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NEWSFLASH NEWS AGENCY 24 November 12 pm

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In this bulletin:

# Former minister Bathabile Dlamini pleads not guilty to her perjury charge
# The Freedom Front Plus says South Africa’s under-utilised crude oil storage facilities are a blessing in disguise
# And rugby: The Springbok Women are to embrace the Barbarians’ attacking mindset

# Former Social Development minister Bathabile Dlamini pleaded not guilty when her perjury trial got underway in the Johannesburg Regional Court this morning. She is accused of lying under oath while testifying during an inquiry established by the Constitutional Court into her role in the social grants crisis four years ago. The department didn’t have a contract in place for the distribution of grants when the previous service provider’s contract expired at the end of March 2017. This led to millions of recipients not getting their money on time.

# The Freedom Front Plus says it is a blessing in disguise that South Africa’s crude oil storage facilities in Cape Town, Saldanha Bay, and Ethekwini are in an unmaintained and under-utilised state, as the world is moving away from fossil fuels. This follows an oversight visit of a parliamentary group to some of these facilities after a report submitted to the portfolio committee on Mineral Resources and Energy.  The FF Plus’ parliamentary member, Wynand Boshoff, says the unavailability of enough refineries to produce a finished product makes the facilities redundant.

# A total of 31-thousand-521 out of 86-thousand-630 health workers employed by the Gauteng Health Department are not fully vaccinated against Covid-19. This was revealed in the department’s presentation at a meeting of the legislature’s Health committee. The DA’s Jack Bloom says the department blames the high number of staff declining vaccination on false propaganda on social media:

Play sound: ENGJackBloom

# Rugby: Springbok Women’s assistant coach Lungisa Kama is expecting a tough encounter against the Barbarians at Twickenham on Saturday. He says he has been particularly pleased with some of the tries his team scored in their last two outings against Wales and England’s Under-20s. Kama says the challenge on Saturday will be to stay focused on their own game and not get swept up by the adventurous spirit of the Baabaas:

Play sound: ENG KamaOnBaabaas

# Financial indicators: The dollar is trading at 15-rand-82-cents and the euro at 17-rand-78-cents. One British pound costs 21-rand-18-cents and Bitcoin trades at 56-thousand-908-dollars-2-cents. Gold is selling at one thousand-790-dollars-56-cents a fine ounce and Brent crude oil is quoted at 82-dollars-95-cents a barrel.

# And finally: The penultimate sale of mohair for the 2021 winter season took place in Gqeberha in the Eastern Cape yesterday, with more than 86-thousand kilograms of wool on offer of which 96-percent was sold. A spokesperson, Siobhan Momberg, says the offering consisted of good quality mohair with excellent individual clips. Due to the rand being weaker and good demand for the certified mohair on offer, the price increased by six-percent compared to the previous sale to close on more than 394-rand per kilogram.

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