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NEWSFLASH NEWS AGENCY 8 February 6 am

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In this bulletin:

# Eskom will take action against underperforming individuals at certain power stations
# A suspect was arrested in connection with the fire in St George’s Cathedral
# And, the Thulsie twins were sentenced for terrorism after a plea deal with the state

# Eskom CEO André de Ruyter says he is not satisfied with the performance of some senior executives and steps will be taken against management at certain power stations. This as the power utility was forced to implement stage two load-shedding from 9pm yesterday evening until 5am this morning in order to conserve and replenish emergency reserves. Briefing the nation yesterday evening, De Ruyter says they are working under less than ideal circumstances after having had a reasonable recovery over the weekend:

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# Police have arrested a 40-year-old man in connection with the fire at St George’s Cathedral in Cape Town. The fire broke out in the basement of the church in the early hours of Sunday morning. Dean of the cathedral, Reverend Michael Weeder, said it appeared that a lit piece of cotton was thrown through the small, barred window near the steps leading up to the cathedral’s Wale Street entrance. The police’s Andrè Traut says the suspect is expected to appear in court today:

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# Johannesburg twin brothers will spend only a maximum of five and two years in jail respectively after their terror trial ended in the High Court in the city yesterday. The Thulsie brothers entered into a plea deal with the state when the trial was to commence yesterday. Tony-Lee Thulsie was given 11 years in jail and Brandon-Lee Thulsi eight years for attempting to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State. They have already been behind bars since their arrest in July 2016, and the time served will be deducted from their sentences.

# An Eastern Cape student will be sentenced next month after being found guilty of stealing more than 800-thousand-rand from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme. Sibongile Mani of the Walter Sisulu University in 2017 erroneously received 14-million-rand in her student account. Magistrate Twanette Olivier found her guilty of theft in the East London Regional court yesterday, dismissing her argument she didn’t have the intention of depriving NSFAS of the money and didn’t realise she was committing a crime.

# Indonesia has temporarily banned foreign tourists from entering the country through Jakarta’s airport following an increase in Covid-19 infections. Indonesia has recorded more than 36-thousand cases and the bed occupancy rate at hospitals in the capital reached 63-percent. According to the director-general for Civil Aviation at the ministry of Transport, Novie Riyanto, the new regulations apply to foreign tourists and Indonesians who have travelled overseas for holidays. Police have also implemented a curfew in the centre of Jakarta, from midnight to 4 am.

# Cricket: There were victories for the Warriors and Western Province in yesterday’s first two matches of the local T20 Challenge, both played at St George Park in Qqeberha. Province first beat their neighbours from Boland, the Rocks, by six wickets. Rocks were limited to 142 for six and Province surpassed the target with four wickets down and three overs left. Then the Warriors beat the Titans by eight runs. The Warriors posted 163 for eight after Donavon Ferreira scored 52 off just 35 balls. The Titans could only reach 155 for eight.

# And the financial indicators: The dollar is trading at 15-rand-48-cents and the euro at 17-rand-72-cents. One British pound costs 20-rand-96-cents and Bitcoin trades at 44-thousand-91-dollar-1-cents. Gold is selling at one thousand-821-dollars-73-cents a fine ounce and Brent crude oil is quoted at 92-dollars-25-cents a barrel.

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