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NEWSFLASH NEWS AGENCY 5 February 12 pm

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In this bulletin:

# Heavy flooding hits Tshwane
# Covid-19 gives the Six Nations rugby tournament another blow
# And, a New Zealand parrot stole a camera and filmed its airborne escape

# City of Tshwane says heavy rainfall in Southern Africa has led to an increased occurrence of mosquitoes in malaria-endemic areas. The illness is one of the major causes of deaths in Africa. South Africa, particularly Gauteng, is not regarded as a malaria-endemic area. Tshwane spokesperson Sipho Stuurman says infections are more prevalent in the low-lying areas of Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal:

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# The dangers posed by tropical cyclone Batsirai has abated for South Africa, but the South African Weather Service still warns of heavy rains along the East Coast and adjacent interior. The storm is forecast to continue in a south-westerly direction and make landfall at the central part of Madagascar today. Residents of the Indian Ocean island have been warned to be prepared for strong winds, torrential rain and waves reaching heights of between eight and 15 metres, but the cyclone is expected to decrease in intensity soon.

# A driver is due in Randburg Magistrates’ Court in Gauteng on Monday in connection with the death of South African triathlete André Piehl. He and another cyclist were hit while training near the Lanseria Airport last weekend. Phindi Mjonondwane of the Prosecuting Authority says the matter couldn’t be placed on the roll earlier because of outstanding investigations:

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# Rugby: France head coach Fabien Galthie has tested positive for Covid-19. Manager Raphael Ibanez will take charge of the team’s hosting of Italy in their Six Nations opener tomorrow. Galthie also contracted the illness during last season’s Six Nations which caused the game against Scotland to be postponed. This year’s competition kicks off today with the Test between Ireland and defending champions Wales in Dublin. Scotland then takes on England in Edinburgh.

# And finally: A parrot offered a remarkable birds-eye view of a national park in New Zealand after picking up a GoPro camera and flying off. Reports say a family on a trek had put down the device when the parrot swooped down, picked it up and made a swift getaway. The camera kept on filming as the bird flew high above the Fiordland National Park in Te Anau. The kea parrot eventually put the camera down before flying off.

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