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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06
JUL
1am

#PODCAST: Condemnation from the Hindu community as charges are laid against two controversial Durban pastors

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer Taliesha Naidoo - Non-profit religious organisation - The South African Hindu Dharma Sabha - has filed cases of crimen injuria against two Durban pastors - Simeon Bradley Chetty and Llewelyn Joseph. This after videos of both men, allegedly making disparaging remarks about the Hindu community, went viral on social media last month. Ram Maharaj - president of the organisation - says the men must face the consequences for their inappropriate actions...
06
JUL
1am

#PODCAST: The eye-opening book "1860: From Indenture to Democracy" set to release later this year

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer Matthew Veeran - A book chronicling the various struggles of the Indian Indentured Labourers is in the works and is set to release later this year. The book entitled "1860: From Indenture to Democracy" will feature eye-opening images and a compilation of must-read articles and stories. Penned by struggle stalwart Paul David, historian Kiru Naidoo, author Ranjith Choonilall and the 1860 Heritage Centre's Selvan Naidoo - the book acts as a love letter to the oft forgotten heroes of our past. Founder of Micromega Publications - Anivesh Singh says its vital for us to acknowledge the roles of the indentured labourers, who fought tooth and nail to ensure a better life for their descendents...
06
JUL
1am

#PODCAST: It's "all systems go" as learners in grades R, 6 and 11 return to school this morning

SABC News and Current Affairs — Learners in grades R, 6 and 11 will be returning to school this morning. Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, announced yesterday, that it's all systems go for the over two-million learners who will be joining those in Grades 7 and 12 who went back last month. However, she has admitted that the risk is too high for the younger ones, as eleven teachers, four non-teaching staff and three learners have died as a result of COVID-19 so far. Abongile Dumako reports...
06
JUL
1am

#PODCAST: An outbreak of Canine Parvovirus kills 45 puppies at the SAPS K9 Academy in Pretoria

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer Rachel Vadi - 45 puppies have died following an outbreak of the Canine Parvovirus at the SAPS K9 Academy at Roodeplaat in Pretoria. Police spokesperson, Colonel Brenda Muridili says the necessary quarantine measures have been implemented to contain the spread of the virus to the other healthy animals. Last year, the Parvovirus affected 120 puppies, killing 75 of them...
06
JUL
1am

#PODCAST: 29-year-old arrested for dealing in drugs, found with 14 bags of crack cocaine

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer Rachel Vadi - A 29-year-old suspect, arrested for dealing in drugs, is being profiled by police, to determine if he is linked to other drug related cases. Police spokesperson, Captain Nqobile Gwala says the suspect was arrested in Goodhaven Circle in Phoenix, north of Durban by the Durban Public Order Police, Crime Intelligence and Metro Police Drug Team. When the search warrant was implemented 14 bags of crack cocaine was recovered...
03
JUL
7am

#PODCAST: KZN Parent Association reacts to revised phase-in plan for schools

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer, Taliesha Naidoo - The KwaZulu-Natal Parents Association says it welcomes the Basic Education Department's revised phase-in plan. The Department announced yesterday that only Grade 6 and 11 pupils would return to schools on Monday, the 6th of July. Initially, Grades R, 1, 2, 3, 6, 10, and 11 were expected back at school. Grade 7 and 12s returned to class last month - resulting in a number of learners and teachers testing positive for Covid19. The Association's Vee Gani says there are still great concerns about the increase in COVID-19 cases among learners and teachers.......
03
JUL
7am

#PODCAST: Unilever to re-brand its controversial skin-lightening cream

SABC News and Current Affairs — Consumer giant Unilever will re-brand its skin-lightening cream "Fair and Lovely" in response to a global backlash against racial prejudice. But demand for the product remained as popular as ever, as millions in India firmly believed beauty is only skin deep. Rana Senn has the details...
03
JUL
7am

#PODCAST: Bail application of 17-year-old accused of raping and murdering 11-year old Amanda Mthembu postponed

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer, Shanell Daniel - The bail application of the 17-year old charged with the rape and murder of 11-year old Amanda Mthembu has been postponed to the 10th of July. This at Mthunzini Magistrate's Court. The victim went missing after visiting a relatives home recently - her decomposed was found a week later covered with grass in a cane field at Dokodweni on KwaZulu-Natal north coast. Our SABC News reporter, Nonkululeko Hlophe with the latest...
03
JUL
2am

#PODCAST: A top infectious diseases expert says SA's COVID-19 cases could triple in the next few weeks

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer Hoosen Ebrahim - South Africa's COVID-19 cases could be tripled in the next few weeks, if government does not intervene in terms of monitoring the activity of infected persons. This is according to Professor of Infectious Diseases at the University of Cape Town - Marc Mendelson. Professor Mendelson says the current spread of the virus compared to the overall number of registered persons in South Africa is a major concern, as the virus will only peak in September...

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