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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#PODCAST: UZKN researcher Dr Veron Ramsuran honoured with the prestigious Vice-Chancellors annual award

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer Tashlan Naidoo - A 38-year-old Durbanite, who is a high impact researcher at The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) has been honoured with the prestigious Vice-Chancellors annual award valued at R150,000. The award is presented to a preeminent researcher at UKZN in recognition of their outstanding research achievements as well as the international reputation they've acquired within their respective field. Dr Veron Ramsuran, spent almost 70% of his PhD in two international laboratories in the United States, before he was recruited to join the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard as a postdoctoral research fellow. Ramsuran says he was always fascinated by how an infectious bacterial disease like Tuberculosis spreads...
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#PODCAST: KZN Parents Association slam "social media challenges" - say technology is being used in the incorrect manner

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer Shanell Daniel - As South Africa rapidly embraces the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) at schools across the country, the dangers of a digitally advanced leaner has sparked major concern. This after videos of learners participating in a social media challenge called the "Skull-Breaker Challenge" have left many injured or hospitalized. The challenge begins with three people standing alongside each other, seemingly ready to jump into the air all at once. But, the two learners on either sides do not jump. It is only the unsuspecting person in the middle that does, and before landing, the two on either side trip the middle person, who dangerously falls to the ground. Chairperson of the KwaZulu-Natal Parents Association - Vee Gani says technology is being used in an incorrect manner on school grounds...
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#PODCAST: Former SAA board chairperson, Dudu Myeni admits to an error of judgement, referring to the "Airbus Swap Deal"

SABC News and Current Affairs — Former SAA board chairperson, Dudu Myeni, has conceded that there might have been an error of judgement on her side in what is referred to as the Airbus Swap deal. Myeni is accused of trying to stop the deal from taking place so she could introduce a middle man. The deal which would see SAA swap its old A320 aircraft for A330s, was approved by Treasury. Myeni is on trial in the Pretoria High Court after the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) and the SAA Pilots Association brought an application to declare her a delinquent director. OUTA blames her for the financial woes at the struggling airline. Phumzile Mlangeni reports...
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#PODCAST: We discuss a possible VAT increase as Tito Mboweni gets set for an interesting afternoon #BudgetSpeech2020

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producers Taliesha Naidoo and Matthew Veeran - Expectations are high ahead of Finance Minister Tito Mboweni's budget speech this afternoon. It is his second and most anticipated speech - at a time when the country faces unpalatable economic and financial challenges. One of the minister's top priorities will be to try and convince ratings agency, Moody's that South Africa is serious about cutting its debt to avoid junk status. For a preview, we spoke to Professor Andre Roux - Economist at the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB)...
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#PODCAST: Unidentified man SHOT DEAD while attempting to steal batteries from a cellphone tower at Canelands, Verulam

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer Shanell Daniel - An unidentified man has been shot dead while attempting to steal batteries from a cellphone tower at Canelands, in Verulam, north of Durban. That's according to spokesperson for local security company, Reaction Unit South Africa - Prem Balram. The man, together with two other suspects, allegedly broke into the facility yesterday. They were in the process of stealing the batteries when security officers - tasked with safeguarding the communications tower - swooped in on them. A shootout ensued between the security officers and the suspects, resulting in one of the suspects being shot dead. Balram labelled the incident as a frequent occurrence in the area...
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#PODCAST: New KZN co-ordinator of the "One South Africa Movement" hopes community participation creates a united country

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer Shanell Daniel - Community participation in creating a united South Africa is a key focus of the newly appointed KwaZulu-Natal co-ordinator of the One South Africa Movement - Visvin Reddy. The movement is based on uniting all citizens of South Africa and aims at getting answers to issues affecting regular people on a daily basis. Reddy - a community activist, has taken up the role and hopes to implement the public's thoughts and ideas on how to develop and sustain the country. Speaking to Newsbreak, Reddy says community involvement is a step in the right direction...
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#PODCAST: Soul City Institute (SCI) call for President Cyril Ramaphosa to take action against ANC MP, Boy Mamabolo

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer Shanell Daniel - Social justice organisation the Soul City Institute (SCI) is calling for President Cyril Ramaphosa to take action against ANC MP, Boy Mamabolo. This after Mamabolo alleged during the State of the Nation Address last week that EFF leader Julius Malema was abusing his wife. Ramaphosa has since apologised to Malema and his wife for the accusations made by Mamabolo. Ramaphosa further apologised to South African's for the manner in which issues of gender based violence were addressed during the debate. However, SCI spokesperson Gail Smith, says that is not enough and more needs to be done to rectify the problems...
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#PODCAST: The #MedicalMonitor looks at how the NHI Bill and budding cannabis industry can affect the our ailing economy

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer Tashlan Naidoo - The National Health Insurance (NHI) bill and the impact that the cannabis industry can bring to our ailing economy are hot topics in South Africa at the moment. All eyes will be on finance minister Tito Mboweni tomorrow as he delivers the much anticipated budget speech. Economist Dawie Roodt, says the much debated NHI bill was not properly thought out by the ruling ANC and now places the minister in an extremely difficult position in terms of finding money to fund it - when in fact, there isn't any left...
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#PODCAST: Gift of the Givers Foundation come to the aid of Richmond and PMB residents hit hard by a major storm

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer Shanell Daniel - The urgent cry of residents living in Richmond and Pietermaritzburg has been heard after a major storm left residents homeless and destitute. Coming to their aid is African disaster relief organisation - Gift of the Givers Foundation, distributing day-to-day necessities to the community today. The foundation's KwaZulu-Natal media liaison, Hlengiwe Mkwanyana, says members of the public wanting to get on board can deliver items to their facility at the Dube Tradeport in La Mercy, Durban...
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#PODCAST: Cyril Ramaphosa "corruption has tainted the ruling ANC"

SABC News and Current Affairs — ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa has warned that unless corruption is rooted out it will destroy the ruling party. He said there are some in senior positions squandering the public purse and setting the party back through corruption. The president was delivering the memorial lecture about the life and sacrifices of the late stalwart, Raymond Mhlaba, in Vryheid, in northern KwaZulu-Natal. Vusi Makhosini reports...
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#PODCAST: NSFAS receive R35-billion to assist qualifying students at Universities and TVET colleges this year

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer Shanell Daniel - The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has received about R35-billion this year to help qualifying students at Universities and TVET colleges. NSFAS Administrator Dr Randall Carolissen, says part-funding has already been released to students for registration and for expenses in the month of February. He says the funding will be managed in accordance with government planning...

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