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NEWSFLASH NEWS AGENCY 20 March 9 am

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In the bulletin:
# Western Cape train saved thanks to the rapid response of train staff
# An inquiry to probe allegations against Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer
# And, Monaco’s Prince Albert has contracted the coronavirus

# The rapid action by train staff on their way to Muldersvlei, Cape Town, helped separate the burning carriage from the rest of the train at the Eersterivier station. Eyewitnesses saw three suspects jump from the carriage after it had caught fire. The spokesperson for the City of Cape Town’s Fire and Rescue Services, Jermaine Carelse, said Mfuleni, Kuils River and Belhar fire crews were able to extinguish the fire:

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# Eskom’s board has established an inquiry to investigate allegations of corruption and victimisation levelled against its chief operating officer Jan Oberholzer. The power utility received correspondence from Corruption Watch and union federation Saftu on the allegations. Eskom spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha says the board believes that the move is in the best interest of the power utility and both complainants:

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# Agricultural economist Dawie Maree says the decision by the South African Reserve Bank to cut the repo rate by a full percentage point is good news for consumers and agricultural producers. The rate now stands at five-point-25-percent. Maree says producers have experienced adverse agricultural conditions over the last few years, and consumers are also feeling the economic pinch at this stage:

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# Cricket: Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar has compared the fight against the coronavirus fight to Test cricket. He urges patience and teamwork, and warns that people have to defend well. Tendular is quoted in The Times of India as saying lessons can be drawn from what he calls the grand old format of the game. The 46-year-old retired in 2013 after scoring 15-thousand-921 runs in 200 Tests and has considerable influence in Indian society.

# Financial Indicators: The dollar is trading at 17-rand-46-cents and the euro at 19-rand-4-cents. One British pound costs 20-rand-6-cents. Gold is selling at one-thousand-468-dollars-88-cent a fine ounce and Brent crude oil is quoted at 25-dollars-30-cents a barrel.

# Finally: Prince Albert of Monaco has tested positive for the coronavirus. The palace says the principality’s 62-year-old head of state is continuing to work from his apartment and his state of health is not a cause for concern. No mention is made of the health of his wife, former South African Charlene, Princess of Monaco, or their twins Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques. Albert is being treated by his GP and specialists from the Princess Grace Hospital.

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