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NEWSFLASH NEWS AGENCY 4 February 11am

Good morning

In this bulletin:

# The Health minister says South Africa is likely to reach the Covid-19 fifth wave in winter
# Eskom says it could possibly lift load-shedding before Monday
# And in rugby, Tom Curry says being named England captain is special

# Health minister Joe Phaahla says South Africa is likely to reach the Covid-19 fifth wave in winter however it could be earlier if there are new variants. He gave a virtual update on the country’s fight against the pandemic today. Phaahla says they are seeing a plateau on the current Covid-19 cases in the country:

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Meanwhile, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases head of the division of Public Health Surveillance and Response, Michelle Groome, says there has been an increase in the positive test percentage in Gauteng, Free State, Mpumalanga, and Limpopo. She says this is driven mainly by the age group 19-years and younger:

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# Eskom CEO André de Ruyter says they are reviewing the status of possibly lifting load-shedding. The power utility is currently implementing stage two load-shedding until Monday morning at 5. Ruyter says at the moment the electricity system is in a much better place. He adds they have managed to recover the dams which are now full:

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# eThekwini mayor Mxolisi Kaunda says the municipality is poised for massive economic growth from several catalytic projects that are underway and progressing well. The mayor says from 2020 to date they have been able to create more than 40-thousand employment opportunities during the construction phase of all the projects. Kaunda says the projects are earmarked to create thousands of jobs, boost the municipality’s rates base and transform the local spatial footprint:

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# Rugby: Tom Curry says being named England captain is the biggest honour of his career. The 23-year-old back row is now the country’s youngest skipper since Will Carling in 1988 and is appointed after injury ruled Owen Farrell and Courtney Lawes out of contention. He will lead the side out for the Six Nations opener against Scotland at Murrayfield tomorrow. Curry says this opportunity is exciting:

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# Financial indicators: The dollar is trading at 15-rand-24-cents and the euro at 17-rand-47-cents. One British pound costs 20-rand-70-cents and Bitcoin trades at 37-thousand-867-dollar-4-cents. Gold is selling at one thousand-806-dollars-78-cents a fine ounce and Brent crude oil is quoted at 91-dollars-62-cents a barrel.

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