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NEWSFLASH NEWS AGENCY 13 February 8 am

Good morning,

In this bulletin:

# South Africa could see an increase in value added tax
# The DA is concerned about a spate of fires in an Eastern Cape town
# And, radio is thriving in South Africa

# An economist says president Cyril Ramaphosa’s decision to extend the 350-rand social relief of distress grant, plus plans to introduce a long-term basic income grant, could lead to a hike in value added tax next year. Senior economist at BNP Paribas South Africa, Jeff Schultz, forecasts the one-year extension of the grant will cost between 0.5- and 0.7-percent of the gross domestic product. The figure was previously placed at around 35-billion-rand. BusinessTech quotes Schultz as saying this could imply a one-percent increase in VAT in 2023.

# The DA says Komani in the Eastern Cape continues to burn. Early yesterday, a fire ripped through the Bowler Park Business Centre, destroying a number of warehouses and causing damage estimated at 80-million-rand. An adjacent building used by the police’s supply chain management was also damaged. Last month, the historic city hall burned down. This is the fifth devastating fire in the town in recent months. The DA’s Jane Crowley says it is time the leadership of the municipality is removed:

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# The UK’s junior Defence minister James Heappey says prime minister Boris Johnson will not be distracted from focusing on tensions between Ukraine and Russia by a police questionnaire about parties during the Covid-19 lockdown at his Downing Street office. The BBC reports the Metropolitan Police are contacting more than 50 people believed to have attended the parties to explain their involvement. Johnson’s spokesperson has confirmed he has received a questionnaire and will respond as required.

# Cricket: While India’s Shreyas Iyer fetched the top price in the first round of the Indian Premier League auction in Bangalore, Kagiso Rabada and Faf du Plessis were not far behind. The Kolkata Knight Riders paid 24.5-million-rand for Iyer. Punjab got Kagiso Rabada for 18.5-million-rand and former Proteas captain Faf du Plessis went to Royal Challengers Bangalore for just over 14-million-rand. One of the tournament’s new teams, Lucknow Super Giants, secured the services of Quinton de Kock, who will earn roughly 13-million-rand. The 15th edition of the IPL begins late next month.

# And finally: On World Radio Day, data shows radio audiences in South Africa continue to grow. In an article in The Conversation, associate professor in Media Studies and Production at the University of Cape Town, Tanja Bosch, reveals in 2021, about 80-percent of South Africans had tuned into a radio station within the last week. The country boasts 40 commercial and public broadcast stations and 284 community stations. According to Bosch, the role of community radio remains key in building and consolidating democracy.

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