NEWSFLASH NEWS AGENCY 9 February 12 pm
In this bulletin:
# The ACDP says the new amended alert level directives can lead to mandatory vaccination
# Defend our Democracy will host a pre-SONA rally in Cape Town
# And motorsport: The Formula One president says Lewis Hamilton is an incredible asset to the sport
# The ACDP is concerned about the new amended alert directives issued by Government on the first of this month. ACDP member of Parliament Bongani Nthuli says they view these as being an introduction to mandatory vaccination in South Africa. He pointed out of most concern is Regulation 6 which empowers an official to place those who tested positive for Covid-19 and displays symptoms, in forced isolation. Nthuli says this means South Africans can now be administered vaccines against their consent. He called on the minister to once again amend the amendment.
# A programme meant to provide a civil society and public perspective on the state of the nation with top defenders of democracy will be presented during a rally tonight at six at the St George’s Cathedral in Cape Town. A spokesperson for Defend our Democracy, Duduetsang Mmeti, says the event precedes president Cyril Ramaphosa’s delivery of the state of the nation address tomorrow. Tonight’s key speaker will be former Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela. Mmeti says there will also be inputs from various sectoral representatives:
Play sound: ENG MmetiONRally
# A total of 451 rhinos were poached in South Africa in 2021, 327 within government reserves and 124 on private property. While there is a 24-percent decrease in rhino poaching compared to the pre-Covid period in 2019, there has been an increase in poaching on private properties. These statistics were announced by the minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, Barbara Creecy. She says the steady decline in Kruger Park poaching is related to an increase in anti-poaching activities. One of the unintended consequences is that syndicates are now targeting private reserves in Limpopo and Mpumalanga.
# Motorsport: Formula One president and CEO Stefano Domenicali says he is pleased that it seems Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton will return to the grid this season. There were doubts that the seven-time champion might not return to the sport following the controversial Abu Dhabi Grand Prix title decider last year. Speaking to Sky Sports, Domenicali says he is sure Hamilton is totally focused on the objective of becoming world champion for the eighth time:
Play sound: ENG DomenicaliOnHamilton
# Financial indicators: The dollar is trading at 15-rand-34-cents and the euro at 17-rand-52-cents. One British pound costs 20-rand-80-cents and Bitcoin trades at 43-thousand-518-dollars-6-cents. Gold is selling at one thousand-826-dollars-52-cents a fine ounce and Brent crude oil is quoted at 91-dollars-2-cents a barrel.
#And finally: Cape Town nuclear physicist Nico Orce’s teaching cartoon Isomeric and The Radioactive Ion Bean Facility has gained hundreds of comments and views on YouTube. Orce says him turning into a cartoonist is part of a quest to help produce the next generation of home-grown nuclear physicists. The cartoon tells the story of Isomeric, a young nuclear physicist with big dreams. Orce is a member of the team at the University of the Western Cape’s Department of Fundamental Nuclear Physics and Nuclear Applications.
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