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Daily Podcast – November 25, 2015

Daily Podcast – November 25, 2015

25th November 2015

By: Schalk Burger
Creamer Media Senior Contributing Editor


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November 25, 2015.
For Creamer Media in Johannesburg, I’m Schalk Burger.
Making headlines:

Cosatu's biggest affiliate wants Cyril Ramaphosa for president


IS militants claim hotel attack that killed 7 people in Egypt's Sinai.

And, Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel says South Africa invests R1 billion a day in infrastructure.



Cosatu’s biggest affiliate, Nehawu has supported the proposal that the trade union federation endorse Cyril Ramaphosa as the ANC’s next president.

Nehawu, along with the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa, the SA Clothing and Textile Workers' Union and the SA Transport and Allied Workers' Union, agreed with the proposal raised from the floor at Cosatu's national congress in Midrand, Johannesburg.

The National Union of Mineworkers didn’t directly back the call, but said ANC traditions on leadership should be respected.

The Cosatu congress is expected to finalise its resolutions today.


Islamic State's Egyptian branch claimed responsibility for a bombing that killed at least seven people in a hotel in North Sinai on Tuesday where judges overseeing a parliamentary election were staying.

The Health Ministry said a suicide bomber broke into the hotel restaurant and blew himself up. A gunman also entered the guest rooms area and killed a judge. Seventeen people were wounded.

The group had carried out similar attacks in the region as part of its bid to topple the Cairo government.

Egyptian elections are monitored by the judiciary with judges running polling stations, observing the voting and counting ballots.


The South African government will use instruments such as tariff hikes to protect jobs in sectors threatened by imports, Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel said yesterday.

Addressing scores of delegates at the Cosatu congress in Midrand, Patel presented a state of the economy since the labour federation’s last congress in 2012.

Patel said government would “aggressively” use tariffs to save jobs. He said government had imposed tariff increases for, among others, mussels, pasta, chicken, offal, wheat, windscreens and car batteries  to save South African jobs.

He said 1.2-million jobs were created since the last Cosatu congress and 1.8-million people entered the job market. Sectors which created the most jobs were construction, government and business. However, there were job losses in manufacturing, he said.

Also making headlines:

National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete has vowed to crack down on striking Nehawu workers if they disrupted any of Parliament’s business again after a sitting was abandoned when they burst into the House yesterday.

And, the ruling party said Parliament’s National Assembly programme would be extended by two days to make up for lost time.

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That’s a roundup of news making headlines today


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