BULLETIN 29 January 6 am
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In this bulletin:
# Build One South Africa commits to creating two-million jobs if elected into power
# The murder trial of Anti-Gang Unit detective Charl Kinnear is getting underway today
# And tennis: Jannik Sinner is proud of how he captured his maiden Grand Slam title
# Build One South Africa leader, Mmusi Maimane, says he is convinced that the fastest and surest way to build the country, is to create more jobs, more wealth for families, and to share with those who are in need. He unveiled the party’s election manifesto in Tshwane yesterday, which centres around putting a job in every home and growing the economy. Maimane says the party’s jobs plan commits to creating two-million jobs over the next five years, should BOSA be elected into power:
# Eskom is continuing to implement stage two load-shedding until further notice, despite the return to service of five generating units in the last 36 hours. The power utility’s spokesperson, Daphne Mokwena, says the need to replenish and stabilise the emergency reserves in preparation for the weekday electricity demand, as well as the marginally deteriorated available generation capacity, necessitates the continuation of load-shedding. She says they continue to monitor the system closely:
# The murder trial of Anti-Gang Unit detective, Charl Kinnear, is set to begin at the Western Cape High Court today. He was murdered in his car outside his home in Bishop Lavis in September 2020. The main accused, alleged underworld figure Nafiz Modack, his co-accused, debt collector Zane Kilian, and others, are accused of murdering Kinnear. They are also accused of murdering at least three others, the attempted assassination of Cape Town criminal defence lawyer William Booth and the prolific cellphone location tracking of targets, including Kinnear’s widow Nicolette.
# The IFP in KwaZulu-Natal says it is deeply concerned about the high number of unemployed teacher graduates and vacant teacher posts in the province. Education MEC, Mbali Frazer, recently revealed that there are 25-thousand-566 unemployed teacher graduates and three-thousand-720 vacant teacher posts. The IFP says it is perplexing that there are many vacant teacher posts while the provincial Department of Education has been allocated a 60.6-billion-rand budget during the 2023/2024 financial year, which is 41.5-percent and the largest share of the provincial budget.
# Finns headed to the polls yesterday to elect a new president. The importance of the office has grown on increased tensions with neighbouring Russia since the invasion of Ukraine. While the president’s powers are limited, the head of state, who also acts as supreme commander of Finland’s armed forces, helps direct foreign policy in collaboration with the government. This means the changing geopolitical landscape in Europe will be the main concern for the winner. AFP reports all the presidential candidates champion both Finland’s independence and its new role as NATO member.
# Tennis: Fourth seed Jannik Sinner says winning his first Grand Slam title is a very big achievement for him. The Italian came back from two sets down to defeat Russia’s Daniil Medvedev, 3-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3, to win the Australian Open for the first time. The 22-year-old is the first Italian man to win a Slam since Adriano Panatta in 1976 and just the third Italian man in history. Sinner says he is proud of how he fought back after the first two sets:
# And the financial indicators: The dollar trades at 18-rand-78-cents and the euro at 20-rand-37-cents. One British pound costs 23-rand-86-cents and Bitcoin trades at 42-thousand-171-dollars-87-cents. Gold sells at two-thousand-24-dollars-24-cents a fine ounce and Brent crude oil is quoted at 83-dollars-16-cents a barrel.
Stay tuned for more news………….