NEWSFLASH NEWS AGENCY 12 February 12 pm
In this bulletin:
# A court orders the City of Tashwane to restore a shopping centre’s water and electricity
# South Africa sues Hauwei over its foreign employee quota
# And, anti-vaccine protestors camp out at New Zealand’s parliament
# The High Court in Pretoria has ordered the City of Tshwane to reconnect water and electricity to Club Crossing Shopping Centre. The shopping centre filed an urgent application yesterday after the city shut down both water and electricity without prior warning on Wednesday. It is alleged that Club Crossing owes 2.4-million-rand for the services. This week, the municipality has been disconnecting services of government departments and businesses. The centre’s lawyer Francois Botes says due to the extreme urgency, the city is compelled to return services with immediate effect:
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# South Africa has sued Huawei Technologies for exceeding the number of foreigners it is allowed to employ in the country. In a statement, government says the Chinese telecommunications giant has close to 90-percent foreign nationals at its South Africa unit, including all five top management officials. According to the filed court papers, the Department of Employment and Labour wants the judge to order Huawei to comply with the employment rules and pay a 1.5-million-rand fine.
# The Department of Public Enterprises and South African Airways have individually confirmed the sale and purchase agreement between SAA and Takayso is at an advanced stage. The statements come eight months after SAA selected the Takatso consortium as its equity partner to enable it to operate without further government bailouts. Takatso CEO Gidon Novick also confirmed negotiations with the department to buy a 51-percent stake in SAA continue. SAA was in business rescue for more than a year and resumed domestic commercial flights in September last year.
# The number of protesters outside New Zealand’s parliament increased to nearly one-thousand-500 yesterday. Police scaled back efforts to clear out anti-vaccine protesters involved in violent clashes the previous day. New Zealand requires people working in sectors such as health, law enforcement, education and defence to be mandatorily vaccinated against Covid-19, and those who refuse the vaccine must be dismissed. Proof of vaccination must also be shown to enter restaurants, sporting events and religious services.
# And, surfski: Gene Prato moved into a dominant position in the popular Friday night Surfski Series by grabbing a second win of the series. Prato took full advantage of the flat seas and mild conditions off eThekwini and cantered home almost a minute clear of second placed Wade Krieger. With three different paddlers having won the first three races in the eight-race series, the second win leaves Prato holding all the cards. The fifth race of the series is on Friday 25 February.
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