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NEWSFLASH NEWS AGENCY 10 February 1 pm

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In this bulletin:

# A climate change expert says electricity injustice must be addressed in SONA
# The case of Modack’s alleged accomplices is postponed in a Western Cape court
# And Cricket: The world’s best are honoured at this year’s ESPN CricInfo awards

# A researcher in climate change at the University of Cape Town, Michelle Pressend, says she hopes president Cyril Ramaphosa will address energy injustice in his State of the Nation address tonight. She says he announced various changes to the regulatory environment of electricity in last year’s address to make it possible for municipalities to procure their own alternative electricity to aid climate change transitions. Pressend says this year the president needs to curb measures perpetuating energy injustice like increasing electricity tariffs:

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# The bail application of an alleged accomplice of suspected Cape Town underworld boss Nafiz Modack will resume in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court next Thursday. The National Prosecuting Authority says Faried van der Schyff is charged together with Modack, Ruwaida Modack, Yaseen Modack, Bashier Syce, Nadia Sait, Dominique McLachlan, Kulsum van der Schyff and Layla Bedderson. They are accused of racketeering, money laundering, fraud, forgery and uttering. The case against Yaseen Modack was postponed until the 10th of March pending his report from Valkenberg Psychiatric Hospital.

# A scientist from the South African Environmental Observation Network Elwandle’s coastal node are assessing which species is in the red tide that surfaced in the Eastern Cape. The organisation’s acting manager, Shaun Deyzel, has confirmed the discoloured water associated with red tide spotted last week in St Francis and off the Gamtoos River had now appeared in Algoa Bay. Deyzel says there is no evidence as yet that it is a danger to swimmers or even people who eat fish.

# Cricket: Kyle Jamieson of New Zealand, Rishabh Pant of India, Fakhar Zaman of Pakistan and Saqib Mahmood of England are the big winners in this year’s ESPN CricInfo awards. Jamieson was named the winner in the Test bowling category and Pant the best Test batter. Zaman and Mahmood are the best batter and bowler in one-day internationals respectively. Jos Buttler of England won the prize for best batter in T20s and Shaheen Afridi of Pakistan the best bowler. Kane Williamson of New Zealand was named captain of the year.

# Financial indicators: The dollar is trading at 15-rand-13-cents and the euro at 17-rand-32-cents. One British pound costs 20-rand-54-cents and Bitcoin trades at 44-thousand-423-dollars-3-cents. Gold is selling at one thousand-832-dollars-25-cents a fine ounce and Brent crude oil is quoted at 91-dollars-62-cents a barrel.

# And finally: The alcoholic beverage gin has grown in popularity so rapidly that Stats South Africa is now including it in its consumer inflation basket, which reflects trends in household spending habits. Pick n Pay spokesperson Katie Bailie says consumer preference for gin has grown more than three times faster than all other liquor types available at their stores over the last two years:

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