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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APR
8am

#PODCAST: South African stuck in Egypt pleads with government for help

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer, Taliesha Naidoo - A South African stuck in Egypt is pleading with government to assist him in getting back home. Clive Pillay, left South Africa on the 9th of March for the African Gymnastics Championship and was meant to return on the 20th of March. However, that has not yet happened due to restriction of movement in both countries. Pillay, who is currently stuck in Cairo, explains what his experience has been like.......

Newsbreak contacted the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, who were unavailable for comment at the time of broadcasting.
03
APR
8am

#PODCAST: The shackles tighten for abused women as the country locks down

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer, Shanell Daniel - There has been a stark increase of between 20 to 60 percent in gender-based violence cases in country's that are under lockdown due to the Coronavirus. This is according to Gender Academic Specialist, Doctor Aradhana Mansingh. She says with alcohol consumption and gambling not allowed during the various lockdown's, the rate of abuse is soaring in households. Dr Mansingh explains...
03
APR
3am

#PODCAST: Durban Solid Waste (DSW) respond to Chatsworth residents, say refuse collection is "back to normal"

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer Shanell Daniel - Head of Durban Solid Waste (DSW) Raymond Rampersad, says a Coronavirus scare within the department caused refuse collection to come to a halt during parts of the week, however everything is back to normal and collection is being made with urgency. He further refuted the claims of employees NOT making regular refuse collection in parts of Chatsworth and surrounds for several weeks, attributing the interruption to services due to operation vehicles breaking down...
03
APR
3am

#PODCAST: Irate Chatsworth residents claim that refuse removal in the area "has been backlogged for too long"

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer Shanell Daniel - Irate residents of Woodhurst, in Chatsworth, south of Durban, claim that refuse removal in the area has been backlogged for far too long, including during the 21 day national lockdown. Concerned resident Suren Ganapathie, says the area has been facing refuse collection issues from long before the lockdown period, claiming that the City's Durban Solid Waste employees do not regularly do their rounds in the area. Meanwhile, Ward 70 councillor, Tony Govender, claims Woodhurst is not the only affected area, with several parts of Chatsworth and surrounding visibly covered in filth for almost a month...
03
APR
3am

#PODCAST: "Virtual education" slowly becoming the go-to for the millions of students stuck under lockdown #coronavirus

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer Taliesha Naidoo - In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual education has become the go-to for the millions of students staying at home. However, not all students are able to afford embracing online education due to costly data packages and no access to electronic devices. Durban academic, Cymbeline Harilal says the lockdown leaves South Africa's education system facing many challenges...
03
APR
3am

#PODCAST: General practitioner Dr. Kats adds her voice to the #Masks4All social media movement #coronavirus

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer Taliesha Naidoo - There is a fear that health-care professionals will face a shortage of medical masks as the fight against COVID-19 intensifies. In order to address that, a group of individuals have joined the #Mask4All initiative to help source masks for all South Africans. #Masks4All is an international social media movement which encourages anyone and everyone to cover their mouth and nose when out in public. General practitioner - Dr Naseeba Kathrada, who is involved in the initiative, says their priority is to secure medical grade masks for health-care professionals working in the frontline to help flatten the curve...
03
APR
3am

#PODCAST: Government announce the immediate relaxation of some lockdown regulations #coronavirus

SABC News and Current Affairs — The government has announced the immediate relaxation of some of the Lockdown regulations. This includes among others re-opening of spaza shops, informal food traders as well as allowing close relatives of deceased persons to travel between provinces in order to bury their loved ones. The new amendments still however bars night virgils and remains strict on the number fifty for those attending funeral services. Rural communities are not affected by these restrictions as some use grave diggers who are community based. Phanuel Shuma reports...
03
APR
3am

#PODCAST: Phoenix-based Woodview Ratepayers Association doing their bit to help destitute persons in the community

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer Rachel Vadi - A group of volunteers from Phoenix, north of Durban, are building stronger ties, as they help the destitute in the community. Chairperson of the Woodview Ratepayers Association (WRA), Theo Pillay says people are forming stronger bonds - especially as they realise the level of poverty in the community. Since the 21 day lockdown took effect a week ago, the WRA have distributed hundreds of food hampers donated by individuals and businesses in Phoenix and surrounding. Pillay says the group has now partnered with various other organizations in ensuring that people don't have to travel unnecessarily during this important time...
02
APR
9am

#PODCAST: Durban NPO distributes lockdown hampers to underprivileged

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer, Rachel Vadi - Day 7 of 21 days of lockdown in South Africa has seen hundreds of people around the country receiving much needed assistance from humanitarian organisation. One such is the eThekwini Outreach program, run by volunteers from the eThekwini Secure crime monitoring social media groups. Chairperson, Imitiaz Syed says networking between various organisation has connected government, non-government organisations and the people in need. He says in the days to come the need will be greater........
02
APR
9am

#PODCAST: India tracks attendees of Muslim event linked to multiple COVID-19 cases

SABC News and Current Affairs — India has launched a nationwide search for hundreds, who attended an event by a Muslim missionary movement, after dozens tested positive for Coronavirus and at least seven died. It has sent shockwaves across Asia, as well as many of the well-travelled participants from Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. From New Delhi, Rana Sen reports...
02
APR
9am

#PODCAST: Police vow to drop the hammer on residents not adhering to lockdown regulations on KZN's roads

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer, Shanell Daniel - Law enforcement officials will continue to thoroughly monitor roads and residential areas during the national lockdown. That's according to spokesperson for the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport, Kwanele Ncalane. He was speaking to the SABC during a road block at KwaDukuza in Durban this morning. This after reports surfaced that citizens were not complying with the protocols of a national lockdown in various parts of the provice. Ncalane says the next few days will NOT be business as usual, and if people do not want to reason, reasoning must be hammered...
02
APR
9am

#PODCAST: Tributes pour in after KZN teacher dies from COVID-19 complications

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer, Taliesha Naidoo - The 45-year-old teacher from Isipingo, south of Durban has died after recently testing positive for COVID-19. The minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, and KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Kwazi Mshengu, conveyed their condolences to the family of the teacher yesterday. It's believed the female educator, from Platt Drive Primary in Isipingo was diagnosed with asthma before her death. It's understood that another teacher from the same school had also been infected with the virus. Therona Moodley spokesman for National Professional Teacher's Organisation of South Africa (Naptosa) in KZN says the teacher's death is a sad loss to the fraternity......

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