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NEWSFLASH NEWS AGENCY 3 February 8 am

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In this bulletin:

# The SABC CEO accuses the fired head of news, Phathiswa Magopeni, of deliberately distorting facts
# Over 30-million Covid-19 vaccines have already been administered in South Africa
# And, the Western Cape ANC launches a campaign to identify and release land

# SABC CEO Madoda Mxakwe has dismissed grievances by axed group executive of news and current affairs Phathiswa Magopeni against him. She had alleged that Mxakwe and SABC board chairperson Bongumusa Makhathini had interfered in editorial policy. Business Day is reporting that in a 32-page response to Magopeni, Mxakwe stated that her grievances were riddled with factual inaccuracies, deliberate distortions of known facts, and were made in bad faith to tarnish his reputation. He added that in her complaint, Magopeni showed a complete lack of understanding of accountability.

# South Africa has now administered a total of 30-million-31-thousand-and-894 (30,031,894) Covid-19 vaccines. This as the country has recorded four-thousand-502 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours. The majority of new cases are from Gauteng with 33-percent, followed by the Western Cape with 15-percent and Mpumalanga accounting for 12-percent. There has been an increase of 116 hospital admissions in the past 24 hours. A further 15 Covid-19 related fatalities have been recorded taking the total since the pandemic started to 95-thousand-463.

# The ANC in the Western Cape says it has decided to embark on a campaign of land identification and release across the province. The party’s Cameron Dugmore says the province faces serious challenges of poverty, unemployment, massive housing backlogs across most municipalities, the ongoing legacy of apartheid spatial planning, and the reality that less than three-percent of agricultural land is owned by black farmers. He says it is also critical that the long-awaited Expropriation Bill is finalised this year by the National Assembly:

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# New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern has announced that the country will begin reopening its borders in five stages. She says New Zealanders in Australia will be able to return home from the 27th of this month, and citizens in the rest of the world can return from the 13th of March. Ardern says Australian tourists and others from visa-waiver countries will be allowed in New Zealand no later than July:

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# Soccer: Senegal has booked their spot in their second consecutive Africa Cup of Nations final after beating Burkina Faso 3-1. Goals from Abdou Diallo and Idrissa Gueye put Senegal in front in the second half, however, Blati Toure pulled one back for Burkina Faso. Liverpool forward Sadio Mane scored the third goal in the 87th minute to see his country to victory. This is Mane’s 29th goal for Senegal, taking him level with Henri Camara at the top of their all-time scorer list. Senegal will face either Egypt or hosts Cameroon in Sunday’s final.

# And the 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-855-dollar-2-cents. Gold is selling at one thousand-806-dollars-90-cents a fine ounce and Brent crude oil is quoted at 89-dollars-22-cents a barrel.

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