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

Breakfast Edition: 9 March 2016

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


PROTEST IN PRETORIA WEST: Tshwane Metro Police confirmed a protest in the Hercules area in PTA this morning. According to spokesperson Isaac Mahamba their member arrived on the scene and found various streets being blockaded with burning tyres. TMPD officials have urged motorists to avoid the Daspoort tunnel (R55) as well as Van Der Hoff and Bremer streets. Mahamba said protesters have blockaded sections of these roads with burning tyres adding that they have not yet been able to establish the reason for the protest. Mahamba also confirmed that police are on the scene in the Hercules area.

IEC SAYS POTENTIAL VOTERS DOUBLED: In the run up to the municipal elections, the amount of first time potential voters who registered have more than doubled. IEC chairman, Vuma Mashinini hoped this trend will continue during the second registration weekend on the 9th and 10th of April. Samkele Maseko reports.

IEC adds 48 voting stations ahead of the weekend'd registration
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TRUMP AND CLINTON WIN THEIR PARTY PRIMARIES: Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton each won their party primaries in Mississippi, US networks said Tuesday, cementing their frontrunner status in the White House nomination race. "Thank you Mississippi!" tweeted the billionaire real estate mogul as results came in from the southern state. John Kasich was projected to have taken second place in Mississippi, followed by Texas senator Ted Cruz and -- far behind -- Florida Senator Marco Rubio.

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TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE: A total solar eclipse swept across the vast Indonesian archipelago on Wednesday, witnessed by tens of thousands of sky gazers and marked by parties, Muslim prayers and tribal rituals. The moon began to move between the Earth and sun at 6:19 am (2319 GMT Tuesday), and about an hour later direct sunlight was entirely blocked out in western parts of the country, authorities said. The total eclipse was set to move in a broad arc right across the archipelago, to the eastern Maluku Islands, before sweeping out across the Pacific Ocean. Partial eclipses were also visible over other parts of Asia and Australia.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BARBIE: Poor Barbie. She had plastic surgery to become more socially acceptable. But a lot of her critics still don't like her. Barbie's manufacturer, Mattel, announced Thursday that the doll has three new body types - curvy, tall and petite. Barbie will also now come in seven skin tones, 22 eye colours and 24 hairstyles. Mattel spokeswoman Michelle Chidoni said the product is evolving to "offer more choices" to make "the line more reflective of the world girls see around them." In 1985 the artist Andy Warhol created a painting of Barbie.


IS JON SNOW DEAD? Fans desperate to know the fate of "Game of Thrones" hero Jon Snow must surely have their answer in a new trailer released Tuesday -- and it's not looking good for the felled warrior. Played by the 29-year-old British actor Kit Harington, Snow was stabbed by mutinous followers at the end of season five, sparking months of heated debate on social media about whether he really had met his end. HBO's first full season six trailer opens and closes with what appears to be a lifeless Snow where we left him, his body lying prone in a puddle of his own blood.


WARNING: The South African Weather Service issued a warning of possible heavy rain falls and localised flooding over parts of Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and the North West. Weather SA's Elizabeth Webster.

Weather Today 9 March 2016



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