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NEWSFLASH NEWS AGENCY 24 November 8am

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In this bulletin:

# A political analyst says Johannesburg, Tshwane, and Ekurhuleni councils are vulnerable
# South Africa’s new Covid-19 cases have jumped to over 800 in the past 24 hours
# And, an eight-year-old boy is the sixth person to die from the Waukesha Christmas parade attack

# Smaller parties have been making it clear to their dominant counterparts that this time it must be about more than just removing the ANC from power. This is according to political analyst Ralph Mathekga. He says removing the ANC from power remained a major appeal that resulted in the opposition clubbing against the party in Johannesburg, Tshwane, and Ekurhuleni. Mathekga says these are politically vulnerable councils and parties will need to find reasons to co-operate with each other to ensure effective local government:

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# Tshwane’s re-elected DA mayor, Randall Williams, says the city is a place of great potential and hope. He was re-elected uncontested yesterday with Katlego Mathebe elected for a second term as speaker. Williams says now is the time to stabilise Tshwane in order to guarantee better service delivery:

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# South Africa has recorded 868 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours. Gauteng recorded the majority of cases followed by the Western Cape and the Eastern Cape. A further 51 Covid-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing the total fatalities to 89-thousand-635 to date. The country’s recovery rate is at 96.3 percent. The Department of Health has now added the rapid antigen tests on the line of Covid-19 statistics. Rapid antigen tests have been increasingly used by healthcare professionals to diagnose the virus.

# Eight-year-old Jackson Sparks has become the sixth person to die as a result of the Waukesha Christmas parade attack in Wisconsin, USA. Jackson, who had been marching with his baseball team when he was struck alongside his 12-year-old brother Tucker, died in hospital. Darrell Brooks has already been charged with five counts of intentional homicide, for driving his car into the parade which also left more than 60 people injured. Prosecutors say more charges are pending. Records show Brooks has been charged with ten crimes since 1997.

# Soccer: Manchester United and Chelsea have booked their spots in the Champions League last 16. Goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho in the second half against Villarreal gave Michael Carrick a win in his first game in temporary charge, two days after Ole Gunner Solskjaer was sacked. United have progressed to the last 16 as group winners with a game to spare. Meanwhile, goals from Trevoh Chalobah, Reece James, Callum Hudson-Odoi, and Timo Werner, saw defending champions Chelsea beat Juventus four-nil at Stamford Bridge in England.

# And the financial indicators: The dollar is trading at 15-rand-86-cents and the euro at 17-rand-83-cents. One British pound costs 21-rand-21-cents and Bitcoin trades at 56-thousand-578-dollar-9-cents. Gold is selling at one thousand-793-dollars-26-cents a fine ounce and Brent crude oil is quoted at 82-dollars-18-cents a barrel.

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