NEWSFLASH NEWS AGENCY 15 November 3 pm
In this bulletin:
# Political parties are trying to beat the clock with the formation of coalitions
# The Life Esidimeni inquest resumes in the High Court in Pretoria
# And Tennis: It is unlikely that Roger Federer will play in the Australian Open next year
# The countdown to the formation of coalition governments continues as political parties try to beat the clock. According to municipality legislation, parties have 14 days from the confirmation of the election results to form coalitions. Five metros as well as several other municipalities have no outright winner. Speaking in an exclusive interview with eNCA, election specialist Terry Tselane from the Institute of Election Management Services in South Africa explains the process:
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Tselane says requests for a re-run of the elections is not the ultimate solution:
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# The Life Esidimeni probe resumed in the High Court in Pretoria today. The case was postponed last month to give non-governmental organisations time to secure legal representation. In 2016, 144 patients died after being transferred to non-compliant NGOs following the termination of contracts between the Gauteng Health Department and the Life Esidimeni group the previous year. The inquest will look into whether anyone should be held liable for the deaths.
# The murder case of a hotel owner of Pofadder in the Northern Cape had an unexpected turn of events this morning when his widow pleaded guilty in the High Court in Upington. The trial of Suretha Brits and her co-accused, Enrich Williams and Amantle Bareki was to have started today. But her advocate, Barry Roux, announced Brits has reached a plea agreement with the state in which she pleads guilty to murder and robbery with extenuating circumstances. She was sentenced to 25- and 15-years, respectively, that will run concurrently.
# Tennis: Chances are slim that Swiss maestro Roger Federer will play in next year’s Australian Open, but the 40-year-old is still not contemplating retirement. His coach, Ivan Ljubicic, gave the assurance after Federer could only play 13 matches this year. He had to undergo a third knee operation within 18 months after losing to Hubert Hurkacz of Poland in July. Ljubicic says Federer doesn’t recover as fast as when he was younger but believes his player would be able to return to the court next year.
# Financial indicators: The dollar is trading at 15-rand-18-cents and the euro at 17-rand-38-cents. One British pound costs 20-rand-39-cents and Bitcoin trades at 65-thousand-826-dollars-9-cents. Gold is selling at one thousand-863-dollars-48-cents a fine ounce and Brent crude oil is quoted at 80-dollars-86-cents a barrel.
# And finally: Agricultural Writers SA has awarded their Farmer of the Year award to a table grape farmer from the Western Cape, Jan le Roux of the JD le Roux Group. The company owns the biggest table grape company in the Southern Hemisphere with farms in Piketberg, Paarl, and Wellington. The well-known researcher in agricultural veterinary research, Gareth Bath, walked away with the accolade of Agriculturalist of the Year while the Chamomile Farm near Phillippi in Cape Town was named as the Upcoming Entrant to Commercial Farming.
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