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NEWSFLASH NEWS AGENCY 23 November 8 am

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In this bulletin:

# eThekwini metro council was postponed yesterday as ANC and EFF supporters disrupted the meeting
# The NICD says the increase in Covid-19 cases is not unexpected
# And, president Cyril Ramaphosa will host Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta on a two-day state visit

# The inaugural council meeting of the eThekwini Metro in KwaZulu-Natal has been postponed to Wednesday. This comes after police had to escort a group of ANC and EFF supporters who disrupted the meeting yesterday evening. The ANC’s Thabani Nyawose was elected eThekwini Municipality council speaker. DA eThekwini mayoral candidate Nicole Graham says it is clear the ANC doesn’t have the numbers to win the mayorship position:

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# The City of Tshwane’s inaugural council meeting which had initially been scheduled for last week Thursday will be held today. City spokesperson, Selby Bokaba, says the acting city manager, Mmaseabata Mutlaneng, will preside over the swearing-in of the political office bearers councillors and the election of the speaker of the council. Bokaba says after which the elected speaker will take over the reins and preside over the election of the executive mayor and the chief whip:

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# The National Institute for Communicable Diseases says the localised increase in Covid-19 case numbers in South Africa is not unexpected. However, it is hard to say whether this indicates the start of a resurgence. The country has recorded 312 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours. The majority of new cases are from Gauteng with 77-percent, followed by KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape each accounting for five-percent respectively. There has been an increase of 37 hospital admissions. A further ten Covid-19 related deaths have been reported. The country’s recovery rate remains at over 96-percent.

# President Cyril Ramaphosa will host Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta on a state visit at the Union Buildings in Tshwane today and tomorrow. The presidency says both countries share longstanding, mutually beneficial relations that predate Kenya’s historic support for the struggle against apartheid and colonialism in South Africa. Ramaphosa will lead the country’s delegation to the official talks with Kenyatta where discussions will range between bilateral, multilateral, economic, regional, and continental issues.

# Soccer: Olympique Lyon will have to play their games in the French League behind closed doors for the foreseeable future after a player of Olympique Marseilles was hit by a bottle during Sunday’s match. This was the second time within months that Dimitri Payet was the target. The incident happened early in the encounter and the referee ordered the players off the pitch before officials later called the game off. Lyon’s president, Jean-Michel Aulas, apologised to the opposition, saying the guilty party was caught and handed over to authorities.

# Financial indicators: The dollar is trading at 15-rand-84-cents and the euro at 17-rand-81-cents. One British pound costs 21-rand-22-cents and Bitcoin trades at 56-thousand-786-dollar-3-cents. Gold is selling at one thousand-808-dollars-33-cents a fine ounce and Brent crude oil is quoted at 79-dollars-28-cents a barrel.

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