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NEWSFLASH NEWS AGENCY 24 November 4 pm

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In this bulletin:

# An Eastern Cape EFF councillor-elect is murdered before he could be sworn in
# Distressed Free State municipalities to be placed under provincial care
# And: Tag-teams to make 50-thousand sandwiches during the Cape Town Sarmiethon

# Police in the Eastern Cape are appealing for information following the fatal shooting of an EFF councillor-elect before he took his oath of office. Provincial police spokesperson Tembinkosi Kinana has confirmed Sisa Mxotwa was shot by two unknown assailants inside his tavern in Tsomo. Kinana says it is not clear if the killing had been politically motivated. Mxotwa was elected as councillor of the Intsika Yethu local municipality at Cofimvaba.

# Five distressed municipalities in the Free State will be placed under provincial care. Finance minister Enoch Godongwana informed premier Sisi Ntombela he is placing Tokologo, Matjhabeng, Maluti-a-Phofung, Mafube, and Kopanong local municipalities under administration. The Mangaung metro and Metsimaholo local municipality will continue to remain under provincial care. According to National Treasury, 43 dysfunctional municipalities have been identified for intervention across South Africa.

# The Mpumalanga Department of Education says they are concerned about so-called “pens down parties,” which may be planned to take place in some parts of the province after the matric exams. A spokesperson, Jasper Zwane, says despite the ongoing warnings about the consequences they have heard plans are afoot to hold such parties. He urged learners to be cautious and act wisely by staying away from such parties:

Play sound: ENG JasperZwaneonPensDown

# Springbok captain Siya Kolisi had a very famous tour guide when he visited Switzerland after the conclusion of the Boks’ European tour. He met up with local tennis hero Roger Federer, who showed him the sights in Zurich. The 20-time Grand Slam champion posted pictures of the two of them visiting famous sites, writing “Anyone need a tourist guide? I found a Springbok loudly crying roaming the streets of Zurich. What a pleasure to see you Siya”. Federer’s mother, Lynette, was born in South Africa.

# Financial indicators: The dollar is trading at 15-rand-87-cents and the euro at 17-rand-79-cents. One British pound costs 21-rand-19-cents and Bitcoin trades at 56-thousand-458-dollars-8-cents. Gold is selling at one thousand-786-dollars-22-cents a fine ounce and Brent crude oil is quoted at 82-dollars-16-cents a barrel.

# And finally: This November Cape Town food security NPO, Ladles of Love, is celebrating World Sandwich Day all month long. The founder, Danny Diliberto says the NPO is challenging the people of Cape Town to make 50-thousand sandwiches today. This is during a Sarmiethon Challenge at the Jetty 2 venue at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. He says teams will make sandwiches in tag-team style after which it will be donated to charity organisations:

Play sound: ENG DannyOnSarmiethon

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