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NEWSFLASH NEWS AGENCY 28 December 4 pm

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In this bulletin:

# The Pfizer booster shots are available from today
# The ANC recommits itself to fighting corruption and inequality in honor of Archbishop Tutu
# And the St George’s verger says the Cathedral bells ringing out in Tutu’s honour have come a long way

# The deputy minister of Health, Sibongiseni Dlomo, says people who have received their double dose of the Pfizer vaccine are now eligible for a booster shot as the country begins rolling out third doses of the vaccines today. Speaking in an exclusive interview with eNCA Dlomo says people can visit their clinics to receive the Pfizer booster shot:

Play sound: ENG Pfizer Booster

Dlomo also says people who are severely immuno-compromised may go for the booster shot 28 days after the second dose:

Play sound: ENG Pfizer Immuno-compromised

# The ANC says it has rededicated itself to root out corruption starting with Luthuli House. ANC Western Cape spokesperson Sifiso Mtsweni said the renewal plans will continue the legacy of the late Archbishop Desmond Tutu who fought strongly against corruption and inequality. Mtsweni says the party will ensure the party’s systems are run differently. He was speaking at Tutu’s home in Cape Town yesterday as top-ranking politicians paid their last respects.

# The United States and Russia will hold much-anticipated talks next month on European security and the Ukraine conflict. Russian deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov confirmed a meeting for the tenth in Geneva. The Kremlin has grown increasingly insistent that the West and NATO are encroaching dangerously close to Russia’s borders. Moscow and NATO representatives are then expected to meet on the 12th of next month, while Russia and the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, which includes the United States, will meet the next day.

# Motorsport: Three all-South African crews will be taking part in the 2022 edition of the Dakar Rally, as part of the four-car Toyota Gazoo Racing team. The team principal, Glenn Hall, says the South African crews consist of Giniel de Villiers and co-driver Dennis Murphy, South African Cross-Country Champions Henk Lategan and co-driver Brett Cummings, and Shameer Variawa partnered with Danie Stassen. Dakar 2022 is set to start on the 1st of January with a race from the Saudi Arabian port city of Jeddah to a North Western Saudi Arabian city Ha’il.

# Financial indicators: The dollar is trading at 15-rand-73-cents and the euro at 17-rand-83-cents. One British pound costs 21-rand-17-cents and Bitcoin trades at 49-thousand-199-dollar-20-cents. Gold is selling at one thousand-817-dollars-40-cents a fine ounce and Brent crude oil is quoted at 79-dollars-68-cents a barrel.

# And finally: The verger of the St. George’s Cathedral in Cape Town from where the late emeritus archbishop Desmond Tutu will be laid to rest on Saturday, says it is a privilege to ring the bells from the tower every day this week for ten minutes at noon in his honour. Edward Esau and his team of bellringers already rang away at the ten bells which have a significant history in the life of the Cathedral. Esau explained the bells have undergone a few changes through the years:

Play sound: ENG FIN EdwardEsauOnBells

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