BULLETIN 3 February 11 am
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In this bulletin:
# Minister Kodwa says his department has provided some assistance to Boxing South Africa
# World Bank regional head visits Cape Town’s Steenbras power plant
# And, motorsport: Wolff says he holds no grudge over Hamilton’s move to Ferrari
# Sport, Arts and Culture minister Zizi Kodwa says his department has provided some assistance to Boxing South Africa so that the federation can meet critical financial obligations. He aims to ensure that the administration and governance of boxing is returned to normalcy. The ministry’s spokesperson, Litha Mpondwana, says Kodwa has noted the letters by lawyers representing the National Professional Boxing Promoters’ Association to president Cyril Ramaphosa and National Assembly speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula:
# The City of Cape Town hosted a World Bank delegation at the city’s unique Steenbras Hydro Pumped Storage Scheme as it joins the bank in looking to deepening their partnership. Mayoral Committee Member for Energy, Beverley van Reenen, says major investment in Steenbras is planned and under way. The World Bank has been supporting the city through targeted technical assistance to a number of directorates including energy, future planning and resilience, and water and sanitation:
# The National Energy Regulator of South Africa has issued the three licenses necessary for the National Transmission Company South Africa to operate under the current Electricity Regulation Act. These licenses cover transmission, trading and import/export activities. The transmission license allows the company to operate the transmission facility as Transmission Network Service Provider and System Operator. The trading and import/export licenses enable the company to engage in trading activities with generators and participate in regional import/export operations. Operations are scheduled to begin on April 1.
# Motorsport: Mercedes Formula One’s team principal, Toto Wolff, says British driver Lewis Hamilton’s move to Ferrari next year came as no surprise, and he holds no grudge. The German team confirmed yesterday the seven-time world champion will leave at the end of the season to replace Spanish driver Carlos Sainz at the Scuderia. Wolff says the nature of the contract extension Hamilton signed in August last year left him in little doubt the 12-year partnership would come to an end. He accepted Hamilton’s explanation that he needed a different environment.
# And finally: Microscopic fragments of protein and DNA recovered from bones discovered in eight-metre-deep cave dirt have revealed Neanderthals and humans likely lived alongside one another in northern Europe 45-thousand years ago. The genetic analysis of the fossils, found in a cave near the town of Ranis, suggest modern humans were the makers of distinctive, leaf-shaped stone tools that archaeologists once believed were crafted by Neanderthals. Modern humans, or homo sapiens, weren’t previously known to have lived as far north as the region where the tools were made.
Stay tuned for more news………….