NEWSFLASH NEWS AGENCY 17 November 11 am
In this bulletin:
# Eskom will implement stage two load-shedding at 2-pm this afternoon
# The DA wants the Free State government to distribute 250-thousand hectares of vacant land
# And rugby: Micke Gunter is grateful to be back in the Springbok Women’s squad
# Eskom CEO André de Ruyter has announced stage two load-shedding will be implemented from 2-pm today until 5am on Saturday. This has been necessitated by further breakdowns of generation units. He says there are currently boiler tube leaks at Kusile in Mpumalanga and Medupi in Limpopo. De Ruyter says due to this the system is under immense pressure:
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# The DA in the Free State is calling on the provincial government to distribute the 203 land parcels amounting to almost 250-thousand hectares of land across the province. In reply to a question in the legislature, MEC for Public Works, Motshidisi Koloi, indicated that all this land is vacant. The DA’s Roy Jankielsohn says these land parcels are currently not being utilised and could be distributed with title deeds to empower deserving beneficiaries:
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# At least one person has died as a deadly storm caused havoc around Vancouver in Canada. The woman’s body was found near Lillooet. The country’s largest port has been cut off by floodwaters while rail links have been destroyed. The TransMountain pipeline, which carries 300-thousand barrels of oil a day, has also shut down. Minister of Transportation, Rob Fleming, says geotechnical engineers are looking at flooding and mudslide impacts and assure that conditions are safe to begin clean-up operations. Prime minister Justin Trudeau says he is monitoring the situation.
# Rugby: Springbok Women’s player Micke Gunter says she is grateful to be back in the squad. Her international debut for the national team against Kenya in August lasted all of two minutes before she was forced off the field after picking up a knee injury. The team is preparing for Sunday’s friendly against England Under-20’s in London. Gunter says she has worked really hard to regain her fitness and cannot wait to play again:
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# Financial indicators: The dollar is trading at 15-rand-49-cents and the euro at 17-rand-52-cents. One British pound costs 20-rand-81-cents and Bitcoin trades at 59-thousand-918-dollars-2-cents. Gold is selling at one thousand-856-dollars-98-cents a fine ounce and Brent crude oil is quoted at 82-dollars-8-cents a barrel.
# And finally: It is president Cyril Ramaphosa’s birthday today and he turns 69. He is expected to celebrate his birthday with his family at the end of a day at work. The president was born in Soweto, Johannesburg, to Venda parents in 1952. The ANC has wished Ramaphosa strength and continued good health. It says the president must continue serving the people of this country with diligence, dedication, and commitment.
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