Breakfast Edition: 15 October 2015

Breakfast Edition: 15 October 2015

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


DEATHTOLL RISES AFTER M1 BRIDGE COLLAPSE: The death toll has risen to three following yesterday's collapse of a pedestrian bridge under construction at Grayston. Henry Laas, the CEO of Murray & Roberts - the construction company in charge of the project - is on the scene and says that they hope to have the bridge re-opened by this afternoon. The freeway which leads into Sandton, remained closed as investigations into the collapse intensified. Officials from the department of labour were on the scene to probe the cause of the bridge collapse. The remains of the collapsed bridge had not yet been completely removed. Last night the ANC expressed its condolences to the families of the deceased and called for an immediate investigation.

M1 Bridge Traffic Map

JMPD WARNS MOTORISTS NOT TO DRIVE IN YELLOW LANE: Johannesburg metro Police spokesperson Edna Mamonyane has called on commuters to rather stay out of their cars and use public transport, in an effort to ease congestion on the roads. Traffic has been severely affected for several kilometres in all directions of Grayston.

FREE SERVICES TO EASE TRAFFIC: The Gautrain bus services will be free of charge today to encourage public transport. Putco busses from Soweto will also be free, while Johannesburg's Park 'n Ride will also have more busses on the roads. Gautrain spokesperson Barbara Jensen explains.


STUDENTS VOW TO DISRUPT CLASSES AT WITS: While the Wits University plans on resuming with classes this morning, students are threatening to disrupt classes after protesting students dispersed from the campus late last night. Students, lecturers and management were under lock down. The anger is about the proposed 10 % fee increases for next year. However, university authorities said security had been beefed up at all gates and police had been called in to prevent disruptions of lectures, which were expected to resume Thursday morning.

NO MORE TIPS FOR NEW YORK RESTAURANT STAFF: Here's a tip for eating at one of Danny Meyer's restaurants - don't leave one. The restaurateur said Wednesday that all 13 of his New York City eateries will eliminate tipping and raise prices to create a fair wage system for employees. Restaurants in Meyer's Union Square Hospitality Group include the Modern, where the change will start first in late November, as well as Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern and Blue Smoke. The other restaurants will follow suit over the next year. Meyer said a tipping system isn't fair to all restaurant workers, since regulations don't allow for all employees to share in gratuities.



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