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NEWSFLASH NEWS AGENCY 7 February 6 pm

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# Stage 2 loadshedding will be implemented tonight
# The DA wants ministers Cele and Dlodlo to be axed following a damning report
# And Cricket: A former England allrounder is appointed as the country’s interim coach

# Eskom has announced it will implement stage 2 loadshedding from 9 pm tonight until 5 am tomorrow morning. Loadshedding was suspended last night. Spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha says further breakdowns could force Eskom to extend loadshedding beyond tomorrow morning:

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# The DA believes president Cyril Ramaphosa no longer has a reason to delay the dismissal of ministers Bheki Cele and Ayanda Dlodlo. This follows the release of an expert panel’s report on last year’s July unrest which found the response of police and intelligence agencies was shockingly slow, inappropriate and insufficient. It also reveals ANC factionalism played a role in the unrest and it is a grave threat to national security. DA leader John Steenhuisen says Ramaphosa’s entire cabinet must actually be held accountable:

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# The Northern Cape Department of Agriculture, Environmental Affairs, Rural Development and Land Reform says the harvesting and drying of grapes is underway in the province. South Africa is forecasting a crop of 78-thousand tons of marketable grapes for the 2021/22 production season, of which a remarkable 90-percent is grown in the province. The Department’s spokesperson, Zandisile Luphahla says the 2020/21 financial season, saw a sharp decrease of 16-percent due to unfavourable weather conditions:

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# Cricket: Former England international Paul Collingwood was appointed the country’s interim coach. This follows a clean-up in the coaching staff following the Ashes disaster in Australia, where England lost 0-4. Collinwood, who was assistant to sacked head coach Chris Silverwood, will be in charge for next month’s tour of the Caribbean consisting of three Tests. The first gets underway on the first of March. Collingwood represented England as allrounder in 68 Tests from 2003 to 2011 at a batting average of 40.56, and took 17 wickets.

# Financial indicators: The dollar is trading at 15-rand-49-cents and the euro at 17-rand-72-cents. One British pound costs 20-rand-95-cents and Bitcoin trades at 43-thousand-417-dollars-7-cents. Gold is selling at one thousand-814-dollars-7-cents a fine ounce and Brent crude oil is quoted at 92-dollars-53-cents a barrel.

# And finally: The Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Pretoria and Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Tshwane have welcomed a mobile robot called Stevie to help improve the treatment of patients. Clinical head of the Department of Critical Care at the hospital, Fathima Paruk, says Stevie is the second robot to be employed. Named after political leader Steve Biko, Stevie works at the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit. He will be vital in allowing for a bedside ward round attended by intensive care unit teams during instant live discussions across the globe.

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