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03
JUL
7am

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

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

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: Looking to assist those who cannot leave home, Dr Kats sets up the "COVID Home Management Team" in Durban

By Newsbreak Producer Tashlan Naidoo - A group of Durban-based doctors are offering their services to manage COVID-19 positive patients within the confines of their homes - given that they are on a medical aid. The "COVID Home Management Team Durban" as it is known, was started by Dr Naseeba Kathrada this week. After seeing the growing number of cases in the country, Kathrada thought of a way to assist our health-care system - which could soon become overwhelmed. Interested patients will have to be referred to the team by a general practitioner. Dr Kats says they are still in the process of recruiting more specialists, in order to service more households should the need arise...
03
JUL
2am

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

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...
03
JUL
2am

#PODCAST: 10 Chatsworth police officers arrested in cases involving the theft of cash and cigarettes

By Newsbreak Producer Rachel Vadi - Ten police officers from the Chatsworth police station, south of Durban will be appearing in court today following their arrest in cases involving the theft of cash and cigarettes. KZN police spokesperson, Brigadier Jay Naicker says detectives from the provincial Anti-Corruption Unit and Pinetown Cluster Detective Task Team arrested the officers following cases that were opened in May and June. Brigadier Naicker says these arrests show that SAPS are determined to route out corruption in the police force...
02
JUL
10am

#PODCAST - Israeli annexation of Palestine put on hold

By Newsbreak Producer, Tashlan Naidoo - The move by Israel to begin a process of annexation of the Palestinian territory and take about 30 percent of land in Palestine has been put on hold. That's according to Executive Director at the Afro Middle East Centre, Naeem Jeenah. He says this is as a result of a discussion between Israel and the United States of America - citing one of the reasons being that America wants the move to happen closer to their presidential elections in November. Jeenah says this is not a new move by Israel - and more of a formal declaration, as they have been trying to take over Palestinian land for many years
02
JUL
10am

#PODCAST - Casinos reopen after three months

By Newsbreak Producer, Tashlan Naidoo - After being out of operation for more than three months, casinos were permitted to reopen this week Monday. With strict social distancing and hygiene protocols in place, the Sibaya Casino and Entertainment Kingdom opened its doors to customers this Tuesday, however only to MVG card holders. This decision follows an announcement made by the Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs or COGTA, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, which stated the amendments to the lockdown regulations. General Manager of the casino, Myan Moodley says the lockdown cost the casino more than 300-million rand in revenue
02
JUL
10am

#PODCAST: NGO's lobby to reduce the availability of alcohol

By Newsbreak Producer, Rachel Vadi - The permanent reduction of alcohol availability is the "new norm" a group of non-governmental organisations are lobbying for. Sonke Gender Justice, Gun Free SA and Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance or Saapa SA started the campaign based on the drop in alcohol-related harm and a freeing-up of hospital beds for COVID19 patients since the start of the lockdown. Director of Saapa SA, Maurice Smithers says reports indicate that alcohol related violence has been reduced by as much as 60% during COVID-19 lockdown.
02
JUL
2am

#PODCAST: Reaction as President Ramaphosa calls for calm, amid rising COVID-19 infections in South Africa

By Newsbreak Producer Hoosen Ebrahim - President Cyril Ramaphosa has raised concern through his first engagement with the public in an 'imbizo', discussing his views on gender-based violence, concerns around the economy and decisions on lifting the ban on the sale of tobacco. The President held a Presidential Imbizo which was broadcast on community radio platforms last night. The engagement was meant to allow the public to ask the president questions on the government's handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Political analyst Ralph Mathekga explains the approach the President is using in restoring confidence from the public...
02
JUL
2am

#PODCAST: We preview the prestigious 2020 Rhino Conservation Awards with Zimbabwe's "Tashinga Initiative Trust"

By Newsbreak Producer Tashlan Naidoo - The finalists for the prestigious 2020 Rhino Conservation Awards have been announced. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown, a virtual event is to be held on World Rangers Day on the 31st of July. 7 of the 12 nominees from the four possible categories are South Africans or organisations based in the country. According to "Save the Rhino", South Africa is home to nearly 80% of the world's rhinos, with more than 1000 being killed each year between 2013 and 2017 as a result of poaching. Lynne Taylor - Director of Zimbabwe's "Tashinga Initiative Trust" says she is humbled to be selected as a finalist...

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