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NEWSFLASH NEWS AGENCY 17 November 8 am

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In this bulletin:

# South Africa is at risk of being placed on the watchlist of countries considered kidnapping hotspots
# The Arbitrator of the Safety and Security Sectoral Bargaining Council has upheld Jeremy Vearey’s dismissal
# And in motorsport, Mercedes have requested a right of review of Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton’s clash in Brazil

# South Africa is at risk of being placed on a consolidated watch list of countries considered to be kidnapping hotspots. This is according to specialist niche insurer iTOO’s Catia Folgore. Figures by the police show kidnappings soared by 133-percent from 2010/2011 to 2019/2020. In the latest case, the four Moti brothers were kidnapped in Polokwane on their way to school. They were released about three weeks later unharmed. Folgore says kidnapping is becoming big business in the country, with well-organised syndicates often planning their attacks for weeks and meticulously studying their victims before striking.

# National Police Commissioner, Khehla Sitole, has welcomed the decision by the Arbitrator of the Safety and Security Sectoral Bargaining Council, to uphold the dismissal of former Western Cape head of Detectives Jeremy Vearey. He was fired in May after he was found guilty of misconduct over Facebook posts that contained derogatory, offensive, insulting, and disrespectful language. Police spokesperson Vish Naidoo says Vearey’s post undermined Sitole:

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# South Africa has administered a total of 24-million-216-thousand-614 Covid-19 vaccine doses. This as the country has recorded 273 new cases in the past 24 hours. The majority of new cases are from Gauteng with 54-percent, Western Cape 11-percent and KwaZulu-Natal accounting for ten-percent. There has been an increase of 35 hospital admissions in the past 24 hours. A further 15 Covid-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing the total fatalities to 89-thousand-504 to date. The country’s recovery rate remains at over 96-percent.

# The city of Tshwane will be carrying out maintenance and upgrade work on the Muckleneuk water supply network along Kloof Avenue between Main Street and Albert Avenue next week Tuesday. The city’s Lindela Mashigo says this essential work is scheduled to take 12-hours to complete, starting from 8-am until 8-pm. Mashigo says a service interruption will be avoided at all costs:

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# Motorsport: Formula One team Mercedes have requested a right of review of the contentious Max Verstappen-Lewis Hamilton incident on lap 48 of the Sao Paulo Grand Prix. This is after the stewards did not penalise the Red Bull driver for forcing Hamilton wide. Mercedes says the request is based on new evidence which was unavailable to the stewards when they made the decision. If the right of review is accepted, Verstappen could get a five-second penalty added to his race time or a grid penalty at the next race.

# And the financial indicators: The dollar is trading at 15-rand-52-cents and the euro at 17-rand-55-cents. One British pound costs 20-rand-84-cents and Bitcoin trades at 59-thousand-479-dollar-7-cents. Gold is selling at one thousand-854-dollars-38-cents a fine ounce and Brent crude oil is quoted at 81-dollars-68-cents a barrel.

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