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NEWSFLASH NEWS AGENCY 15 November 1 pm

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In this bulletin:

# A Northern Cape widow pleads guilty to the murder of her husband in Pofadder
# More than 1.4-million people in North West have been vaccinated so far
# And Rugby: Ireland shoots up to third in the world rankings after their victory over the All Blacks

# The murder case of a hotel owner of Pofadder in the Northern Cape had an unexpected turn of events this morning when his widow pleaded guilty in the High Court in Upington. The trial of Suretha Brits and her co-accused, Enrich Williams and Amantle Bareki was to have started today. But her advocate, Barry Roux, announced Brits has reached a plea agreement with the state in which she pleads guilty to murder and robbery with extenuating circumstances. She was sentenced to 25- and 15-years, respectively, that will run concurrently.

# The North West Department of Health says over 1.4-million people have so far been vaccinated. The provincial government is intensifying its efforts to reach population immunity by the end of December. The province is fast approaching the 40-percent mark of people who have been vaccinated. Over 60-percent of the province’s population resides in rural areas and is under the jurisdiction of the traditional leadership. North West House of Traditional Leaders, Kgosi Mushi Mabe says they will work hand in glove with the government, in mobilising communities to vaccinate en masse.

Meanwhile, the Northern Cape MEC for Health, Maruping Lekwene, says he is encouraged that 63-percent of the population in the province has been vaccinated against Covid-19. The province has administered a total of 493-thousand-810 vaccine doses so far. Lekwene says 300-thousand-211 people are fully vaccinated, however, he is urging more people to get the jab as the fourth wave could soon be approaching:

Play sound: ENGMarupingLekwene

# The founder of the humanitarian housing NPO, The Shackbuilder, says that a television programme brought him a lot of requests countrywide to help with the building of new accommodation for the residents of informal settlements. Quinton Adams is a lecturer in Sociology at the Stellenbosch University and is well-known in the Western Cape for the work his NPO does especially after fires. He says it is time they take their model of uplifting communities by fixing up accommodation, to Tshwane where they were approached by the local community of Soshanguve:

Play sound: ENG QuintinAdamsOnSoshanguve

# Rugby: The weekend’s results in the international game have shaken up the top of World Rugby’s rankings, with South Africa reclaiming the number one position from the All Blacks after beating Scotland 30-15 in Edinburgh. New Zealand needed to beat Ireland to stay in front, but slumped to a 20-29 defeat and is now in second place. This was the Kiwi’s third loss to the Irish in five outings. Ireland improved from fifth to the third position, with the Wallabies now in fifth after losing to fourth-placed England.

# Financial indicators: The dollar is trading at 15-rand-22-cents and the euro at 17-rand-43-cents. One British pound costs 20-rand-41-cents and Bitcoin trades at 65-thousand-970-dollars-8-cents. Gold is selling at one thousand-861-dollars-23-cents a fine ounce and Brent crude oil is quoted at 81-dollars-16-cents a barrel.

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