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NEWSFLASH NEWS AGENCY 9 February 6 am

Good morning,

In this bulletin:

# The national minimum wage is increased and will come into effect on 1 March
# Eskom suspends the rolling power cuts for now
# And, The Power of the Dog gets 12 Oscar nominations on the 2022 list

# The national minimum wage per hour of work that has been increased from 21-rand-69-cent to 23-rand-19-cent will come into effect on the first of next month. Minister of Employment and Labour Thulas Nxesi says the adjustment provides exceptions for farmworkers and domestic workers. Nxesi says it is illegal and unfair labour practice for an employer to change working hours or employment conditions in order to implement the wage. He says the amount payable for ordinary hours of work excludes payment of allowances such as transportation, food, lodging, tips, bonuses, and gifts.

# Eskom CEO André de Ruyter says the power utility is in a much better shape hence there will be no rolling power cuts for now. However, this is barring any unforeseen trips at its plants. Briefing the nation yesterday evening, De Ruyter says the total breakdowns amount to more than 16-thousand megawatts being lost after Camden, Kusile, Duvha, and Matla power stations all in Mpumalanga each lost a unit:

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# Vodacom will have to come up with an amount acceptable to the High Court in Pretoria next month, in the case brought by the inventor of “Please Call Me”. Nkosana Makate was an employee of the cellphone giant when he came up with the idea in 2001. The court agreed Vodacom’s offer of 47-million-rand was not near enough for what Judge Wendy Hughes describes as a brilliant invention. She found he was entitled to five-percent of the total revenue Vodacom generated from Please Call Me for the past 21 years.

# French president Emmanuel Macron says he convinced Russia’s president Vladimir Putin not to escalate in Ukraine. He made this statement during talks he held with the president of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskiy in Kyiv yesterday. However, Moscow has denied this, saying Putin made no such deal with Macron to de-escalate. Russia has assembled more than 100-thousand troops near Ukraine’s borders. Moscow has confirmed Russian troops would exit Belarus at the end of exercises taking place near Ukraine’s northern borders later this month, claiming this had always been the plan.

# Cricket: Former Proteas captain Graeme Smith will have to re-apply for his job as South Africa’s director of cricket when his contract expires at the end of March. This was confirmed by the chairperson of Cricket South Africa’s independent board, Lawson Naidoo, yesterday. Smith was appointed on a temporary basis in December 2019 and permanently in April 2020 on a two-year contract with the option of renewal for another year. Proteas head coach Mark Boucher, a former teammate of Smith’s, is also under fire for alleged racist behaviour during his playing career.

# Financial indicators: The dollar is trading at 15-rand-35-cents and the euro at 17-rand-53-cents. One British pound costs 20-rand-79-cents and Bitcoin trades at 44-thousand-29-dollar-1-cents. Gold is selling at one thousand-825-dollars-49-cents a fine ounce and Brent crude oil is quoted at 91-dollars-9-cents a barrel.

# And finally, the Oscar nominations were announced for the annual prize giving ceremony taking place on the 27th of next month. The women nominated for best leading actress are Jessica Chastain, Olivia Colman, Penélope Cruz, Nicole Kidman and Kristen Stewart. Among the men, the nominees are Javier Bardem, Benedict Cumberbatch, Andrew Garfield, Will Smith and Denzel Washington. The titles on the best picture list are Belfast, Coda, Don’t Look Up, Drive my Car, Dune, King Richard, Licorice Pizza, Nightmare Alley, West Side Story and The Power of the Dog, who was nominated in 12 categories.

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