Breakfast Edition: 5 February 2016

Breakfast Edition: 5 February 2016

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


TALKS AT TUT COLLAPSE: Workers at the Tshwane University of Technology have vowed to fight for their #OutSourcingMustFall cause, while the unversity unsists classes are going ahead as normal.  TUT management yesterday hoped to finalize an agreement, drawn up by a task team, whereby the insourcing of workers would happen over a three year period. The minimum starting salary was proposed to be five thousand rand. But, according to TUT, workers returned to the talks with a new set of demands that would not be affordable or sustainable. Workers' Representative, Vusi Mahlangu says it was up to the workers to determine the next step.

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COSATU READY TO FIGHT FOR WORKERS: Cosatu's strike action is set to kick-off on Friday unless the newly signed Tax Amendment Bill - which impacts on pension funds - is scrapped. The trade union federation's Bheki Ntshalitshali briefed media yesterday after its Special Central Executive Committee meeting on the bill. As Maryke Vermaak reports, COSATU's message was clear: workers are ready to fight. 

POOR AFFECTED BY ESKOM INCREASE: The SA Local Government Association said Eskom's application for extra funds will mostly impact the poor, who simply cannot afford to pay more. A second day of public hearings is set to be held in Midrand. Eskom is seeking price hikes would see rates increase by 16% - more than double the 8% NERSA has agreed to. Samkele Maseko reports.

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MALEMA FIERY AS EVER: The EFF leader, Julius Malema has called on South Africans to march to the Constitutional Court on Tuesday when the court was expected to give clarity on president Jacob Zuma's paying back of money spent on non-security upgrades to his private home in Nkandla. As Silindelo Masekane reports, Malema was fiery as ever, vowing to fight for a corruption-free government.

SONA LOGISTICS TO BE REVEALED: The secretary to Parliament, Gengezi Mgidlana, is due to brief the media on Friday on the logistics for hosting this year's State of the Nation Address (Sona). On Monday, Mgidlana said that the country's security forces had given their assurance that all their high-level measures and actions during Sona would be "within the ambit of the law". This follows last year's drama where cell phone signals were jammed and Economic Freedom Fighters MPs were forcibly removed after they refused to leave following an order from the presiding officer.

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ELTON JOHN'S IMPROMPTU PERFORMANCE AT A TRAIN STATION: Sir Elton John stunned travellers with a surprise performance at a London railway station yesterday afternoon. The 'Rocket Man' singer has donated a piano to St. Pancras International station and made sure to "christen" the instrument with a brief instrumental appearance.

VIR ALTYD MOVIE PREMIER: Afrikaans actors, singers, writers and producers attended the Vir Altyd movie premiere in Johannesburg last night. The love story was shot in Mauritius and promises to take movie goers on a love adventure. Entertainment guru, MornéJK was on the red carpet.



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