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21
MAY
10am

#PODCAST: Sub-station explosion leaves areas in Durban in the dark

By Newsbreak Producer Shanell Daniel - Technicians are currently working around the clock to restore electricity to almost fifty-percent of areas in Durban. This after thousands of people woke up to a power outage this morning due to an explosion at the Klaarwater major substation, south of Durban. Spokesperson for eThekwini Municipality, Msawakhe Mayisela, says the city apologises for the inconvenience caused by the power outage and reassures residents that electricity will be restored throughout the city timeously...
21
MAY
10am

#PODCAST: Two Durban metro officers shot dead while protecting councillor

By Newsbreak Producer Mfundo Mthembu - Two eThekwini Metro Police officers have been shot dead in the Bhambayi area at the corner of Fernham and Stoneham Drive along Phoenix, north of Durban. The two officers were on duty when they were ambushed by a group of suspects in an unidentified vehicle last night. The suspects are alleged to have taken the officers firearms after the shooting and fled the scene in their getaway vehicles. KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwane says two counts of murder and armed robbery are being investigated......
21
MAY
10am

#PODCAST: Four alleged family members killed in their home at Inanda, Durban

By Newsbreak Producer Mfundo Mthembu - Four people have been shot dead at a home during the early hours of this morning in Inanda, north of Durban. The victims are believed to have been family members. The victims are reported to be between the ages of 27 and 44 years old. The motive of the incident is still unknown at this stage. KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwane says police are investigating four counts of murder.......
21
MAY
10am

#PODCAST: Support dwindles outside court for Former President Jacob Zuma

By Newsbreak Producer Taliesha Naidoo - The Pietermaritzburg High Court is hearing heads of argument by the legal team representing the French arms company Thales which - along with former President Jacob Zuma - is seeking that charges be permanently dropped. The case involves 783 questionable payments to Zuma allegedly received from the company in connection with the multi-billion Rand arms deal. The state alleges that the total payments of one point two million rand paid to Zuma by his convicted former financial adviser Schabir Shaik was a bribe. In 1997, Thales won a two-point-six billion Rand stake in South Africa's arms acquisition programme. Meanwhile, support for Zuma outside of court has dwindled. Our reporter Nonjabulo Mntungwa Makamu says organisers have confirmed that Zuma will not be making any public address later today...
21
MAY
2am

#PODCAST: Two women accused of the alleged kidnap and assault of an elderly Chatsworth lady - will appear in court today

By Newsbreak Producer Mfundo Mthembu - Two women, who allegedly kidnapped and assaulted an elderly woman, suspecting her of having an affair with a married man will appear in the Chatsworth Magistrate's Court, south of Durban today. A video of the assault went viral on social media earlier this month. It showed the victim, believed to be 53-years-old, being taunted and interrogated by two women. Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Thulani Zwane says the suspects aged 48 and 50, are facing charges of kidnapping and assault...
21
MAY
2am

#PODCAST: KZN EMS Paramedic Robert McKenzie explains the protocols to be taken when involved in an accident

By Newsbreak Producer Shanell Daniel - Life and death hangs in the balance when an accident occurs and it's best to be prepared. What you do during those few seconds of an accident could help save a life. Paramedic and spokesperson for KwaZulu-Natal Emergency Services, Robert McKenzie, says accident protocol is of utmost importance. McKenzie says accident scenes are high infection zones - therefore extreme caution should be taken to avoid blood-borne diseases...
21
MAY
2am

#PODCAST: Commission for Gender Equality applaud the increase of female representation in the National Assembly

By Newsbreak Producer Taliesha Naidoo - Incoming members of the National Assembly and delegates of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) will be sworn into Parliament tomorrow and Thursday. Last week, Parliament received the lists of designated members of the National Assembly from Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng. According to the Independent Electoral Commission - 45% percent of those members are women. The Commission for Gender Equality spokesperson - Javu Baloyi says the increase of female representation in the National Assembly is welcoming however, more needs to be done to achieve an equal gender balance...
21
MAY
2am

#PODCAST: UEFA Champions League final preview: #LiverpoolFC #Gameplan

By Newsbreak Producer Matthew Veeran - With under two weeks to go before Liverpool lock horns with Tottenham in the Champions League Final - Reds supporters are waiting in anticipation for what they are calling the "biggest game of the season". Liverpool will go into the game in arguably better form having lost just a single game over the Premier League season. Spurs meanwhile, lost a total of 12 league games. In this week's Gameplan we begin our build-up to the Champions League final - where we speak to Dashnie Govender, Chairperson of the Liverpool Supporters Club in Durban...
20
MAY
10am

#PODCAST: Tributes pour in for renowned environmentalist - Muna Lakhani

By Newsbreak Producer Mfundo Mthembu - Friends and family of renowned South African environmentalist - Muna Lakhani are gutted by his passing. Lakhani, aged 62, passed away in his home yesterday. The cause of his death is still unknown. Lakhani was the Founder and National Co-ordinator for the Institute for Zero Waste in Africa (IZWA). His close friend - Satish Dhupelia says Lakhani had a deep passion and respect for a greener environment and social justice…..
20
MAY
10am

#PODCAST: South African tourists injured in Egypt bus explosion return home

By Newsbreak Producer Shanell Daniel - At least 20 South Africans who were injured in a bus explosion in Egypt have returned home. The explosion happened when the locals were on a bus tour in Cairo near the Giza pyramids. Adel El Mahrouky, a journalist based in Cairo, says the bombing could negatively affect tourism which is the biggest foreign currency income source for Egypt...
20
MAY
10am

#PODCAST: Police search for missing man, believed to be a tourist, at Umhlanga beach

By Newsbreak Producer Mfundo Mthembu - The search for a man, believed to be a tourist, has resumed at Umhlanga, north of Durban. It's believed the man was swimming with his wife at Bronze Beach yesterday morning when he got in to difficulties. KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwane says the wife escaped unharmed but the husband is feared to have drowned....

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