Breakfast Edition: 7 October 2015

Breakfast Edition: 7 October 2015

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

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COSATU ORGANISES COUNTRYWIDE MARCH: Members of Cosatu and its affiliates will be marching all over the country today to mark the International Day of Decent Work and in support of a moratorium on job-cuts. The Gauteng march in Johannesburg will also again state Cosatu's opposition to the e-toll system and demand for reliable public transport. 

Marches are also to take place in Mbombela, Polokwane, Rustenburg, Cape Town, Durban, Kimberley and Bloemfontein with more marches in several smaller towns. In the Johannesburg CBD, the thousands are expected to gather at the Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown and march to Premier's Office, Telkom and Chamber of Mines from 9am this morning. As Maryke Vermaak reports, the marches are protected as it's recognised by Nedlac. 

ZUMA ASSURES THAT AFRIKAANS IS PROTECTED: President Jacob Zuma has given the assurance that Afrikaans  - like all other African languages  - is protected by language policies. This follows a historical meeting with several university Vice chancellors in Pretoria yesterday to discuss ongoing violence on university campuses. The meeting agreed to set up a task team to deal with several issues boiling over into violence, as Silindelo Masakane reports.

HIGHER FUEL PRICES THIS AM: The new fuel prices for October kicked in at midnight. Petrol saw only marginal ups and downs, but diesel is between 51 cents and 53 cents a litre more expensive. And, this morning, the International oil price is above the $50 a barrel mark for the first time in months, trading at $52.16 per Barrel of Brent. Efficient Group Chief economist, Dawie Roodt gives his take on the spike in the oil price.



HAPPY BIRTHDAY TUTU: After weeks in hospital and worries over his health, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu celebrates his 84th birthday today. His condition has improved to such an extent that he is hoping to attend the 5th annual Desmond Tutu lecture at the Cape Town University this evening where Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela will deliver the keynote address. Cape Town Executive Mayor, Patricia De Lille visited the Tutus for tea at their Milnerton home on Tuesday morning.

TAKE CARE OUT THERE: The South African Weather Service warns that the current heatwave conditions in especially northern Gauteng and surrounding provinces will linger longer than expected. Meteorologist, Puseletso Mofokeng says it's very important not to take the heat too lightly. He has some tips to beat the heat.

SHE CAN'T STOP SNEEZING: Probably the worst news ever and you wouldn't want it to happen to you. For more than three weeks, a 12-year-old girl from Texas in the US has been sneezing constantly at a rate of 20 times per minute. Doctors are baffled and can't find a cure but music helps, a little.

TOP 5 INSTAGRAM PHOTOS: Time magazine has announced the top 5 Instagram photos of all time and love them or hate them, but the Kardashian-Jenner clan took up three spots on the list. Here are the top 5 Instagram photos of all time.

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