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NEWSFLASH NEWS AGENCY 13 February 9 am

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In this bulletin:

# Blade Nzimande vows to deal with corruption at National Skills Fund
# Two girls rescued from a ledge on the third floor of a Johannesburg building
# And, Barry Manilow’s music doesn’t deter New Zealand’s anti-vaxers

# Higher Education, Science and Innovation minister Blade Nzimande is determined to deal with maladministration and corruption at the National Skills Fund. Nzimande has appointed a company to conduct a full-scale forensic investigation into the financial affairs of the fund. The auditor-general found five-billion-rand could not be accounted for over two financial years. The minister’s spokesperson Ishmael Mnisi says investigations are underway and Nzimande will be given monthly reports:

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# South Africa’s Covid-19 test positivity rate stands at 7.6-percent. At five-percent, a pandemic is regarded as being under control. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases recorded two-thousand-489 new infections yesterday. Gauteng reported 942, or 38-percent, of the new cases and the Western Cape, 418 cases. KwaZulu-Natal accounted for 349, or 14-percent, of the new cases. Forty-three people had to be admitted to hospital. Nine Covid-19 related deaths occurred in the latest reporting period. The recovery rate remains just above 96-percent.

# The heroic efforts of Johannesburg Metro Police Department acting sergeant Tebogo Mailula are being lauded. The 33-year-old noticed a crowd gathering outside a building where two little girls, aged two and five, were stuck on a ledge on the third floor. They had climbed out of the window of their locked flat after their mother left them sleeping while she went shopping. Johannesburg public safety spokesperson, Wayne Minnaar, says Mailula got onto the ledge through a neighbouring flat, rescued the girls and returned them to their surprised mother when she got home.

# Rugby: The Sharks won an ill-disciplined United Championship match against the Bulls at Loftus 29-22 yesterday evening. The home team lost Morné Steyn early after he was red-carded for a high, late tackle on Lukhanyo Am. The half-time score was 19-5 in the visitors’ favour. Earlier, the Stormers cemented their place at the top of the South African conference with a resounding 32-10 win over the Lions at Ellis Park. The Stormers scored four tries to the Lions’ one.

# And finally: New Zealand authorities turned on sprinklers and Barry Manilow music to try and dampen vaccine protests outside parliament in Wellington. The protest dragged on for a fifth day yesterday. It came as the nation recorded a daily record of 454 new Covid-19 cases. The government tried to make the protestors uncomfortable with a sound system blasting out vaccine messages, Barry Manilow songs and The Macarena. The protesters responded by playing Twisted Sister’s 1983 rock anthem, We’re Not Gonna Take It.

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