PHOTO OF THE DAY A man uses a donkey to carry goods in Lamu, Kenya. (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 Thursday:

1. The City of Johannesburg will on Thursday morning hold a memorial service for two female metro police officers who were fatally run over by a drunk driver at a roadblock they were manning in Fourways.

2. S&P Global said late on Wednesday its BB/Stable/B rating on South Africa’s Capitec Bank was not affected by a report from U.S. research group Viceroy, which accused the financial house of reckless lending.

3. The South African parliament’s portfolio committee on public enterprises will on Thursday visit power utility Eskom’s head office as part of its oversight role on the embattled state-owned company.

4. South African President Jacob Zuma’s lawyers on Wednesday night, filed papers to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) explaining why he should not face fraud and corruption charges, according to a report.

5. South Africa’s Health Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi shed tears on Wednesday, as he apologised to family members of the mentally ill patients who died after being transferred from Life Esidimeni to unlicensed non-governmental organisations.

Source: ANA


6. Eskom’s head of generation Matshela Koko on Wednesday confirmed that he was suspended from South Africa’s power utility.

7. Thursday marks a year’s since South Africa’s Health Ombudsman, Professor Malegapuru Makgoba, released his final report to the public on the 144 mentally ill patients who died after being transferred from Life Esidimeni facilities into the care of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) across Gauteng.

8. President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday, congratulated South African Reserve Bank Governor, Lesetja Kganyago, for winning the Central Banking Governor of the Year 2018 Award.

Source: ANA


9. The Kiribati ferry believed to have sunk in the Pacific was carrying 22 school children, officials from the Pacific Island told local media on Thursday.

10. An appeals court in Cambodia has for the second time denied a request for the release on bail of opposition leader Kem Sokha, who has been charged with treason.

– African News Agency (ANA)