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NEWSFLASH NEWS AGENCY 14 February 8 am

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In this bulletin:

# Political parties will debate Cyril Ramaphosa’s state of the nation address today and tomorrow
# ActionSA wants to emerge from the 2024 elections as the second biggest party
# And golf, Alexander Knappe wins the Dimension Data Pro-Am

# Members of Parliament will debate president Cyril Ramaphosa’s state of the nation address at the Cape Town City Hall today and tomorrow. The president’s speech last week Thursday drew mixed reactions from political parties, economists, and unions. DA leader John Steenhuisen questioned why Ramaphosa failed to mention plans to help learners catch up on time lost to the Covid-19 pandemic. EFF leader Julius Malema said the president passed a motion of no confidence on himself by shifting the government’s responsibility of job creation to the private sector. Ramaphosa will give his response on Wednesday.

# ActionSA leader Herman Mashaba says his party is on track to be the political alternative that South Africans are desperate for. This as the party’s interim senate concluded a three-day strategic planning process this weekend. ActionSA’s spokesperson Lerato Ngobeni says they have resolved that the party must emerge from the 2024 national and provincial election as the second biggest party in the country only behind the ANC:

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# The ANC in the Eastern Cape says it is shocked at the shooting of former Nelson Mandela Bay councillor Mazwi Mini. He was shot and injured in his KwaNobuhle home on Saturday night. The Herald is reporting that Mini was threatened by three people last week, where he was allegedly told he must abandon his campaign for Oscar Mabuyane to be re-elected as ANC provincial chairperson. The party’s provincial secretary, Lulama Ngukayitobi, says this incident was atrocious and despicable. Police are investigating a case of attempted murder.

# Windsor’s mayor, Drew Dilkens, says Canada’s economic crisis at the Ambassador Bridge has come to an end. This is after police moved in to clear and arrest protesters opposed to Covid-19 vaccine mandates and other restrictions near the bridge, a key US-Canadian border crossing. Dilkens says Canada as a nation believes in the right to freedom of speech and expression, but is also bound by the rule of law. He adds illegal acts, blockades, and hate speech must not be tolerated and should be denounced.

# Golf: Germany’s Alexander Knappe shot a final-round four-under 68 to claim a one-stroke victory over South Africa’s Dean Burmester at the Dimension Data Pro-Am at Fancourt in the Western Cape. Burmester took second place on 22 under par with a closing 68 of his own, with New Zealand’s Daniel Hillier finishing third. Knappe says this is a special victory for him as he regards South Africa as his second home:

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# And the financial indicators: The dollar is trading at 15-rand-24-cents and the euro at 17-rand-29-cents. One British pound costs 20-rand-63-cents and Bitcoin trades at 41-thousand-982-dollar-9-cents. Gold is selling at one thousand-851-dollars-82-cents a fine ounce and Brent crude oil is quoted at 95-dollars-46-cents a barrel.

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