NEWSFLASH NEWS AGENCY 4 January 6 pm
In this bulletin:
# The Preliminary report on the Parliament fire could be delayed
# A Man is rescued from the Vaal River after spending the night in a tree
# And a South African pangolin expert is appointed on the international conservation body
# The preliminary report into the cause of the fire that ripped through Parliament could be delayed. According to Public Works minister Patricia De Lille, the investigators have not been able to access the building. De Lille says they are waiting for the City of Cape Town to hand over the building to the police and forensic team to determine where the fire started:
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# One of the members of the South African Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre has been rescued from a tree after his kayak capsized at the Vaal river. The National Sea Rescue Institute’s spokesperson Craig Lambinon says the 42-year-old man was reported missing yesterday while assisting in the rescue of birds and their eggs from trees in the flooded river. The man has been reunited with his family after medical checks:
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# Six suspects appeared in the magistrate’s court in Otjiwarongo in Namibia on a charge of stock theft after they allegedly slaughtered three Simmentalers worth more than 100-thousand rand. The incident, in which a bull and two cows were slaughtered, took place on a farm between Otjiwarongo and Kalkveld. The case was adjourned until February 16. Livestock theft is on the rise nationwide in Namibia, with farmers in the Kalkfeld area suffering losses of 1.3-million-rand between January and November last year.
# Tennis: Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev both had impressive victories as they ramped up preparations for the Australian Open by keeping Russia and Germany on track at the ATP Cup. US Open champion and world number two Medvedev bounced back after being shocked by Frenchman Ugo Humbert at the weekend to crush Australia’s Alex de Minaur 6-4, 6-2. Third-ranked German Zverev, meanwhile, came through a workmanlike 6-4, 6-4 clash against American Taylor Fritz, his second straight win of the new season.
# Financial indicators: The dollar is trading at 16-rand-04-cents and the euro at 18-rand-10-cents. One British pound costs 21-rand-68-cents and Bitcoin trades at 47-thousand-363-dollar-80-cents. Gold is selling at one thousand-811-dollars-80-cents a fine ounce and Brent crude oil is quoted at 80-dollars-31-cents a barrel.
# And finally: The African Pangolin Working Group says they are thrilled to announce their Limpopo field manager, Francois Meyer, has been accepted as a member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Pangolin Specialist Group. A spokesperson says this is an honour as membership is by invitation only at the discretion of the chairperson of the group. He says Meyer’s love of pangolins, his research and his dedication to their survival makes him an ideal member. Meyer says working with the species has been quite an experience and an honour.
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