Waterbucks are seen at Hwange National Park in Matabeleland North Province, Zimbabwe, Feb. 21, 2018. Located in the northwest corner of the country, the national park is the largest in Zimbabwe, occupying around 14,650 square kilometres. (Xinhua/Chen Yaqin)

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. International donors have raised half a billion dollars for a multi-national military operation in West Africa’s Sahel region.

2. At least two people have been killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) capital Kinshasa and the western city of Mbandaka, and dozens more injured across the country, following clashes between security forces and protesters, Reuters reported.

3. The United Nations mission in South Sudan says it has recalled a 46-member peacekeeping police unit after some members allegedly paid local women living in a protection camp for sex.

4. The Nigerian air force has deployed additional air assets to the north-east of the country to help search for 110 schoolgirls missing after an attack on their school by suspected members of Islamist militant group Boko Haram, Reuters reported.

5. Madagascar’s former president, Marc Ravalomanana, has been nominated as African Person of the Year 2017 for Political Leadership.


6. Mother-tongue languages are now set to be rolled out to more than 250 schools across the Western Cape, the Democratic Alliance (DA) has announced.

7. A 16 -year-old teenager and his 37-year-old father have been arrested after the teenager shot and wounded a fellow school pupil at a school near Thohoyandou, allegedly with an illegal firearm belonging to his father, Limpopo police said on Sunday.

8. Armed security staff employed by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) to escort train drivers on duty were attacked and came under fire by a group of unknown armed men in Philippi, Samora Machel, in Cape Town on Sunday morning, Prasa said.

9. The African National Congress will ensure there will not be any “anxiety” about the appointment of a new deputy president, after former incumbent Cyril Ramaphosa was elected president of the republic on February 15, ANC secretary general Ace Magashule said on Sunday.

10. Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille says she remains focused on clearing her name through the Democratic Alliance’s disciplinary hearing processes and on governing the City of Cape Town.

Today’s Highlight in History:

Judge Essa Moosa passes away

Essa Moosa was born in District Six, Cape Town on 8 February 1936. He was a judge in the Supreme Court of South Africa.

– African News Agency (ANA)