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

10 Things to Know for Tuesday:

1. Mining company Randgold Resources says it is in talks with the Democratic Republic of Congo government to try and prevent the enactment of a new mining code it thinks will severely stunt the growth of the sector.

2. South Africa’s National Freedom Party (NFP) said on Tuesday it has instructed its MPs to ensure that President Jacob Zuma does not open Parliament this week.

3. The US condemns ongoing violence in Cameroon’s Anglophone regions, including the murder of two Cameroonian gendarmes in the North West Region village of Mbingo, a Cameroonian soldier outside of Bamenda on February 1, an electoral official of Elections Cameroon (ELECAM) in Bangem, and the reported deaths of four civilians in Bamenda and Belo on February 2 and 3.

4. South Africa’s chamber of mines wants to meet with deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, who was recently elected to lead the ruling ANC party, to try and break an impasse over a charter unveiled last year which mining companies believe will hurt the sector, a senior official said on Tuesday.

5. A renegade Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) colonel who had threatened to depose President Joseph Kabila has been extradited from Tanzania and will be prosecuted for rebellion.

6. The African National Congress Women’s League (ANCWL) says it is “saddened by video images of a group of men wearing #Siyavuma t-shirts brutally assaulting women” outside the party’s headquarters, Luthuli House, on Monday.


7. Detectives want to re-interview the 87-year-old widower of Natalie Wood, as new details emerge that could lead authorities to solve the mystery of the actress’s death nearly four decades later.

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8. Ozone holes in the upper atmosphere around Earth’s poles have been healing in recent years, but they are not recovering at lower populated latitudes, a scientific study published on Tuesday said.

9. The trial against two men charged with the murder of 12-year-old Aliya “Angel” Tee will resume in the Port Elizabeth High Court on Tuesday.

Nealon Redhouse and Deon Harmse
File photo: Raahil Sain/ ANA


10. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) are set to continue their talks on forming a new German government on Tuesday after failing to agree despite a weekend deadline being extended.

Did you know?

Today is the day of the Crêpe. Jour des crêpes is associated with the Catholic feast of Candlemas. On this day households all over France make crêpes. This is because it is believed that crêpes symbolize prosperity.

– African News Agency (ANA)