BULLETIN 23 January 1 pm
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In this bulletin:
# The Gauteng police condemns a deadly mob justice attack in Tembisa
# The Border Management Authority extends the ports of entry redevelopment bids submission date
# And cycling: The closing date looms for entries for the Cape Town Cycle Race
# Gauteng police have strongly condemned the mob justice attack that claimed the lives of five people in Tembisa. According to reports, the men were stoned to death by residents. Police spokesperson, Dimakatso Nevhuhulwi, says community members are urged to report suspected criminal conduct, rather than resort to mob justice:
# The Border Management Authority has extended the submission date for proposals for the redevelopment of the six priority land ports of entry project to the fourth of July. The six priority land ports are Beitbridge on the border with Zimbabwe, Lebombo on the border with Mozambique, Maseru Bridge and Ficksburg on the border with Lesotho, Kopfontein on the border with Botswana, and Oshoek on the border with eSwatini. The authority says the extension is for the private sector to conduct broader consultations with each other and provide high-quality bids to the government.
# Eskom has announced it is implementing stages one and two load-shedding today. This is due to low electricity demand and the expected return to service of two units earlier than planned. The power utility reminded its customers to treat all electrical points as live during load-shedding. Spokesperson Daphne Mokwena appeals to residents and businesses to use electricity sparingly:
# Cape Town firefighters have managed to contain the vegetation fire between Da Gama and Ocean View. The fire started yesterday afternoon and was fanned by a strong south-easterly wind. City’s Fire and Rescue Service’s, Jermaine Carelse, says although resources have been scaled back at the site, they are on alert for any flare-ups:
# Cycling: The organisers of the Cape Town Cycle Tour remind prospective participants to enter for this year’s race before the end of the month. Entries close at midnight on the 31st of January for the race, taking place on Sunday the sixth of March. There are two categories – the race over 109 kilometres, and one of 42 kilometres. The entry fee for the longer race is 950-rand, but free for cyclists who have completed 40 tours. For the shorter distance, entries are 445-rand, and 400-rand for cyclists 18-years and younger.
# And the financial indicators: The dollar trades at 19-rand-11-cents and the euro at 20-rand-81-cents. One British pound costs 24-rand-32-cents and Bitcoin trades at 39-thousand-131-dollars-79-cents. Gold sells at two-thousand-and-29-dollars-73-cents a fine ounce and Brent crude oil is quoted at 79-dollars-82-cents a barrel.
Stay tuned for more news………….