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Tue 16th Nov 2021
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NEWSFLASH NEWS AGENCY 16 November 6 am

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In this bulletin:

# President Cyril Ramaphosa encourages Africa to embrace the beginning of the “Made in Africa” brand
# Enoch Godongwana is reportedly planning to step down from the ANC subcommittee on economic transformation
# And, Vienna becomes the first city to administer jabs for 5-to-11-year-olds without authorisation

# President Cyril Ramaphosa says despite colonialism still having a major effect on the continent, Africa is taking concrete steps to write its own economic story. Speaking at the Intra African Trade Fair at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban, the president says opening new fields of opportunity such as rapid adoption of locally-developed fintech, shows financial and technological innovation in Africa:

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The president says African innovation has also shown it can reach the world through technological innovations:

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# Finance minister Enoch Godongwana is reportedly set to leave his position as head of the ANC NEC subcommittee on economic transformation. The minister wants to groom younger members of the committee while he focuses his attention on running National Treasury. Godongwana says it has been his position even before joining the government that there’s a need to push younger people into active leadership roles in the ANC. The minister has reportedly told the party’s deputy secretary-general, Jessie Duarte, on his intention to step down.

# The executive headmaster of St John’s College in Johannesburg, Stuart West, has vowed to do everything to help rid schools of the scourge of sexual predators. This comes after an investigation conducted by the school revealed that a former teacher, who resigned in 2014, allegedly sexually assaulted past pupils. The school became aware of the allegations last month and conducted a probe immediately. West says the matter has been reported to the police, the South African Council for Educators, and the Anglican Safe Church Unit.

# The Austrian capital of Vienna is the first European Union country to offer vaccines to children from the age of five to 11 despite the European Medicines Agency not issuing an authorisation for any of the vaccines to be used for this age group. According to reports, the EU member states have the right to administer the jabs in a public health emergency. More than five-thousand children in this category have registered for vaccination.

# Rugby: SA Rugby has congratulated Springbok winger Lukhanyo Am for being nominated for the World Try of the Year Award. He scored the five-pointer for South Africa A against the British and Irish Lions before the start of the Test series against the Springboks. The hosts were loaded with national players after the series against Georgia had to be shortened. Saru president Mark Alexander says it’s a huge achievement for Am, who will come up against French centres Pierre-Louis Barassi and Damian Penaud, and All Blacks loose forward Luke Jacobson.

# Financial indicators: The dollar is trading at 15-rand-21-cents and the euro at 17-rand-32-cents. One British pound costs 20-rand-39-cents and Bitcoin trades at 62-thousand-170-dollar-1-cents. Gold is selling at one thousand-866-dollars-22-cents a fine ounce and Brent crude oil is quoted at 82-dollars-70-cents a barrel.

# And finally, Life Wilgers Hospital has been voted as the best hospital in Pretoria. The facility was nominated in this year’s health service category in the Best of Pretoria’s Choice Awards. The hospital took the first spot for a second-time in a row. Life Wilgers, is one of the largest hospitals under the Life Healthcare Group, with 360 beds. It consists of a modern and sophisticated facility, including a 24-hour emergency unit with three dedicated intensive-care units.

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