Breakfast Edition: 30 November 2015

Breakfast Edition: 30 November 2015

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

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HORROR CRASH IN WESTONARIA: It's not yet officially the festive month and our roads have already claimed several lives in different crashes this weekend. Yesterday 19 people died in a horror incident when a taxi rolled, and burst into flames near Westonaria, killing all 19 people on board. It is understood that 19 people died and four others were critically injured in an incident involving a truck and taxi on the R28 towards Vereeniging about 6 kilometres from Westonaria. ER24 paramedics and other services arrived on scene and found the area in chaos. It is understood that the taxi lost control and the truck collided with it. The Road Traffic Management Corporation's Simon Zwane says they will probe the cause of the crash.

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THREE DIE IN KZN CRASH: A man, woman and two toddlers died and three other patients sustained moderate injuries on the N3 by the Shongweni on ramp earlier this evening. ER24 paramedics and other services arrived on scene and found that a vehicle had rolled multiple times. Patients were scattered across the scene. A child believed to be about 11 years old as well as two other women were treated for their injuries and transported to hospital for further medical care.

The exact cause of the incident is unknown.

WORLD LEADERS GATHER IN PARIS: In Paris, amid extremely high security, US President Barack Obama joined French president, Francois Hollande to pay respects to the victims the attack at the Bataclan concert hall - by walking down the street in front of the building where 89 people died in the November 13 attacks. This walk-about happened hours before the official opening of the UN climate conference - or COP-21 - this morning. 

PRESIDENT JACOB ZUMA ALSO IN PARIS: President Jacob Zuma will also be attending the summit, to push for a legally binding agreement to successfully conclude the mandate agreed upon during Climate talks in Durban in 2011. Presidential spokesperson Bongani Majola explains the importance of the agreement.

President Zuma arrives in Paris
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THOUSANDS OF MINERS FACE LOSING THEIR JOBS: More than a thousand employees of the Exxaro Arnot Coal Mine in Mpumalanga, stand to lose their jobs when the mine's contract with Eskom expires next month. The workers are planning to protest on Wednesday, according to the NUM's Mxolisi Hoboyi. 

JONAH LOMU MEMORIAL: New Zealand yesterday paid tribute to All Black great, Jonah Lomu at All Black rugby's Spiritual Home Ground. Lomu's wife Nadene and their two sons of 5 and 6 attended, wearing black shirts with their dad's number 11, as rugby legends carried the black casket to a Maori mourning chant. Lomu died earlier this month from kidney failure at the age of 40. 

ROYALS RELEASE NEW PICS OF PRINCESS CHARLOTTE: Proud parents Prince William and Duchess Catherine shared the sweet snaps of their six-month-old daughter via the Kensington Palace Twitter page on Sunday. The accompanying message read: "The Duke and Duchess hope everyone enjoys these new photos of Princess Charlotte as much as they do." Princess Charlotte was photographed by her mother at Anmer Hall in Norfolk earlier this month. 



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