Newsbreak

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Award-winning Current Affairs and news talk show bringing you topical news issues of the week. Relevant to Lotus FM - we cover issues YOU want - beating deadlines, making headlines. 6-7am, 1-1:30pm weekdays and weekends from 1-2pm.

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29
OCT
2am

#PODCAST: South African Hindu Maha Sabha call for #Diwali to be celebrated in a responsible manner this year

By Newsbreak Producer Shanell Daniel - The "new normal" due to the COVID-19 pandemic has called for the festival of lights, Diwali, to be celebrated in a different way this year. In keeping with this, the South African Hindu Maha Sabha is hosting a COVID-19 Diwali Celebrations Webinar this Saturday. The key focus areas will look at COVID compliance, the use and abuse of fireworks, avoiding racial attacks and celebrating responsibly. President Ashwin Trikamjee says a number of speakers will address Saturday's webinar...
29
OCT
2am

#PODCAST: Reaction to President Ramaphosa's self-isolation, after making contact with a COVID-19 positive dinner guest

By Newsbreak producer Hoosen Ebrahim - President Cyril Ramaphosa is "leading by example" in self-quarantining himself after a guest at a dinner he attended tested positive for the coronavirus. This is according to Political Science Lecturer at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), Zakhele Ndlovu. He says that although the President is showing no symptoms after being exposed almost five days ago, he still understands the need to isolate himself in a bid to curb the spread of the virus. The 67-year-old leader was among 35 guests who attended a dinner at a Johannesburg hotel to raise funds for a charity. Ndlovu explains how the President's approach is being viewed by the international community...
29
OCT
2am

#PODCAST: KZN's Wild Coast hopes their newly-upgraded facilities will attract more visitors ahead of the festive season

By Newsbreak Producer Tashlan Naidoo - Recently released data by Stats SA shows that 2.2 million people lost their jobs in the first quarter of the year. However, one popular holidaymaker's playground on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast - which was recently upgraded to four stars - says it's using this as an opportunity to attract more visitors ahead of the festive season...
28
OCT
2am

#PODCAST: KZN private ambulance services to march to the Durban RAF offices, over alleged unpaid work

By Newsbreak Producer Shanell Daniel - Private ambulance services in KwaZulu-Natal will march to the Road Accident Fund (RAF) offices in Durban this Friday - with regards to over R5-million of alleged unpaid work. According to Garrith Jamieson, spokesperson for the KZN Private Ambulance Association, the procession to RAF comes as a last resort after failing to recoup the money for their work, especially during February and March this year. Jamieson says a peaceful procession will be staged from West Street (Dr Pixley KaSeme Street) to the RAF offices in Smith Street (Anton Lembede Street), where a memorandum will be handed over with their concerns and demands...
28
OCT
2am

#PODCAST: Experts say a second hard lockdown could ravage South Africa's already ailing economy

By Newsbreak Executive Producer Salma Patel - South Africa, as a country, is bankrupt. That's according to Economist Professor Dilip Garach - who adds that a second hard lockdown could ravage an already ailing economy. Many countries have had to impose hard lockdowns after a resurgence of the second wave of the coronavirus. Professor Garach says while South Africa had handled the pandemic much better than other countries with the implementation of the hard lockdown in March, a second lockdown would further damage the country financially...
28
OCT
2am

#PODCAST: Various civil society organisations to march outside Parliament today, ahead of the medium-term budget

By Newsbreak Producer Hoosen Ebrahim - Several civil society organisations have joined hands in marching outside parliament this afternoon as Finance Minister, Tito Mboweni delivers his medium-term budget policy statement. The coalition consists of organisations including Equal Education, Section 27 and the Alternative Information and Development Centre (AIDC). Senior economist at the AIDC, Dick Forslund explains...
28
OCT
2am

#PODCAST: Remembering the heroism of the "Padavattan Six" - on the 103rd Anniversary of their life-saving efforts

By Newsbreak Producers Tashlan Naidoo and Salma Patel - Today marks the 103rd Anniversary of the "Padavattan Six" - a group of seine-netters, who saved 176 people from drowning in the Tintown Floods of 1917. Little is known about the brave efforts of Captain Mariemuthoo Padavattan, his brother Gengan, Sabapathy Periyasamy Govender, Rangasamy Naidoo, 16 year old Kuppusamy Naidoo, and T Veloo. The then-media waxed lyrical about the efforts of these brave "free indians", who were released from their five year period of indenture on the Natal cane fields. The M. Padavattan Primary School at Chatsworth, south of Durban was later named in memory of the captain, Mariemuthoo Padavattan. We tracked down Sagarie Moodley, who is the Granddaughter of Kuppusamy Naidoo - the youngest lifesaver on that fateful day...
28
OCT
2am

#PODCAST: The #TechnoTouch investigates why modern day smart-phones are so pricy...

By Newsbreak Producers Shanell Daniel and Matthew Veeran - With the advancement in technology and inflation to account for, a flagship mobile phone in South Africa can cost you anything between R16,000 and R20,000. Go back a few years to 2016 and you will see a marked increase in top-tier cellular devices, with Samsung's brand new "Galaxy S7" costing around R9,000. Of course, the phones we see in 2020 are extremely powerful pieces of tech, that are better compared to high-speed computers, but are they really worth the exorbitant costs? In this week's Techno Touch we speak to World Wide Worx Founder - Arthur Goldstuck, to find more about why modern smart-phones are so pricy...
28
OCT
2am

#PODCAST: Wild Coast Sun commit to their staffers, as they work to get business back on track at the resort

By Newsbreak Producer Tashlan Naidoo - Management at the Wild Coast Sun, situated on the south coast of KwaZulu-Natal, say saving staff jobs is their top priority. With the tourism industry still recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, the popular holiday resort say they managed to retain all staffers - even though revenue streams were extremely low during the hard lockdown. The Wild Coast Sun attracts thousands of tourists a year, mostly due to its casino, which is responsible for 85% of all revenue. General Manager Peter Tshidi says business is slowly getting back on track...
27
OCT
9am

#PODCAST Today marks 49 years since anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Timol's murder - he was SACP and MK member

by Newsbreak Executive Producer, Salma Patel - Seven days before his 30th birthday, Roodepoort school teacher Ahmed Timol was brutally killed when he was flung from the 10th floor of John Forster Square Police Station 49 years ago TODAY. The apartheid regime claimed that Timol committed suicide but its been established that the SACP and Umkhonto We Sizwe member was murdered. Although the family heard details through the Truth and Reconciliation Commission they also sought justice through the courts. Now, the accused, Joao Rodrigues, is trying to escape prosecution. Timol is the recipient of the Isitwalandwe/Seaparankoe Medal, the highest award given by the ANC "to those who have made an outstanding contribution and sacrifice to the liberation struggle". His nephew Imtiaz Cajee says the 27th of October is a significant date for the country......

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