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NEWSFLASH NEWS AGENCY 9 February 6 pm

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In this bulletin:

# A power failure in Ekurhuleni once again affects Rand Water’s supply to Tshwane
# Restoring of the central line and port of Cape Town inefficiencies are on Western Cape premier Alan Winde’s SONA wish list
# And Cricket: The Windies chase 238 in the second ODI against India

# More bad news about water supply in Tshwane. The City has confirmed that the City of Ekurhuleni substation supplying power to Rand Water’s pump station has had a total power supply failure. The City’s spokesperson, Sipho Stuurman, says technicians are currently on site, working to resolve the electrical fault associated with cable theft at the substation:

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Stuurman says the restoration time has not been confirmed:

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# The premier of the Western Cape, Alan Winde, says he hopes to hear president Cyril Ramaphosa address urgent issues in his state of the nation address tomorrow. Winde points out now is the time to end the national state of disaster and to normalise the country’s response to the pandemic. He also suggests the president should announce a clear strategy to address police resourcing constraints. When it comes to local issues, Winde’s wish list includes the restoring of Metrorail’s central line and addressing inefficiencies at the port of Cape Town.

# The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development says Specialised Commercial Crimes Courts have thus far scored a 92-percent conviction rate in finalised verdict matters. Justice minister Ronald Lamola says the courts are a crucial mechanism to ensure that complex commercial crimes are prosecuted effectively in dedicated courts. According to ministerial spokesperson Chrispin Phiri, the specialisation has also allowed for justice to be meted out efficiently. The courts were established and others enhanced following president Cyril Ramaphosa’s commitment to fight against rising serious commercial crimes and Covid-19 corruption.

# British prime minister Boris Johnson says all remaining Covid-19 restrictions in the country could be removed within the next few weeks – a month earlier than planned. He made the unexpected announcement when answering questions in the House of Commons. Johnson says he hopes to present his government’s strategy for living with the coronavirus when members of Parliament return from the half-term recess on the 21st. This will include the current legal requirement of self-isolation for people testing positive.

# Cricket: India posted 237 for nine in the second one-day international against the West Indies in Ahmedabad. The visitors chose to field when captain Nicholas Pooran won the toss in the day/night game. Suryakumar Yadav top-scored for the hosts with 64 while KL Rahul contributed 49. Alzarri Joseph and Odean Smith both took two wickets. India won the first of the three ODIs and the final one will be played on the same field on Friday. This will be followed by three T20s.

# Financial indicators: The dollar is trading at 15-rand-36-cents and the euro at 17-rand-55-cents. One British pound costs 20-rand-82-cents and Bitcoin trades at 44-thousand-130-dollars-9-cents. Gold is selling at one thousand-827-dollars-79-cents a fine ounce and Brent crude oil is quoted at 91-dollars-24-cents a barrel.

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