The president was in top form, from "commending" Julius Malema and calling Mangosuthu Buthelezi the "voice of reason", to giving a history lesson.
The Employment Services Bill, intended to regulate labour brokers, has been given the green light in the National Assembly.
The contentious Labour Relations Amendment Bill - which deals with labour brokers, among other things - has not been passed for lack of quorum.
Wildcat strikes in the mining sector have set a new trend that could result in the unravelling of the formal system of collective bargaining.
Many companies in South Africa use labour brokers to circumvent labour laws, says Labour Appeal Court Judge President Dunstan Mlambo.
Cosatu has conceded it lost its long-running battle with the ruling party for an outright ban on labour brokers.
The jury has been out on whether the new set of labour-broker laws will benefit thousands of temporary workers, but litigation will soar.
The Congress of South Africa Trade Unions was involved in adopting the decision to regulate labour brokers, says President Jacob Zuma.
Hopes that non-unionists would join Cosatu's march fell a little flat on Wednesday, but the protest nevertheless did show hints of wider appeal.
Julius Malema has told thousands of Cosatu marchers that the ANC must be reminded of the needs of the masses who voted the party into power.
Zwelinzima Vavi and Julius Malema have joined the Cosatu march in Jo'burg against e-tolling and labour brokers, swept up by a swarm of supporters.
Cosatu's call for a labour broker ban has been cast in a new light by research showing a quarter of jobs created since 1994 were filled by brokerages.
Six trade unions signed a three-year wage agreement on Monday, ending a nationwide engineering sector strike.
Teba, an apartheid pariah labour recruitment agency, has reinvented itself with a new focus on community.
SA is proposing sweeping changes to labour law intended to increase job security for temporary workers, but economists have expressed concern.
The ANC kicked off 2011 in confident mode, its president Jacob Zuma declaring to a packed stadium that this year would be the one when job creation would be tackled in earnest.
Trade union Solidarity said on Wednesday that regulation, not a "deathblow", was needed to deal with the issue of labour broking.
The Black Management Forum on Tuesday added support to the move by government to prohibit abusive practices by labour brokers.
Proposed changes to labour laws that aim to end casual-worker brokers are a long way from becoming law, a senior labour department official says.