Breakfast Edition: 1 October 2015

Breakfast Edition: 1 October 2015

WATCH & LISTEN: Here's a recap of this morning's top news stories.

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GENERAL RIAH PHIYEGA ANNOUNCES MASS PROMOTION WITHIN SAPS: Following the release of the annual crime statistics that showed an increase in violent crimes, police commissioner Riah Phiyega has announced mass promotions within the Force. About 7,000 constables and sergeants would be promoted this financial year, while another 7,000 in the same ranks would be promoted in the next financial year.

Phiyega denied the promotions were aimed at rectifying rumours of demoralisation in the police force, she said they were too recognize good work. She also announced that Phalaphala Avhashoni Ramikosi had been appointed as the SAPS chief financial officer, with the rank of lieutenant general. Ramikosi previously worked at Price Waterhouse Cooper, Rand Investment Bank, Standard Bank, South African Revenue Service and is currently a director at auditing company Sekelaxabiso. Silindelo Masekane reports.

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LEADERS JOIN ANTI-CORRUPTION MARCH IN PRETORIA: Wednesday's anti-corruption marches in Pretoria and Cape Town are likely to be the first of many. Not since 1994 have so many political parties, unions, civil organisations and religious leaders gathered together in unison against one common cause - according to sacked Cosatu secretary general, Zwelinzima Vavi. As Maryke Vermaak reports, Vavi addressed thousands of people who joined yesterday's march to the Union Buildings. 

ECO MOBILITY WALK: The Sandton Eco-mobility initiative to bring limitations on vehicle travel in the Sandton CBD will have a test-run today. Jo'burg Mayor, Parks Tau is expected to announce more details about the march and why they chose the month of October for the event. Jo'burg Traffic's Lisa Seftel explains that preparations are on-going.

UMALUSI IS READY FOR MATRIC EXAMS: The Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education and Training, Umalusi, says they are ready for this year's matric final exams and will not tolerate group copying or irregularities in 2015 exams. According to Umalusi CEO, Dr Mafu Ramoketsi, there will be severe consequences.

FOURIE DU PREEZ TO LEAD THE SPRINGBOKS: There has been a lot of discussion this morning after veteran scrum-half, Fourie du Preez was yesterday named as the new captain of the Springbok squad to take on Scotland in their World Cup group match on Saturday. Heyneke Meyer listed a number of reasons why he believes Fourie is the man for the job. 

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BOTTLE BOYS MAKE MUSIC: Have you ever heard of the Bottle Boys? Well, they are musicians who came up with a unique and interesting way of making music. These guys create beautiful music using old glass bottles. They did a retake of a Lion King song.



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