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# Cosatu insists that Bafana’s Swaziland game should be cancelled

# A woman gives birth to a premature baby in a Johannesburg park

# And, some cellphone users complain of a rash

# Cosatu is demanding that Safa call off Bafana Bafana’s friendly match against Swaziland, planned for next Friday in Mbabane. Patrick Craven says the demand is in line with the federation’s strong support for the cultural boycott of what he describes as King Mswati’s brutal, monarchist dictatorship. Craven adds that the cancellation of the match will send a powerful message to Mswati…


# A woman gave birth to a baby boy in Franklin Roosevelt Park in Johannesburg this afternoon. The mother in her early twenties unexpectedly went into labour. Emergency services say they arrived on the scene just in time to assist the new-born and his mother. ER24 paramedic Vanessa Jackson says mother and child are receiving postnatal care in hospital…


# In Mpumalanga, five young men lost their lives in a horrific accident on the N-11 near Ermelo this afternoon. Paramedics say the car carrying the men, aged between 18 and 25, seemed to have burst open after colliding head-on with a bakkie. The driver of the bakkie sustained multiple critical injuries.

# Cricket…The Proteas batsmen picked up their pace well in the third ODI against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi to end their innings on 259 for eight. Faf du Plessis and JP Duminy both scored half-centuries. Mohammad Irfan took three wickets and Saeed Ajmal and Shahid Afridi weighed in with two each. Pakistan got off to a flyer, scoring 37 without loss in five overs. Quinton de Kock is behind the wickets, instead of AB de Villiers.

# Now for NewsFlash’s regular Midweek Minute…Experts warn that speaking endlessly on your cellphone can lead to an allergic reaction. Pharma Dynamics says their allergy helpline is receiving an increasing number of calls from people enquiring about a rash on their jaw line. Spokesperson Mariska Fouche says people complain about itchy, red bumps and blisters…

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# Finance news is that the US dollar is trading at 10-Rands-23-cent and the euro at 13-Rands-84-cents. One British pound costs 16-Rands-43-cents. Gold is selling at 1319-dollars-27-cents a fine ounce and Brent crude oil is quoted at 105-dollars-86-cents a barrel.

# And finally…US singer Katy Perry is puzzled about action against her latest album following a bio-security investigation by Australia’s Agriculture Department. The source of the problem is flower seeds from Western Australia that Katy included in the album’s packaging. According to ABC News, the Australian produced CD’s have been cleared for sale, but officers have been instructed to confiscate the seeds from international CD’s.

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# Johannesburg City Power officials cleared on corruption charges
# Ten lions players in the Wales team to face the Springboks
# And give a thought for terrified animals on Guy Fawkes

# Top officials at City Power Johannesburg have been cleared of all allegations of fraud and corruption by an independent review panel. The utility board’s chairman, Frank Chikane, says the review panel made up of three Johannesburg Bar advocates probed allegations of irregularities during the procurement processes for the awarding of the contract for new prepaid meters. Chikane told reporters at a news conference the investigation was thorough …


# The Legal Aid Board will appeal against the South Gauteng High Court’s ruling that it must pay the legal fees of miners who testify at the Farlam commission of enquiry into the Marikana massacre. City Press reports that the board argues that the court did not take into account its financial position. The board said earlier that money meant for ordinary court cases will now have to go to the miners. The commission is investigating the death of dozens of people when the police opened fire on striking miners at Marikana in North-West in August last year.

# The strike at South African Breweries has ended after the food workers’ union Fawu accepted an increase of seven per cent. Workers were on strike for more than a month seeking an increase of nine-percent. They rejected a prior SAB offer, which they say amounted to an increase of 4.2 percent with added bonuses that couldn’t be guaranteed. The increase is retroactive to July 1. According to reports the strike was characterized by violence and intimidation.

# The City of Cape Town says the sewage spill into Milnerton lagoon is under control. However, members of the public are advised to refrain from any activities on or in the lagoon until further notice. The Koeberg waste water facility reportedly flooded itself, and leaked the sewage at a weak point in a new pipe line that is under construction. Councillor Ernest Sonnenberg says the water is being treated…


# Rugby: The word coming out of Cardiff is that Warren Gatland has named ten British and Irish squad members in Wales’ squad for Saturday’s test against the Springboks, at the Millenium Stadium. Sam Warburton will captain the current Six Nations champions. According to Supersport Gatland expects a tough battle against the Springboks, who impressed in this year’s Rugby Championship against New Zealand, Australia and Argentina. Heyneke Meyer will announce the Bok squad tomorrow.

# Finance news is that the US dollar is trading at 10-Rands-26-cents and the euro at 13-Rands-82-cents. One British pound costs 16-Rands-46-cents. Gold is selling at 1316-dollars-62-cents a fine ounce and Brent crude oil is quoted at 106-dollars-22-cents a barrel.

# And finally, Animal lovers and owners are urged to keep their pets indoors for tonight’s Guy Fawkes celebrations. Guy Fawkes historically attempted to assassinate England’s King George by blowing up the House of Lords with gun powder in 1605 to restore a Catholic monarch to the throne. Today people celebrate his death and failed attempt with fireworks and crackers. The National SPCA’s Jaco Pieterse says the noise has a devastating effect on animals …


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