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NEWSFLASH NEWS AGENCY 18 November 3 pm

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In this bulletin:

# Geordin Hill-Lewis becomes Cape Town’s youngest mayor yet
# South Africa faces a cyberbullying problem
# And Cricket: A full capacity crowd at MCG for the Test between Australia and England

# The DA welcomed the election of its candidate, Geordin Hill-Lewis, as the mayor of Cape Town. The 34-year-old became the youngest person ever in the position. DA-leader John Steenhuisen says the party has full confidence in Hill-Lewis to lead the city and continue to implement the DA’s mandate of clean governance.

In his inauguration message Hill-Lewis stated that for our country to rekindle the hope we need, to fuel our future, and safeguard our democracy, we need one place in South Africa that practically and unequivocally demonstrates a prosperous future can still be realised. This place is Cape Town. He said the city is not interested in merely managing decline, but in driving progress to rekindle hope:

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# South Africa’s expert on online safety and digital life skills in schools, Dean McCoubrey says bullying in the country is a crisis and not just a problem in South Africa. This week is Anti-Bullying Week and the theme is One Kind Word. Several studies in recent years have shown South Africa has rated the top ten in the world for cyberbullying. McCoubrey says cyberbullying is an invisible tormentor. He adds the education departments need to realise the powerful influence of social media and games and use them intelligently:

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# The flagship shop of a British department store group already in business for more than 170 years will close its doors in London’s Oxford Street. House of Fraser was established in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1849 and currently has more than 40 shops in the United Kingdom. The owners confirmed the shop will close early in January after the landlord refused to renew the lease and obtained permission to redevelop the prime site. The company didn’t reveal how many jobs would be lost.

# Cricket: The Victorian government has lifted more Covid-19 restrictions, which has paved the way for a full house at the MCG for the Boxing Day Test between Australia and England. More than 90-thousand spectators are tipped to be on hand for the highly anticipated Ashes contest. The crowd for last summer’s Boxing Day Test match against India was capped at 30-thousand people per day due to the pandemic. This decision comes as Victoria is on the verge of reaching its 90-percent vaccination target for those aged over 12-years.

# Financial indicators: The dollar is trading at 15-rand-57-cents and the euro at 17-rand-66-cents. One British pound costs 20-rand-99-cents and Bitcoin trades at 59-thousand-237-dollars-5-cents. Gold is selling at one thousand-862-dollars-74-cents a fine ounce and Brent crude oil is quoted at 80-dollars-3-cents a barrel.

# And finally: President Cyril Ramaphosa bestowed the National Orders awards at the Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guest House in Pretoria. The National Orders are the highest awards given to South African citizens and eminent foreign nationals. Retired Constitutional Court Justice Edwin Cameron received gold in the Baobab order. The late Lady Smith Black Mambazo founder Joseph Tshabalala was honoured posthumously with gold in the category of Ikhamanaga. Ramaphosa says some of the national orders that were bestowed are in the order of Mendi for bravery, Ikhamaga, Baobab, Luthuli and Companions of OR Tambo:

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