NEWSFLASH NEWS AGENCY 22 November 1 pm
In this bulletin:
# Business Leadership SA says the prospect of a serious fiscal crisis in the country has diminished
# The Gauteng Education Department says all learner Covid-19 screening will now be done on school premises
# And rugby: Damian de Allende says the Springboks are on the right path
# Business Leadership South Africa says the prospect of a serious fiscal crisis in the country has diminished, however, such a risk is self-reinforcing. The organisation’s CEO Busi Mavuso says the medium-term budget policy statement two weeks ago showed more evidence that debt is being brought under control and Treasury is keeping a firm hand on spending. Muvuso says economic growth is the only sustainable solution to the poverty facing many in the country. She adds this requires businesses to be confident that the fiscal position is not at risk.
# The Gauteng Department of Education says they have resolved that from today all screening and scanning procedures for Covid-19 must be done inside provincial government school premises. MEC Panyaza Lesufi says he was devastated to learn of another learner kidnapping ordeal in Johannesburg on Friday. He says he is glad this particular attempt failed. Lesufi confirmed the EP Baumann Primary School girl who was kidnapped last Wednesday is still missing.
Meanwhile, a 23-year-old man has been arrested in Central Johannesburg after allegedly falsely opening a case of hijacking and kidnapping of a five-year-old boy. The man reported he was driving with his young nephew when four unknown men stopped and threatened him with firearms to get out of the car before fleeing with the child. Police spokesperson Dimakatso Sello says resources were mobilised to track the alleged hijackers:
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# The ANC in the Western Cape has decided to review its coalition decision with ICOSA in the Kannaland municipality following a public outrage over selecting Jeffery Donson as elected mayor. He was convicted for statutory rape in 2008. ANC spokesperson Sifiso Mtsweni says they cannot ignore the repetitional risk:
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# Rugby: Springbok centre Damian de Allende says there are a number of positives the team can take from this season. These include the eight wins from 13 Tests, including two home victories over Argentina, the British and Irish Lions series victory, as well as the win over the All Blacks in the Championship. De Allende says the team is on the right path, as their decision-making is getting a lot better and they are playing more within themselves and not just relying on the system.
# And financial indicators: The dollar is trading at 15-rand-74-cents and the euro at 17-rand-76-cents. One British pound costs 21-rand-15-cents and Bitcoin trades at 57-thousand-222-dollars-7-cents. Gold is selling at one thousand-845-dollars-39-cents a fine ounce and Brent crude oil is quoted at 79-dollars-6-cents a barrel.
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