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NEWSFLASH NEWS AGENCY 23 November 1 pm

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In this bulletin:

# Premier Alan Winde celebrates a vaccination milestone in the Western Cape
# The Health Professions Council suspends a Tshwane doctor for unprofessional conduct
# And cricket: Ngidi and Williams withdraw from the Proteas’ squad for the ODI series against the Netherlands

# Western Cape premier Alan Winde is pleased with the increased turnout of people vaccinated against Covid-19, but says more people need to receive their jabs. Winde has requested the public to take the vaccines in their numbers to minimize the severity of the expected fourth wave. He says four-million people have already been vaccinated in the province:

Play sound: ENG Alan Winde

Meanwhile, a total of 31-thousand-521 out of 86-thousand-630 health workers employed by the Gauteng Health Department are not fully vaccinated against Covid-19. This was revealed in the department’s presentation at a meeting of the legislature’s Health committee. The DA’s Jack Bloom says the department blames the high number of staff declining vaccination on false propaganda on social media:

Play sound: ENGJackBloom

# The Health Professions Council of South Africa has convicted Centurion medical doctor Stephen Grieve and gave him an effective three-year suspension from practising medicine, for unprofessional conduct. The regulatory body says this follows a deliberation of the charges of unprofessional conduct he faced dating back to 2014. He was charged with contravening the norms of his profession, by persuading some of his patients to invest in a company of which he was a director, while he knew that the company was in financial distress.

# Seven life sentences were handed down to a Grabouw serial rapist in the Strand Regional court in Cape Town. Police say 29-year-old Sinaye Siqhuma preyed on female hitchhikers along the N2. He won their trust by offering assistance. Siqhuma reportedly offered to support victims aged between 20 and 30, one at a time during the period of November and December 2018. After the victims were offered a lift to the Sir Lowry’s Pass area, he would lure them to a secluded area where he raped them.

# Cricket: Fast bowler Lungi Ngidi will miss the Proteas’ three one-day games against the Netherlands after contracting Covid-19. The selectors have asked Junior Dala to join the squad. Management says Ngidi is well and in good spirits. Another player, Lizaad Williams, had to withdraw from the squad after sustaining a muscle injury, but won’t be replaced. The three ODI’s will be played in Centurion on Friday, Sunday and next Wednesday.

# And financial indicators: The dollar is trading at 15-rand-84-cents and the euro at 17-rand-77-cents. One British pound costs 21-rand-15-cents and Bitcoin trades at 56-thousand-755-dollars-6-cents. Gold is selling at one thousand-792-dollars-50-cents a fine ounce and Brent crude oil is quoted at 82-dollars-18-cents a barrel.

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