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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 Wednesday:

1. Joburg Mayor Herman Mashaba said on Wednesday that he had caught out 31 officials who allegedly received about R2.7 million in kickbacks from a single service provider registered on the City’s and Municipal Owned Entities (MOEs) database.

2. The Gauteng Provincial Legislature’s (GPL) Portfolio Committee on Cooperative Governance (COGTA) and Human Settlements will on Thursday launch an inquiry into the housing backlog in the province.

3. The main opposition Democratic Alliance party has called on the South African Reserve Bank (Sarb) to investigate allegations that the country’s fourth-largest bank was operating as a “loan shark”.

4. An African National Congress (ANC) councillor from Nelson Mandela Bay is expected to appear in the Port Elizabeth Commercial Crimes Court on Tuesday, for allegedly pocketing a portion of donation money meant for a non-governmental organisation rendering service for the elderly.

Source: ANA

 

5. South Africa and Uganda on Tuesday, committed to facilitating trade and investment flows between the two African countries as contained in the Trade Agreement signed in 2002 and in keeping with the principles of the Tripartite Free Trade Area (T-FTA) negotiations, South Africa’s department of trade and industry (dti) said.

Source: Supplied

 

6. Gauteng Premier David Makhura told the Life Esidimeni arbitration hearings into the deaths of 144 mentally ill patients that former member of the executive council (MEC) of health Qedani Mahlangu was oblivious and told him the deaths were normal when he asked for an explanation about the number of people dying.

7. Eleven traffic officers were arrested for alleged corruption in Mokopane, Limpopo, the Road Traffic Management Corporation said on Tuesday.

8. Cape Town Deputy Mayor, Ian Neilson on Tuesday said Day Zero could be avoided if residents continued to use 50 litres of water per day.

9. President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to keep open the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, marking a formal reversal of his predecessor’s eight-year effort to shut it down.

Source: AP

 

10. Officials say three people were killed and two more injured when a helicopter crashed into a home in a suburban Southern California neighbourhood.

– African News Agency (ANA)