NEWSFLASH NEWS AGENCY 2 January 1 pm
In this bulletin:
# Conflicting reports about the fire in the parliamentary precinct
# The N3 toll route traffic increases as holidaymakers start heading home
# And, in motorsport: Valtteri Bottas feels he is ready for bigger achievements
# Conflicting reports are circulating regarding the fire at Parliament. According to some sources, it is still raging. But Public Works and Infrastructure minister Patricia de Lille says the blaze has been contained. De Lille adds an investigation is underway to determine the cause of the fire:
Play sound: ENG Patricia
# Traffic on the N3 toll route in KwaZulu-Natal towards Gauteng started to increase this morning. Volumes are expected to increase further during the day. N3 Toll Concession operations manager Thania Dhoogra says motorists are advised to follow all traffic signs, and to be patient and alert while travelling on the route:
Play sound: ENG N3-Toll
# Gauteng police have arrested approximately 500 offenders and issued traffic fines worth more than 250-thousand-rand. Fines were also issued for offences such as possession of dangerous weapons, drugs, firearms and liquor. Law enforcement agencies conducted crime prevention operations that resulted in guns and ammunition being confiscated. The suspects will appear in various courts tomorrow. Gauteng police commissioner Elias Mawela calls on residents to obey the law:
Play sound: ENG Mawela
# Hong Kong’s flagship carrier, Cathay Pacific Airways, has dismissed two of its aircrew for breaching medical surveillance regulations. According to Cathay, five of its aircrew tested positive following their return to Hong Kong from duty. An investigation by the airline uncovered a severe breach of protocols by the individuals. Cathay says it will work closely with health authorities to reinforce public health protection.
# And, motorsport: Valtteri Bottas thinks he is unbeatable at his best, but admits his best driving has not always been on show at Mercedes. The Finnish driver won ten races with the Silver Arrows and supported Lewis Hamilton to bring five consecutive Constructors’ Championships to the team. He admitted to reporters he was often at risk of trying too hard to beat his team-mate, which sometimes backfired. Bottas was dominant in taking his final Mercedes win in Turkey last year and he feels on those days, nobody can topple him.
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