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NEWSFLASH NEWS AGENCY 8 February 1 pm

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In this bulletin:

# A limited number of MPs will be seated in the Cape Town city hall during the State of the Nation address
# A Western Cape court temporarily halts a seismic survey off the West Coast
# And Rugby: The Springboks confirm tests against Wales, All Blacks, Australia and Argentina

# National Assembly speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula says a total of 298 members of Parliament will be seated at the Cape Town city hall for Thursday’s opening of Parliament and state of the nation address. A limited number of other dignitaries and the media will be allowed in the gallery. She was briefing the nation on Parliament’s readiness to host SONA following the fire at Parliament. Mapisa-Nqakula says former president Thabo Mbheki, former deputy president Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and former speaker Baleka Mbethe have confirmed their attendance:

Play sound: ENGNosiviweMapisa-Nqakula

Mapisa-Nqakula says the devastating fire has thrown the preparations for SONA into uncharted water. She says after president Cyril Ramaphosa’s address, the two houses of Parliament will debate the address on Monday and Tuesday next week and the president will reply on Wednesday:

Play sound: ENGNosiviweMapisa-NqakulaTWO

# The Western Cape High Court has temporarily halted a seismic survey off the West Coast, pending a hearing on the 7th of March. Founder of the We are South Africans social justice group, Gilbert Martin, welcomed yesterday’s court decision. Martin says this is the beginning of a long road ahead but they are prepared for the fight to save the livelihoods of communities and the environment. Searcher Seismic now has to file its answering affidavits. The survey commenced last month.

# The National Petroleum Corporation of Namibia alongside partners Shell Namibia Upstream and Qatar Energy have announced the discovery of sizeable quantities of light oil in both primary and secondary targets at the Graff-1 well. A spokesperson for the Corporation says this discovery, coupled with the country’s favourable regulatory environment, is set to create an influx in new investment. The Corporation further believes it further positions Namibia as a highly competitive and increasingly lucrative destination.

# Rugby: South African Rugby has confirmed the Springboks’ home Test schedule for this year. The Boks will kick-off their season with three Tests against Wales in July. They will then launch the home leg of their Rugby Championship campaign with back-to-back home Tests against the All Blacks in August. The Boks will conclude their campaign with a home Test against Argentina in Durban on the 24th of September. The away leg of the Championship will comprise three Test matches, two against Australia, and one against Argentina in Buenos Aires.

# Financial indicators: The dollar is trading at 15-rand-48-cents and the euro at 17-rand-66-cents. One British pound costs 20-rand-97-cents and Bitcoin trades at 43-thousand-720-dollars-6-cents. Gold is selling at one thousand-819-dollars-29-cents a fine ounce and Brent crude oil is quoted at 91-dollars-78-cents a barrel.

# And finally: South African non-profit organisaton The Clothing Bank has made it onto a list of global corporate-ready social enterprises along with similar organisations from 43 countries. Co-founder Tracey Gilmore says they create self-employment and small business opportunities for unemployed people while also reducing retail chain waste. She says the group was delighted to feature among the world’s social enterprise leaders in the prestigious global report:

Play sound:  ENG TraceyGilmoreOnTheClothingBank

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