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NEWSFLASH NEWS AGENCY 17 November 1 pm

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In this bulletin:

# MEC Panyaza Lesufi is concerned about the alleged kidnapping of a Grade 5 learner in Mayfair, Johannesburg
# More witnesses are called in the Brendin Horner murder case
# And golf: Dylan Naidoo is excited to test his international experience at the Joburg Open

# Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi is deeply concerned about the alleged kidnapping of a Grade 5 girl learner in Johannesburg this morning. It is alleged an 11-year-old learner at EP Baumann Primary School in Mayfair was kidnapped at gunpoint by three men in a new shaped silver and white Toyota Yaris with the registration number JS 62 CS GP. The department’s spokesperson, Steve Mabona, says this happened outside the school gate while she was waiting in line to be sanitized and screened:

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# Police officials are expected to take the witness box at the Circuit Court in Bethlehem in the Free State today as the Brendin Horner murder case continues. Yesterday a witness, Boy Khambule, disputed the police version that he said he saw murder-accused Sekwetje Mahlamba and Sekola Matlaletsa in the company of another unidentified man coming from the direction where the 21-year-old farm manager was murdered in October last year. At least 38 witnesses are expected to take the stand.

# The City of Tshwane has postponed its inaugural council meeting to next week Tuesday. It was initially scheduled for tomorrow. This comes after consultations between acting city manager Mmaseabata Mutlaneng and members of political parties represented in council. The councillors requested time to finalise negotiations on a possible coalition government. The city’s spokesperson, Selby Bokaba, says the local government elections did not produce an outright winner to govern the metro:

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# Golf: South Africa’s Dylan Naidoo says he cannot wait to test the international experience he has gained, at the Joburg Open which starts next week Thursday. The young Johannesburg professional now has playing privileges on the Sunshine Tour, the Korn Ferry Tour, and the MacKenzie Tour. Naidoo says he went overseas to give himself the opportunity to test himself, and he has realised his game is good enough to translate onto the world stage. He adds he is confident that he will play well at the Joburg Open.

# Financial indicators: The dollar is trading at 15-rand-56-cents and the euro at 17-rand-61-cents. One British pound costs 20-rand-90-cents and Bitcoin trades at 58-thousand-995-dollars-4-cents. Gold is selling at one thousand-860-dollars-11-cents a fine ounce and Brent crude oil is quoted at 81-dollars-70-cents a barrel.

# And finally: An Eastern Cape company, DNG Energy, has received South Africa’s first-ever consignment of liquefied natural gas from Rotterdam, Netherlands, in the port in Gqeberha in the Eastern Cape. The chief executive officer, Aldworth Mbalati, says this is a historic moment for South Africa‘s energy market. The development is a precursor to the commissioning of the company’s first floating storage unit delivery in the first quarter of 2022. Mbalati called it a key moment in the country’s shift from coal-fired and oil-fired power generation to cleaner alternatives.

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