PHOTO OF THE DAY A supermoon at a beach in Lamu, Kenya. Supermoon is the phenomenon whereby the moon appears particularly large in the sky owing to the coincidence of its closest approach to the earth (the perigee) with a full (or new) moon. (Xinhua/John Okoyo)

International & Local News summed up in 10 snappy points so that you can keep your finger on the pulse!

10 Things to Know for Monday:

1. The South African mining industry said on Monday that it was taking safety issues very seriously and was concerned about accidents at the mines in the country.

2. Kenya’s post-election political crisis lurches on with the country’s Communications Authority refusing to abide by a court order to allow several television stations to resume broadcasting after they were taken off air for attempting to broadcast the mock inauguration of opposition leader Raila Odinga.

3. A ship carrying a 22 Indian crew and 13,500 tons of gasoline is missing in the Gulf of Guinea, after contact was lost in Benin, according to the company which owns the vessel and India’s minister of external affairs.

4. An Italian right-wing extremist who is being investigated for multiple counts of attempted murder, with aggravating circumstances involving “racial hatred”, is lucid and knows what he did, AP on Monday reported Italian police saying.

5. A little-acknowledged tragedy in South Sudan’s five-year civil war is that child kidnappings between clans have increased as people become more desperate amid widespread hunger and a devastated economy, AP on Monday reported human rights groups stating.

6. South Africa’s chamber of mines is more optimistic about the future of mining in the country after the ruling ANC party’s conference last year which elected deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa as its leader, CEO Roger Baxter said on Monday.


7. The City of Johannesburg has announced the launch of “Operation Buya Mthetho” on Monday to “enforce by-laws and to bring back the rule of law”.

8. The Israeli authorities have begun distributing deportation notices to thousands of African refugees and migrants, who have been threatened with jail if they do not leave the country, the UK Independent reported.

9. President Jacob Zuma has stubbornly refused to quit as head of state and has instead dared his African Nation Congress (ANC) colleagues to remove him “if they have the power to do so” media reports said on Monday.

10. A 13-year-old girl allegedly raped by eight men including an Imam is said to be five months pregnant with twins in Kubau Local Government, Kaduna State.

– African News Agency (ANA)