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NEWSFLASH NEWS AGENCY 23 November 1 pm

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In this bulletin:

# ActionSA to vote for a DA mayoral candidate in Tshwane
# George municipality says the substantial water outage is being attended to
# And Rugby: Limited tickets are available for the Bulls home match against Munster

# ActionSA president Herman Mashaba says his party in Tshwane will today be voting for DA mayoral candidate Randall Williams. ActionSA made a commitment to all South Africans that it will unseat the ANC in these elections. Mashaba says it must be made clear that ActionSA is not in coalition with the DA. Mashaba says the DA’s actions have prevented any coalition agreement. He says its future support cannot be counted upon in the absence of a formal coalition being established:

Play sound: ENGHermanMashaba

# The George Municipality in the Southern Cape says they are aware of a large portion of the city that has been affected by a water outage since yesterday’s widespread floods. Spokesperson Athena Scholtz says the flooding caused damage to infrastructure and engineers are working on a number of repairs. Civil Engineering Services recorded 139-millimetres of rain at the water treatment works yesterday. Water trucks will be circulating today and refuse removal will be continued. All donations can be dropped at the Community Development Service office on the corner of Varing and St John’s Streets.

# The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union says police stations in South Africa are no longer safe for society. This follows after heavily armed men robbed a police station in Limpopo on Sunday. A large number of weapons were stolen. Popcru says a speedy implementation of the restructuring of the South African Police Service is needed to address the crisis. The union says police stations are now becoming unsafe territories for both police members and residents.

# Rugby: A limited number of tickets will be available from tomorrow for the United Rugby Championship encounter between the Bulls and Irish side Munster Rugby at Loftus Versfeld in Tshwane on Saturday. There was a hive of activity when Loftus returned to some form of normality with a limited number of spectators during the recent Champions Match. The Bulls’ spokesperson Chumani Bambani says they are currently restricted to accommodate only two-thousand spectators per match.

# Financial indicators: The dollar is trading at 15-rand-81-cents and the euro at 17-rand-81-cents. One British pound costs 21-rand-15-cents and Bitcoin trades at 56-thousand-715-dollars-4-cents. Gold is selling at one thousand-797-dollars-67-cents a fine ounce and Brent crude oil is quoted at 78-dollars-72-cents a barrel.

# And finally: Stellenbosch University says they are intensifying their efforts to end student debt. A spokesperson, Thembalethu Seyisi, says to this end the Law Trust Chair in Social Justice under the leadership of former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela in partnership with tourism body Visit Stellenbosch, will do a fundraising walk. Seyisi says although this is a fundraising event for the #Action4Inclusion campaign, it is also an opportunity to embrace social justice against the backdrop of the country’s troubled history:

Play sound: ENG StellenboschJourneyOfHope

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