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NEWSFLASH NEWS AGENCY 3 February 7 am

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In this bulletin:

# Dali Mpofu says he has no apprehension in interviewing Raymond Zondo
# The UK Cabinet Office will reportedly probe Bain and Company over its work in SA
# And rugby, the  Sharks, Cheetahs and Griquas are all winners in the latest Currie Cup matches

# Advocate Dali Mpofu says he has no apprehension of being part of acting Chief Justice Raymond Zondo’s interview at the Judicial Service Commission for the position of chief justice. Zondo, who is one of four candidates up for the position, will appear before the commission tomorrow. A Legal Practice Council in December last year charged Mpofu with unprofessional conduct. This is after he told Public Enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan and his advocate, Michelle le Roux, to shut up during a state capture hearing. Mpofu says he is not conflicted:

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# The head of Statistics South Africa says the country’s growing population has created various socio-economic challenges for policymakers. This week South Africa is set to embark on yet another census to take stock of the population growth levels. According to Statistician-General Risenga Maluleke, the population has grown with up to 3.5-million people. Maluleke adds the economy has not quite followed the population growth trajectory:

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# The trial of former Eskom senior executive France Hlakudi has been postponed in the Pretoria Regional Court to May. He faces tax fraud charges to the value of 30-million-rand, related to his personal tax affairs and that of his companies, Hlakudi Translation and Interpretation cc, Coxinel Chicken, and Bon Services Telcom cc. Investigating Directorate National spokesperson Sindisiwe Seboka says this is for the funds received between 2015 and 2018:

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# British prime minister Boris Johnson has reportedly said the UK Cabinet Office will investigate US-based management consultancy Bain and Company over its work in South Africa. This follows an appeal from former minister Peter Hain. Part one of the state capture report found Bain and Company had irregularly scored 164-million-rand worth of work at the South African Revenue Service which was initially supposed to have been working for six weeks. Hain will be appearing before the UK House of Lords today where he says he will be demanding Johnson suspends the company’s government contracts.

# Rugby: Twenty-four-year-old Curwin Bosch kicked 15 points as the Sharks claimed a bonus-point victory 35-20 against Western Province in their Currie Cup clash at King’s Park in Durban yesterday evening. This is the Sharks’ second win in as many games. At Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria, Louis van der Westhuizen scored two tries as the Cheetahs recorded a convincing 38-25 victory against defending champions the Bulls. Meanwhile, the Griquas beat the Pumas 41-20 to claim their first victory of the season in Kimberley.

# Financial indicators: The dollar is trading at 15-rand-37-cents and the euro at 17-rand-38-cents. One British pound costs 20-rand-84-cents and Bitcoin trades at 36-thousand-908-dollar-6-cents. Gold is selling at one thousand-806-dollars-40-cents a fine ounce and Brent crude oil is quoted at 89-dollars-4-cents a barrel.

# And finally, Parliament’s portfolio committee on Communications says veteran broadcaster Dumile Mateza will be remembered for his indelible contribution to the broadcasting fraternity, which inspired many of today’s talent. The 62-year-old passed away from cancer on Tuesday.  He was born in Kareedouw in the Eastern Cape and made his name as a versatile sports commentator at the SABC in the 1980s. Committee chairperson Boyce Maneli says Mateza demonstrated his passion for broadcasting when he was interviewed by the committee for the position of a board member of the Media Development and Diversity Agency in May 2020.

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