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Daily podcast - November 5, 2009

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5th November 2009

By: Amy Witherden

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Thursday, November 5, 2009
From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, I'm Brad Dubbelman.
Making headlines:
South African President Jacob Zuma would sign bilateral agreements and inspect oil projects in Equatorial Guinea during a visit to the country yesterday.
Zuma's visit coincided with Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo's release of four South African mercenaries that were jailed for a foiled 2004 coup led by former British special forces officer Simon Mann, who was also pardoned.
Zuma's office said that the trip was aimed at strengthening ties between the two countries. South Africa wants to promote economic relations in the areas of agriculture, mining, energy, tourism and infrastructure development, the South African Presidency said, adding that talks would also take place over strengthening democracy. Pretoria has denied intervening in the release of the South African nationals.

Regional leaders are holding a summit in Mozambique today hoping to prevent the collapse of Zimbabwe's unity government, threatened by the most severe political standoff since it was formed in February.
Swaziland's King Mswati III, Mozambican President Armando Guebuza, Zambian President Rupiah Banda and South African President Jacob Zuma hope that the talks will persuade Zimbabwean leaders to bury their differences.
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai are expected to attend the Southern African Development Community (SADC) summit.
Human Rights Watch has urged SADC leaders to press Mugabe's Zanu-PF to end what it calls "ongoing human rights abuses".

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Violations of core worker rights such as freedom to organise unions and to strike are a feature of life in the five-country Southern African Customs Union (Sacu), according to the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC).
The ITUC, which represents 170-million workers in 158 countries, says that current law across Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland "limits the right to organise and restricts collective bargaining instead of promoting it."
The report focused on the four smaller Sacu members rather than South Africa itself, whose African National Congress government has close links with the Congress of South African Trade Unions. Brussels-based ITUC said that the worst offender in the region is Swaziland.

Also making headlines:
Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba tells a Brussels conference that partnerships are needed to fight child pornography.
US Deputy Treasury Secretary Neal Wolin says that the Group of 20 will look at how to unwind economic stimulus packages.
Minister of Higher Education and Training Blade Nzimande says that the controversial sector education and training authorities are here to stay.
And, International Criminal Court prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo is to meet with Kenyan leaders over the prosecution of those behind last year's devastating post election violence.
That's a roundup of news making headlines today.

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