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NEWSFLASH NEWS AGENCY 11 February 5 pm

Good afternoon,

In this bulletin:

# Outstanding reports are the cause of Zandile Mafe’s case being postponed
# Enoch Godongwana says the basic income grant will not to be rolled out soon
# And Rugby: The Bulls find inspiration in facing the talented Sharks side

# The Cape Town Magistrate’s Court has postponed the case against alleged Parliament arsonist Zandile Christmas Mafe to 25 March following the state’s request to finalise outstanding investigations. According to Eric Ntabazalila of the National Prosecuting Authority in the Western Cape, the state indicated they need to finalise Mafe’s cellphone analysis to determine whether there were more people involved:

Play sound: ENG Mafe postponed

# Finance minister Enoch Godongwana says the basic income grant will probably be rolled out in the next two years. Godongwana says the basic income grant will only be implemented subject to affordability. He says the government will continue to look at different ways of providing income support to poor South Africans. Yesterday, president Cyril Ramaphosa announced the extension of the social relief grant for another year.

# An economist says that president Cyril Ramaphosa highlighted various issues around unemployment in his State of the Nation Address but he did not spell out clear labour strategies for combatting youth unemployment. Derek Yu from the Department of Economics at the University of the Western Cape, says long-term plans must be put in place for this group as it is already hard for them to find a first job, never mind having a possible career. Yu pointed out that vaccination rates are also dropping and this presents a problem:

Play sound: ENG YuONSONA

Rugby: The Bulls are bracing themselves for a heated battle when they take on the Sharks in a United Rugby Championship encounter at Loftus Versfeld tomorrow. David Kriel will make a return to the side, starting at fullback,  while Cornal Hendricks will also earn a starting berth on the right-wing. Gerhard Steenekamp will be the only new face in the forwards pack that started against the Lions last week. He swaps places with Simphiwe Matanzima in a rotational switch, as Matanzima moves to the bench.

# Financial indicators: The dollar is trading at 15-rand-15-cents and the euro at 17-rand-27-cents. One British pound costs 20-rand-57-cents and Bitcoin trades at 43-thousand-839-dollars-2-cents. Gold is selling at one thousand-828-dollars-17-cents a fine ounce and Brent crude oil is quoted at 92-dollars-36-cents a barrel.

# And finally: Various individuals and businesses came together to restore the roof of a 60-year-old farmer from Garies in the Northern Cape after it was blown off in a storm. Founder of civil justice group We Are South Africans, Gil Martin, says the farmer was facing complete ruin after nine years of drought. With building materials donated from Build-It Boland and help from a transport company and a builder, Leon Mostert, the farmer now has a roof over his head. Martin says bringing hope to forgotten communities is what it is all about.

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