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NEWSFLASH NEWS AGENCY 3 January 3 pm

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In this bulletin:

# The DA says Patricia De Lille must be held accountable after the devastating fire at Parliament
# Busy traffic conditions are expected to continue on the N3 Toll Route today
# And, Iraqi security sources confirm a foiled drone attack on U.S. forces near Baghdad’s international airport

# The devastating fire that ripped through the Parliamentary precinct yesterday was the second fire in Parliament in the last ten months. DA member of Parliament, Samantha Graham-Maré says a report was received before the first fire as well as thereafter pointing out risks that should be attended to. She says minister of Public Works and Infrastructure, Patricia de Lille, failed to table the report when asked to do so in Parliament last September. Graham-Maré says De Lille needs to account for the failure to implement the plan proposed in the reports.

# The N3 Toll Concession (N3TC) has warned motorists to expect busy traffic conditions on the N3 to continue today as holidaymakers return home. According to the N3TC, traffic is expected to be heavy between 12h00 and 15h00 with over one-thousand-500 vehicles per hour expected to be utilising the route. Operations manager, Thania Dhoogra says they recommend that motorists travel during the day rather than at night because although there are fewer accidents at night these tend to be far more severe:

Play Sound: ENG Thania Dhoogra

# Iraqi security sources say two armed drones were shot down earlier today as they approached an Iraqi military base, hosting U.S. forces near Baghdad’s international airport. No casualties have been reported. According to the news agency, Reuters, the attack came as Iran and its allies in Iraq were marking the second anniversary of the assassination of top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani. Soleimani had been killed in a drone strike near Baghdad airport, ordered by then-U.S. president Donald Trump.

# Darts: The exciting world championships draw to a close today with the final being played at the Alexandra Palace sports venue in London tonight. Colourful professional Peter Wright from Scotland will take on England’s Michael Smith for the honours. Wright, nicknamed “Snakebite”, defeated Gary Anderson after producing a record-breaking 24 maximums, while Smith got the better of James Wade in yesterday’s semis. The winner will take home a cheque worth 10.8-million-rand.

# Financial indicators: The dollar is trading at 15-rand-80-cents and the euro at 17-rand-95-cents. One British pound costs 21and-35-cents and Bitcoin trades at 47-thousand-545-dollar-70-cents. Gold is selling at one thousand-822-dollars-11-cents a fine ounce and Brent crude oil is quoted at 78-dollars-46-cents a barrel.

# And Finally: The South African musician and parody artist David Scott, lead singer of the band The Kiffness, has donated 100-thousand-rand to the Sandton SPCA. The musician thus made good on a promise that he would donate 50-percent of all streaming revenue from videos about cats he adapted and streamed on his internet channels like Spotify. The remixed videos became a worldwide viral hit and over seven months gained over five million views. Scott says he was tagged in all kinds of cat videos and could soon extend his offering.

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