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NEWSFLASH NEWS AGENCY 23 November 11am

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In this bulletin:

# A political analyst says the DA’s win in Gauteng provides for a tough governing backdrop
# The trial date for the Limpopo business owner accused of defrauding Eskom has been set
# And, Jeff Bezos has donated 1.5 billion to the Obama Foundation in honour of John Lewis

# Political analyst Daniel Silke says the DA’s mayoral wins in the City of Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni and possibly Tshwane today, provide a tough governing backdrop. The DA’s Mpho Phalatse is now in charge of Johannesburg and the party’s Tania Campbell of Ekurhuleni. Silke says the DA desperately needs to grasp the moment in a unique window of cross-party support to provide real service delivery and create a viable non-ANC alternative:

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Silke says the co-operation now of opposition parties will make or break a more united approach to tackling the ANC in the 2024 national elections:

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# The trial of a Limpopo business owner who is accused of defrauding Eskom has been set down for the 12th and 13th of April next year. Maphoko Kgomoeswana is facing six counts of fraud for alleged tax evasion amounting to five-million-rand in his personal capacity and his company, Babinatlou Business Services, between 2016 and 2018. The National Prosecuting Authority’s Sindisiwe Twala says the fraud were discovered during the investigation of the controversial 745-million-rand Kusile power station corruption case:

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# Tennis: Both Russia and Italy again have two players among the men’s top ten in the world. This follows after Italian Jannik Sinner replaced Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime in the number ten spot. His compatriot Matteo Berrettini is sitting in the seventh position, and the Russians Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev second and fifth respectively. Novak Djokovic is still very secured in the number one position, with Alexander Zverev in third, Stefanos Tsitsipas in fourth, Rafael Nadal of Spain in sixth, Norway’s Casper Ruud in eighth and Hubert Hurkacz of Poland in ninth.

# Financial indicators: The dollar is trading at 15-rand-81-cents and the euro at 17-rand-80-cents. One British pound costs 21-rand-19-cents and Bitcoin trades at 56-thousand-968-dollar-8-cents. Gold is selling at one thousand-806-dollars-37-cents a fine ounce and Brent crude oil is quoted at 79-dollars-18-cents a barrel.

# And finally: Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has donated 1.5-billion-rand to the Obama Foundation in honour of late civil rights icon John Lewis. As part of the gift, Bezos has asked to name the plaza at the Obama Presidential Centre, which is currently under construction in Chicago, after Lewis. Bezos says freedom fighters deserve a special place in the pantheon of heroes, and he can’t think of a more fitting person to honour with this gift than Lewis. This is the foundation’s largest gift it has received to date.

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