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NEWSFLASH NEWS AGENCY 6 January 9 am

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In this bulletin:

# Mayor of Cape Town honours firefighters for courageously fighting Parliament fire
# Saftu says SAA workers lost jobs and were left destitute because of state capture
# And the French president is under fire for his “divisive and vulgar” message to the unvaccinated

# Cape Town mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis hosted the speaker of Parliament, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, at the Roeland Street fire station to convey a message of thanks to all the firefighters who helped fight this week’s blaze at Parliament. He says they responded to the fire within minutes, deploying the fullest possible extent of resources in the shortest possible time. Hill-Lewis says the historic Old Assembly Chamber, the library and Tuynhuys were saved by these actions:

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# Union federation Saftu says South African Airways workers lost their job and were left destitute because of state capture. The Zondo commission’s report shows over three-thousand workers lost their jobs at SAA and that SAA Technical embarked on a process to shed up to 60-percent of its jobs. Saftu spokesperson Trevor Shaku says this is but an anecdote of what is happening at other state-owned entities, partly because of corruption:

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# Another 110 people have died from Covid-19 over the latest reporting period, bringing the death toll to 91-thousand-561. Eleven-thousand-106 new cases were reported, most of them in KwaZulu-Natal with two-thousand-863, closely followed by the Western Cape with two-thousand-834. Gauteng had two-thousand-156 new cases. The test positivity rate now stands at 22.2-percent, while another 349 patients had to be admitted to hospitals in the country. Since the start of the pandemic about two years ago, almost three-million-495-thouand people in South Africa have contracted the disease.

# President Emmanuel Macron of France has come under fire for what is termed divisive, vulgar language when he promised to make things difficult for people not vaccinated against Covid-19. He used the term in an interview with the newspaper Le Parisien. Sky News reports his opponents accused him of using language not befitting a president, bringing an end to a parliamentary session when they complained about the incident. Lawmakers are currently debating legislation that would bar people from much of public life if they are not vaccinated.

# Cricket: Australia is again on its way to a good score in the first innings of the fourth Ashes Test against England at the SCG in Sydney. Late on the second afternoon, the hosts were on 380 for seven, with Ushman Khawaja undefeated on 132. Earlier, deputy captain Steven Smith scored 67, Marcus Harris 38, David Warner 30 and South African-born Marnus Labuschagne 28. Australia had already clinched the series by winning the first three Tests.

# And the financial indicators: The dollar is trading at 15-rand-94-cents and the euro at 18-rand-4-cents. One British pound costs 21-rand-57-cents and Bitcoin trades at 42-thousand-887-dollar-1-cents. Gold is selling at one thousand-803-dollars-91-cents a fine ounce and Brent crude oil is quoted at 79-dollars-85-cents a barrel.

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