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NEWSFLASH NEWS AGENCY 6 February 8 am

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In this bulletin:

# Judge Mandisa Maya’s name to be put forward as the next chief justice
# Flood-affected people in Mamelodi chase emergency personnel away
# And, a seasoned diplomat has been nominated as the new US ambassador to South Africa

# The Judicial Service Commission will recommend Supreme Court of Appeal president Mandisa Maya for the position of chief justice. Advocate Dali Mpofu made the announcement during a media briefing in Johannesburg. Maya was among four senior judges shortlisted by president Cyril Ramaphosa for the top judicial post. Should Ramaphosa appoint Maya, she would make history as South Africa’s first woman chief justice. During her interview, Maya slammed questions about whether the country is ready for such a move, saying South Africa is more than ready for women in top positions.

# Tshwane emergency services says 800 people were affected by flooding in the Eerste Fabrieke informal settlement, Banana Bridge and Mamelodi. Buses were used to evacuate people to temporary accommodation. Emergency services’ spokesperson, Charles Mabaso, says two SAPS helicopters conducted an aerial assessment of the area and identified about 60 people on the roofs of their dwellings:

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The search continues for three people reported missing.

Gauteng’s traffic authorities, meanwhile, call on road users to be vigilant and exercise care on the roads following the heavy rainfall since Friday night. It led to flash flooding on major routes. Spokesperson Sello Maremane says the floods also damaged properties and vehicles, leaving many stranded:

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# Golf: The extreme weather that hit Gauteng forced the rescheduling of this week’s Pro-Am tournament after the Irene Country Club in Tshwane was waterlogged. Some holes were severely damaged by a Hennops River in flood. Following an incomplete first round on Friday because of the weather, the Sunshine Tour cancelled the tournament yesterday as the golf course was unplayable. The tour is liaising with the sponsors about rescheduling the tournament, possibly in June.

# And finally: President Joe Biden has officially nominated Reuben Brigety as the new US ambassador to South Africa. Brigety previously served as the US ambassador to the African Union. He is also currently the vice chancellor at the University of the South in Tennessee. Brigety also served as the US deputy assistant secretary of State in the Bureau of African Affairs. He holds a Masters in Philosophy in International Affairs. He also obtained a PhD in International Affairs from Cambridge University in the UK.

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