopia due to the Lufthansa strike in Germany.

And writes February has so far been characterised by extremely high temperatures and little rain.