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. Djibouti President Ismael Omar Guelleh’s ruling party has claimed a resounding victory in Friday’s parliamentary elections in Djibouti, taking nearly 90 percent of seats after the opposition largely boycotted the poll, AFP reported.
2. The South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) on Tuesday condemned the cabinet reshuffle announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday night, saying the changes showed that the ruling African National Congress (ANC) was now “terminally sick” and divided.
3. South Africa’s rand was largely steady against the dollar on Tuesday, hours after President Cyril Ramaphosa removed some ministers implicated in graft in a late night reshuffle while reappointing others controversially fired by his predecessor.
4. Zimbabwe will hold elections to chose a new president between 21 July and 22 August this year, the country’s electoral body has announced.
5. Newly appointed South African Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene should ensure that the increase in value-added tax announced in the 2018 budget last week is not implemented, the South African Municipal Workers Union said on Tuesday.
6. Former South African head of the property group Sotheby’s International Realty, Jason Rohde, is expected back in the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday, where he is on trial for the murder of his wife, Susan.
7. Eight members of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) will be sworn in as new Members of Parliament from Tuesday afternoon.
8. Former finance minister Pravin Gordhan was announced as South Africa’s new public enterprises minister on Monday, in a late-night Cabinet reshuffle by President Cyril Ramaphosa.
9. The Bank of Agriculture will soon open more offices in states with a large number of rice farmers to ease access to its facilities, according to its Director-General, Alhji Kabir Adamu.
10. UN agencies have raised the alarm of food crisis in South Sudan, projecting that about 6.3 million people are facing food insecurity one year after famine was declared in parts of the country.
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– African News Agency (ANA)