NEWSFLASH NEWS AGENCY 10 February 9 am
In this bulletin:
# NATJOINTS says measures are in place to safeguard the State of the Nation Address
# The Institute for Security Studies says kidnappings in South Africa have spiked in recent months
# And conflict, Covid-19 and climate change are causing havoc in the horn of Africa
# The National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure say it has put measures in place to ensure safety and security during the State of the Nation Address at the Cape Town City Hall this evening. Spokesperson, Athlenda Mathe, says security forces are on high alert to ensure that the event takes place in a secure environment. She says they are calling for the cooperation of the public including those who will be in attendance at the City Hall as well as spectators:
Play sound: ENG AthlendaONSONA
# The Institute of Security Studies says given the wide-ranging motives associated with kidnapping, tackling the crime requires a multi-stakeholder approach. In a couple of recent high-profile cases, Mozambicans working with South Africans have carried out kidnappings, including an 11-year-old girl in Johannesburg at the end of last year. The four Moti brothers were kidnapped on their way to school in Polokwane in October. ISS’s Lizette Lancaster says the increase in national and transnational syndicates in the country poses various security threats, including the potential for more kidnappings.
# The Department of Water and Sanitation has confirmed that electricity to its buildings was disconnected by the City of Tshwane yesterday. The city is disconnecting services from government departments, embassies, and businesses that have failed to pay up. The city’s debtors’ book is standing at over 17-billion-rand including four-billion-rand owed by government departments and embassies. Department spokesperson Sputnik Ratau says it is in consultation with the Department of Public Works to ensure that power is reconnected urgently:
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# The United Nations World Food Programme says the impacts of conflict, Covid-19, and climate change are wreaking havoc across the horn of Africa. More than 13 million people across Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia face severe hunger as the driest conditions in decades spread a devastating drought. WFP’s Michael Dunford, says impacts are compounded by increases in staple food prices, inflation, and low demand for agricultural labour. He says crop failures and an abnormally high rate of livestock deaths are dealing a crushing blow to whole communities’ ability to grow, sell and consume nutritious foods.
# Motorsport: Red Bull has unveiled its car, the RB18, for this year’s Formula One season, as it hopes to defend its drivers’ world championship title. Max Verstappen won the title, which was Red Bull’s first since 2013. American cloud company, Oracle, is now the team’s title sponsor and they have significantly increased their financial support this year. Red Bull team boss Christian Horner says the team is fired up for the campaign ahead after its success last year:
Play sound: ENG HornerOnSeason
# And the financial indicators: The dollar is trading at 15-rand-22-cents and the euro at 17-rand-41-cents. One British pound costs 20-rand-60-cents and Bitcoin trades at 43-thousand-881-dollar-2-cents. Gold is selling at one thousand-834-dollars-5-cents a fine ounce and Brent crude oil is quoted at 91-dollars-44-cents a barrel.
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