BULLETIN 10 November 6 am
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In this bulletin:
# third suspect is arrested in connection with the Phala Phala theft
# Israel has agreed to four-hour daily humanitarian pauses in northern Gaza
# And rugby, the owner of Racing 92 expects Siya Kolisi to make a significant impact
# The Hawks have arrested a third suspect in connection with the theft of foreign currency from president Cyril Ramaphosa’s Phala Phala farm in Limpopo in 2020. The 27-year-old handed himself over to police yesterday. Two others, Namibian nationals Imanuwela David and Froliana Joseph, were arrested earlier this week. Hawks spokesperson, Katlego Mogale, says the trio will appear at the Bela-Bela Magistrate’s Court today:
# Parliament faces criticism for delays in amending the Immigration Act after the Constitutional Court granted a 12-month extension, citing an abysmal failure to address the issue. Home Affairs minister Aaron Motsoaledi blamed elections, the pandemic, and a 2022 fire for the delay. The court criticised lawmakers for prioritising re-election campaigns over meeting deadlines. Parliament now has until October 2024, with an extension beyond if needed. The department plans to introduce an executive bill to address the constitutional defects. Critics raise concerns about legislative delays and the scathing court judgment.
# Rand Water has reported a decline in water consumption across major Gauteng metros, offering some relief from water challenges. Ekurhuleni, City of Tshwane, and Johannesburg experienced a significant drop in water demand, possibly due to cooler weather conditions. The utility notes no major infrastructure issues, ensuring consistent water supply. Rainfall in parts of Gauteng further alleviated pressure on Rand Water’s system. While consumption reduced by 6.7-percent, overall demand in Johannesburg still exceeds the agreed quota. Critical reservoirs are recovering, approaching 80-percent, contributing to improved water conditions.
# Parents in KwaZulu-Natal are frustrated over teachers’ union SADTU’s strike as it forced the suspension of year-end exams for Grades 8 to 11 in the province’s public schools. SADTU demands the provincial Education Department pay schools their full budget allocations. The department has not given a timeline for payment. While SADTU has halted their picket, parents have decried the possible impact of the strike on their children. They are calling for a resolution that does not compromise learner’s education.
# The White House says Israel is initiating daily four-hour humanitarian pauses in northern Gaza to facilitate humanitarian aid and civilian evacuation. The specific timing of these pauses will be announced by Israel three hours in advance. National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby says they have been told by the Israelis that there will be no military operations in these areas over the duration of the pause and that this process started yesterday. He says this is a significant step in this conflict:
# And the financial indicators: The dollar trades at 18-rand-66-cents and the euro at 19-rand-92-cents. One British pound costs 22-rand-82-cents and Bitcoin trades at 36-thousand-625-dollars-50-cents. Gold sells at one-thousand-960-dollars-13-cents a fine ounce and Brent crude oil is quoted at 80-dollars-1-cent a barrel.
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