NEWSFLASH NEWS AGENCY 6 January 7 am
In this bulletin:
# Parents are unable to pay school fees after job losses due to Covid-19
# Ten people died when a boat ferrying people to a funeral in Zanzibar capsized
# And the world’s number one tennis player faces deportation from Australia despite medical exemption
# As the 2022 school calendar is about to begin, many parents find themselves in the dilemma of not being able to pay their children’s school fees. Some parents have been in debt since the Covid-19 pandemic began. Many have suffered job losses or salary cuts due to the impact of the pandemic. In an interview with eNCA TPN Credit Bureau CEO Michelle Dickens says the hard lockdown had been a major contributing factor:
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Dickens says payment of school fees has not been made a priority in many households as rentals and bond payments took first priority since the pandemic began. She says many schools are sitting with up to 40-percent of unpaid school fees:
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# Transport regulatory entities in Gauteng and North West have been mum on the backlog in issuing taxi operating licences. All nine provinces are meant to submit details of their backlogs, causes of delays, and indications as to when they will be dealt with. The Department of Transport says the two provinces have not responded to the request. According to minister Fikile Mbalula, the backlogs are found mainly in KwaZulu-Natal, Northern Cape, Limpopo and Free State while the Eastern Cape, Western Cape and Mpumalanga have indicated that there are no backlogs.
# Ten people died when a boat ferrying people to a funeral in the Indian Ocean archipelago of Zanzibar capsized. AFP reports another 15 people were rescued after the incident late Tuesday, and rescuers were still searching for others possibly missing. The vessel encountered a mechanical problem as it was transporting people from Chakechake on the island of Pemba to the Kisiwa Panza islet. Pemba resident Ali Kombo said he suspected that overloading could be a cause of the accident.
# Tennis: World number one Novak Djokovic faces deportation from Australia after he was initially given medical exemption from vaccination in order to participate in the Australian Open. This follows an uproar over what was perceived as special treatment. The country’s Border Force denied the Serbian entry after his visa was cancelled, saying he couldn’t provide appropriate evidence to meet entry requirements. Djokovic was held up for hours at the airport in Melbourne before being refused entry into the country. He might appeal the decision.
# Financial indicators: The dollar is trading at 15-rand-91-cents and the euro at 18-rand-1-cents. One British pound costs 21-rand-56-cents and Bitcoin trades at 43-thousand-293-dollar-6-cents. Gold is selling at one thousand-809-dollars-14-cents a fine ounce and Brent crude oil is quoted at 79-dollars-93-cents a barrel.
# And finally, the Taliban have ordered shop owners in western Afghanistan to cut the heads off mannequins, insisting figures representing the human form violate Islamic law. A video clip showing men sawing the heads off shop dummies in Herat has gone viral on social media, drawing scorn both inside and outside the country. AFP reports since returning to power in August, the Taliban have increasingly imposed a harsh interpretation of Islamic law and severely curtailed freedoms, particularly those of women and girls.
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