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NEWSFLASH NEWS AGENCY 3 February 1 pm

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In this bulletin:

# The Weather Service says it’s unable to predict if tropical cyclone Batsirai will impact South Africa
# The Competition Commission charges motor finance institutions for collusion
# And: Johannesburg’s mayor commends a resident who reported corruption at a licence centre

# The South African Weather Service says the movements of tropical cyclone Batsirai have been described as extremely erratic, as it continues its path slowly south-westwards towards the eastern coastline of Madagascar. A spokesperson says the cyclone is predicted to make landfall on the 5th of February. The service said it is unable to predict whether the cyclone will directly or indirectly affect South Africa’s northern provinces like Mpumalanga or Limpopo, but it is monitoring the movements very closely.

# The Competition Commission has approached the Competition Tribunal to prosecute FirstRand Bank, Wesbank and Toyota Financial Services on allegations of dividing the market by allocating customers or suppliers. Commission spokesperson Siyabulela Makunga says investigations revealed the motor vehicle finance institutions, Wesbank and TFS, entered into an agreement to divide markets. They allegedly did this by allocating customers or suppliers in the market for the provision of vehicle finance, including offering vehicle finance, leases and dealerships financing.

# The manager of a fruit exporting company says their first pears of the season which are eagerly awaited in Europe should have landed this week. However, due to the slow tempo of shipping, the pears will only land in two weeks. Delecta Fruit’s Awie de Jager told freshplaza.com that the South African pear crop forecast will be eight-percent higher this season. He pointed out that the heatwave in the Western Cape has caused some sunburn to the fruit, but it does not appear to be significant.

# Rugby: Springbok scrumhalf Faf de Klerk is reportedly raring to get back on the field after a long absence due to injury. The World Cup winner was forced to the sidelines for the past three months after suffering a hip injury in the Test against the All Blacks in October and had to undergo an operation. He missed the whole of the Boks’ Northern Hemisphere tour. De Klerk is expected to make his return for his club Sale Sharks in Sunday’s English Premiership game against Harlequins.

# Financial indicators: The dollar is trading at 15-rand-39-cents and the euro at 17-rand-37-cents. One British pound costs 20-rand-86-cents and Bitcoin trades at 36-thousand-577-dollars-5-cents. Gold is selling at one thousand-802-dollars-85-cents a fine ounce and Brent crude oil is quoted at 88-dollars-62-cents a barrel.

# And finally: Johannesburg mayor Mpho Phalatse has commended a resident who reported fraud and corruption at the Xavier Junction driving licence and testing centre in Ormonde, in the south of Johannesburg. Two suspects were arrested for allegedly selling driver’s licences for four-thousand-500-rand. Spokesperson for the city’s group forensic and investigation services, Lucky Sindane, says they will work tirelessly with the Hawks, police and metro police to ensure that residents of Johannesburg receive the quality services they deserve:

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