Breakfast Edition: 24 November 2015

Breakfast Edition: 24 November 2015

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

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ZUMA CALLS FOR UNITY WITHIN COSATU: Cosatu must emerged more united from its 12th national congress, President Jacob Zuma said on Monday. "We cannot achieved the genuine unity of the alliance if we do not comprehend where it comes from," Zuma told delegates in Midrand, Johannesburg. He said the alliance was like a spear and a shield. The one is used to fight and the other to defend. "These two are ought to be together, you cannot have only one. If you have only the spear without the shield, you are in trouble…" He said the alliance remained relevant today and needed each other because the onslaught against the working class was big. "The ANC remains biased to the workers. The ANC fought to liberate this country," Zuma said.

DAY 2 OF COSATU CONGRESS: It is day 2 of the 12th Cosatu National Congress and five of the six Cosatu leadership positions have already been decided. Sumo Dlamini will be retaining his position as president even though this will only be formalised at the end of the congress. The only contested position of deputy general secretary will remain open until 10am today and by default those nominated for the uncontested spots would ultimately win position. Maryke Vermaak explains. 

WASTE WORKERS STRIKE: Workers of the Jo'burg waste removal company, Pick-it-Up went on an unprotected work stoppage yesterday afternoon and it is still not known if they will report for duty today. The company's Jacky Mashapu however says they have put measures in place to ensure that the waste removal service to residents would not be disrupted. He says they don't know why workers are unhappy.


MATRIC EXAM LEAK SPREADS: As the 2015 matric final exams nears the end there is still no indication if the second Life Science paper that was leaked in Limpopo, would be re-written. The Department of Basic Education's Elijah Mhlanga confirmed that the paper was also leaked to students in Gauteng and Mpumalanga - but only a handful. 


WIZARD OF OZ DRESS SELLS FOR MILLIONS: A dress worn by Hollywood screen siren Judy Garland in "The Wizard of Oz" as the character Dorothy sold for $1.56 million in New York on Monday, Bonhams auction house said. The dress was chief highlight in a sale of nearly 400 pieces of Hollywood memorabilia organized by the auction house and Turner Classic Movies that netted total sales of more than $4 million. The "Dorothy" dress went to one of three phone bidders, smashing its pre-sale estimate of $800,000 to $1.2 million, Bonhams said. "The dress is considered a true and timeless icon of classic Hollywood," she added.

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RUBBIKS CUBE WORLD RECORD:  It seems every couple of months, a new prodigy breaks the record for solving the infamous Rubik's cube. Lucas Cube is the latest young puzzle master to break the world record and somehow solved the classic cube-puzzle in less than 5 seconds.



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