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NEWSFLASH NEWS AGENCY 4 February 5 pm

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In this bulletin:

# Raymond Zondo is concerned about threats against judges and whistleblowers
# According to Paul Mashatile the ANC has paid all outstanding staff salaries
# And Cricket: Suné Luus to captain the Protea Women in the ODI World Cup in New Zealand

# Acting chief justice Raymond Zondo is concerned about threats made against judges and whistleblowers in South Africa. All kinds of threats have been made against him and his family due to his work at the state capture commission. Zondo says there were threats against judges in general and various concerns came from judges during the July unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng:

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# ANC treasurer-general Paul Mashatile has confirmed that the party has finally paid all outstanding staff salaries in full. This follows after the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union filed a Labour Court case on Monday, accusing the ANC of deliberately failing to honour its financial obligations since October last year. Mashatile said the party will continue to honour all payments due to the staff:

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# The tourism sector says compulsory testing must be halted for all vaccinated tourists. Speaking to eNCA, Tourism Business Council of South Africa CEO, Tshifhiwa Tshivhengwa, said the mandatory PCR testing is having a negative effect on the tourism sector:

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Tshivhengwa says the end of PCR testing will encourage more tourists to vaccinate as well as improve the economy:

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# JSE-listed Pepkor group, which includes well-known brands such as PEP and Ackermans, says newly acquired  Brazilian-based value retailer, Avenida, is a good strategic fit. The chief executive officer of Pepkor, Leon Lourens, says they are excited to enter a new geographical area with enormous growth potential. He pointed out Pepkor has proven to be successful in the international expansion of its business model in the past and they are looking forward to entering the Brazilian retail market to unlock significant growth in the largest economy in Latin America.

# Cricket: Suné Luus was appointed captain of South Africa’s women’s team for the one-day World Cup in New Zealand. She is currently leading the Proteas in the ODI series against the Windies after regular captain Dané van Niekerk fractured her ankle. Lizelle Lee, who is missing the Windies series because of Covid-19, was included in the experienced squad of 15 players. The eight teams in the tournament will participate in a single-league format and the top four sides will progress to the semifinals. The tournament starts on 4 March.

# Financial indicators: The dollar is trading at 15-rand-47-cents and the euro at 17-rand-68-cents. One British pound costs 20-rand-90-cents and Bitcoin trades at 37-thousand-458-dollars-5-cents. Gold is selling at one thousand-796-dollars-55-cents a fine ounce and Brent crude oil is quoted at 92-dollars-90-cents a barrel.

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