BULLETIN 20 November 3 pm
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In this bulletin:
# Cabinet remains concerned about the continued attacks on children and women in Gaza
# A-I-C councillor Margaret Arnolds is elected as the new speaker of Johannesburg
# And Cricket: Keshav Maharaj tops the O-D-I bowler standings after the World Cup
# Minister in the Presidency, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni says the South African cabinet remains concerned about continued attacks on the people of Palestine, including children, women and innocent civilians. Ntshavheni gave a briefing on the outcomes of Thursday’s cabinet meeting, saying Israel’s genocidal airstrikes continue, with a rising death toll. Ntshavheni says the cabinet is expecting warrants of arrest for those responsible for the atrocities in Gaza:
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# African Independent Congress councillor Margaret Arnolds has been elected as new speaker of Johannesburg. She replaces Colleen Makhubele of COPE who was dismissed last week. Arnolds emerged as the nominee after being chosen by party caucus members on Thursday. However, the DA, who was absent in the council meeting, maintains its position for the dissolution of the entire council amid ongoing political instability.
# The Unemployment Insurance Fund has noted articles published in the Sunday World newspaper yesterday. In the articles the newspaper refers to a Hawks and Special Investigating Unit investigation into allegations of corruption related to its Labour Activation Programme. The UIF’s spokesperson, Trevor Hattingh says the UIF has not yet received official correspondence from the law enforcement agencies pertaining to the said investigation, but will cooperate fully if requested to do so:
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# Non-profit organisation Public Interest SA is disappointed with the settlement between the Competition Commission and one of the banks implicated in the rand/US dollar exchange rate manipulation scheme from 2007 to 2013, Standard Chartered. While Standard Chartered admitted guilt and agreed to a 42.7-million-rand penalty, Public Interest SA deems the fine insufficient. The organisation calls for more robust consequences, including potential fines against executives, and emphasises the need for punitive damages.
# Cricket: Proteas spinner Keshav Maharaj tops the one-day international bowling rankings. He is followed by Wanindu Hasaranga of Sri Lanka and Adil Rashid of England. India is the number one ODI team in the world despite losing to Australia in the World Cup final yesterday. Australia is second and South Africa third. India’s Shubman Gill is the number one ODI batter and Proteas opener and wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock is third. He retired from the international game after South Africa was ousted by Australia in the World Cup semifinal.
# And the financial indicators: The dollar trades at 18-rand-39-cents and the euro at 20-rand-9-cents. One British pound costs 22-rand-93-cents and Bitcoin trades at 37-thousand-291-dollars-68-cents. Gold sells at one-thousand-974-dollars-42-cents a fine ounce and Brent crude oil is quoted at 81-dollars-80-cents a barrel.
Stay tuned for more news………….