Breakfast Edition: 2 December 2015

Breakfast Edition: 2 December 2015

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

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CORRUPTION IS A MAJOR ISSUE FOR SOUTH AFRICANS: Corruption is a major issue for South Africans. According to the latest African edition of the Global Corruption Barometer, launched by Transparency International,  58^% OF Africans believe that corruption has increased over the past year, while in South Africa more than 83%  believe that corruption is on the rise. According to the report, in South Africa, 79% of the respondents stated that the government is doing badly in fighting corruption, while citizens of countries like Botswana, Lesotho, Senegal and Burkino Faso see low levels of corruption in their public institutions. 

ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT STILL A STRUGGLE: As thousands of matriculants are due to enter the labour market the Small Business Minister, Lindiwe Zulu says the youth's biggest struggle today is economic empowerment. She delivered the key-note address at the second "Step-Up for Start-up" entrepreneurial awards in Joburg last night. Silindelo Masikane reports.



OSCAR WILL KNOW HIS FATE: Oscar Pistorius should know tomorrow, whether or not his culpable homicide conviction will be upheld or overturned by the Supreme Court of Appeal. The court is expected to deliver its judgement then on the State's appeal to have the conviction concerted to that of murder - which carries a minimum sentence of 15 years. Pistorius, who is currently serving the rest of his 5 year sentence under house arrest, does not have to be in court - when the judgement is read, according to Advocate Mannie Witz. 

For more about Oscar Pistorius' time in jail, CLICK HERE.

SA HOSTAGE STILL ALIVE: Gift of the Givers released a statement this morning stating that they have made contact with Al Qaeda in Mali. According to the release, the terrorist group released two videos of the two hostages that they are holding captive: South African, Stephen McGown, and Swede, Johan Gustafsson. The hostages were captured four years ago and the aid organisation's negotiator in Mali, Mohamed Yehia Dicko, went to Bamako on the fourth anniversary of the hostages being taken captive. Al Qaeda released footage showing that the hostages are still alive.

GANGSTERS GO CAROLING: With the Festive Month now in full swing, in the US a group of "gangsters" took to the streets of suburbia to sing to their neighbours. First the residents are reluctant to open the door until the guys start singing. Take a look!

TOP BABY NAMES FOR 2015: Baby released their annual list of most popular baby names, and while names like Sophia, Jackson and Liam come as no surprise, it's the ones lower on the list that are making headlines. Under the TOP 10 names are ones inspired by Instagram. Yes, Lux, Ludwig and Juno seem to be popular monikers.


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