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Vavi's call for worker unity, the Tsotsi step down at Eskom, Praise for Noah

Vavi's call for worker unity

Midday Report Host Stephen Grootes on this story: ousted Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) Secretary General Zwelinzima Vavi has told his supporters not to mourn but to organise. Last night the trade union federation’s Central Executive Committee (CEC) voted overwhelmingly to dismiss him from his post after Vavi said on Sunday he would not attend the meeting in an act of deliberate defiance. Vavi simply tweeted, ‘Don’t mourn, organise’. He must have been expecting this decision and he would have known that with his supporters outside this meeting, the numbers would always be overwhelmingly against him. But this must also be an emotional moment. Vavi has been a part of Cosatu for almost all of its existence. At the same time, this decision by the trade union federation’s CEC sets the stage for other political changes and could give plans for a new political movement some serious momentum.

Eskom's Tsotsi steps down

Eyewitness News on this story: after much speculation, the power utility has confirmed its chairman Zola Tsotsi has stepped down. In a brief statement released this morning, the parastatal says a constructive discussion was held between Eskom's board and Tsotsi, who has agreed to step down as both a director and chairperson. On behalf of the board, Doctor Ben Ngubane has thanked Tsotsi for what he’s called ‘the selfless decision’ and has wished him well in his future endeavours. Ahead of the meeting yesterday, Tsotsi said he’d done nothing wrong. His future at Eskom was to be determined at the board meeting following allegations he interfered with daily operations and took executive decisions. Tsotsi announced earlier this month Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona and three other executives had been asked to step aside for the duration of an independent inquiry.

Praise for Noah - Mzantsi's next big international star

EWN's Masego Rahlaga on this story: Monday’s announcement that Trevor Noah is taking over The Daily Show has been welcomed as a step that will once again put South Africa on the map and showcase the best of local talent. Messages of congratulations from fellow comedians and government officials poured in for Noah who has been named as the new host of The Daily Show. The 31-year-old Soweto-born funny man will take over from current host Jon Stewart on the world-famous show when he retires later this year. Stewart announced his retirement last month after 15 years as the host. The Daily Show confirmed the news on their Twitter account:

Noah has made only three appearances alongside Stewart as a Senior International Correspondent for the Daily Show, receiving rousing applause from the audience. The news about Noah's new gig broke just as African National Congress Secretary General Gewde Mantshe held a briefing at Luthuli House on Monday afternoon. Mantashe said he was proud of Noah: “I have no problem with comedians and I congratulate him.” Fellow comedian John Vlismas said Noah's new role would put South Africa on the map: “It’s fantastic and the best thing to ever happen to South African comedy and the best achievement for the country’s comics.”

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