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NEWSFLASH NEWS AGENCY 21 November 1 pm

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In this bulletin:

# Political parties say the DA’s decision puts a successful coalition at risk
# Parents and teachers are urged to be observant as school kidnappings rise
# And, archaeologists find the remains of a lost 4,500-year-old sun temple in Egypt

# The multi-party coalition group consisting of the UDM, ActionSA, Freedom Front Plus and the ACDP have responded to the DA’s decision not to support ActionSA’s Herman Mashaba as Johannesburg mayor. In a joint statement the multi-party group has called on the DA to honour its commitment to keep the ANC out of these municipalities by engaging with potential coalition partners in good faith. On Saturday, DA leader John Steenhuisen announced that they will not be forming any coalition with ActionSA for the Johannesburg mayoral seat.

#The Basic Education Department is requesting parents to be more vigilant while dropping their children off at school. Last week an 18-year-old  girl narrowly escaped being kidnapped and a grade-five pupil is still missing after being kidnapped outside her Mayfair school. Basic Education spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga says the department is deeply concerned with the situation:

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# Mhlanga also says 287-thousand people have been deployed as additional capacity at schools:

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# DA Gauteng shadow MEC for Health Jack Bloom says the Gauteng Provincial Government is settling the legal bill for the top officials subpoenaed to give evidence at the Life Esidimeni Inquest to determine the cause of death of 144 mental health patients. According to Bloom Gauteng premier David Makhura disclosed this information in response to his questions in the Gauteng Legislature. Bloom says the top officials should pay for their own legal representation:

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# E-hailing drivers in the Western Cape are expecting a response from Parliament on Tuesday after they handed over a memorandum calling on the government to review regulations on commissions charged by e-hailing service providers. They are demanding a 13-percent fee be charged as commission, 10-rand per kilometre and the option of “GO” to be removed from the apps. Western Cape MEC of Transport and Public Works Daylin Mitchell says he has met with the management of the two biggest e-hailing companies, Bolt and Uber, to discuss the concerns raised by their partners and drivers.

# And finally, archaeologists have uncovered what they believe to be one of Egypt’s lost sun temples, dating from the mid-25th century BC. The team uncovered the remains beneath the sun temple of Nyuserra, the sixth king of the 5th dynasty. CNN reports the finds to include seals engraved with the names of kings who ruled before Nyuserra; the bases of two limestone columns; a limestone threshold; and dozens of intact beer jars. Historical sources suggest six sun temples were built in total, but only two had previously been unearthed.

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