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19
JAN
6am

#PODCAST: One killed and two injured after a shooting incident at grant a collection office in Isipingo

By Newsbreak Producer Tashlan Naidoo -One person has been killed and two others injured after an alleged dispute at a grant collection office at Old Main Road, in Isipingo, south of Durban. According to reports, as the suspect tried to get away he shot a bystander in the chest, before being apprehended by security and assaulted by the public. Spokesperson for Durban-based security company, Dhevan Govindasamy, says a charge of murder will be opened...
19
JAN
6am

#PODCAST: The body of a nine year old has been found at a beach in the Bluff

By Newsbreak Producer Shanell Daniel - The body of a nine-year-old boy has been recovered at Ansteys Beach, in the Bluff, south of Durban. This follows a search for the boy after he was washed away to sea on Sunday. According to KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson, Captain Nqobile Gwala, he had been walking with friends on the Mondi canal towards the sea when he lost his balance in the fast-flowing current...
19
JAN
6am

#PODCAST: Water woes continue for Chatsworth residents, this time as a result of burst pipes

By Newsbreak Producer Shanell Daniel - Residents of Chatsworth, south of Durban, in Wards 70 and 73, are without water due to a burst pipe within the vicinity of the Hare Krishna Temple. Meanwhile, Shallcross residents woke up to no water this morning as well due to a burst pipe at the Shallcross Cemetry. Ward 70 councilor, Tony Govender, says the municipality has been contacted for water tankers to supply affected residents with water during this time...
19
JAN
1am

#PODCAST: Education ngo FEMSISSA say there is no reason for teachers to return to schools two weeks in advance

By Newsbreak Producer Matthew Veeran - KwaZulu-Natal education ngo FEMSISSA say its "irresponsible" from the Department of Education to expect teachers to return to schools two weeks before learners. As it stands, educators are scheduled to return to school on the 1st of February 2021, with school management expected to return a week earlier. FEMSISSA Chairperson Vishnu Naidoo - who's also a former principal - says he cannot fathom why the department want teachers back so soon. Naidoo says most of the administrative work was done last year, so there's every chance that teachers will return to school and be without any significant work...
19
JAN
1am

#PODCAST: Leading SA scientists say the strain of Coronavirus discovered locally is spreading up to 50% faster

Some of South Africa's leading scientists say that the 501Y.V2 variant of the coronavirus is not more severe that the first variant, but that it is spreading 50% faster. Led by Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize in a virtual panel discussion, scientists spoke on how the new variant is impacting South Africa's health-care system, whether a vaccine would be effective against it and whether the risk of death was greater in the second wave. Minoshni Pillay reports...
19
JAN
1am

#PODCAST: Tongaat Hindu Unity Forum say #Kavady should be live streamed to accommodate devotees

By Newsbreak Producer Shanell Daniel - With many temples choosing not to observe kavady at their premises this year due to Covid-19, some have opted to go the online route. According to Public Relations Officer for the Tongaat Hindu Unity Forum, Yoganathan Naidoo, to prevent spreading the virus, kavady, along with other prayers are being live streamed by temples to accommodate devotees...
19
JAN
1am

#PODCAST: A Durban Doctor pens a letter to the President, asking for his intervention in the rollout of #Ivermectin

By Newsbreak Producer Salma Patel - The battle to rollout Ivermectin to the general population has taken a new turn. A Durban doctor has penned a heartfelt letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa asking for his intervention in the rollout of Ivermectin as a prophylaxis to treat and prevent the coronavirus. Initially, at least one hundred doctors signed the letter, but those signatures have since grown to 500. Author of the letter, Dr Naseeba Kathrada, who is leading the project for the rollout of Ivermectin - says there is currently no preventative treatment for the Coronavirus UNTIL the vaccine rollout programme is implemented...
19
JAN
1am

#PODCAST: With water restored, Chatsworth residents are continuting to stock up on emergency supplies

By Newsbreak Executive Producer Salma Patel - Shallcross residents at Chatsworth, south of Durban finally have water. After 16 days with no life-sustaining liquid due to a breakdown of a pump, water has been restored albeit with a reduced pressure output. Priya Verriah a resident at DeMat near Klaawater says even though water has been restored, they are stocking up emergency supplies...
18
JAN
10am

#PODCAST #NewsbreakTalk How to beat the #stigma around #Covid19inSA #SaturdayTalk

By Newsbreak Producer/Presenter, Taresh Harreeparshad - What happens when you reveal your covid19 status and suddenly notice that family and friends change their behaviour towards you? What if you didn't know of your infection and are accused of being a murderer for "spreading" the coronavirus? These are some of the challenges faced by people in these times of the pandemic. Many are made to feel ashamed and some are even criminalised. How do we beat this stigma? Our guests in studio elaborate.
18
JAN
9am

#PODCAST Tight security for Joe Biden's inauguration as President of the USA

As many as 25,000 National Guard troops are expected on the streets of Washington DC to ensure the inauguration of incoming US President, Joe Biden, passes without problems. The city is braced for a potential extremist attack like the violence seen on January 6th - when pro-Trump rioters broke into the Capitol building. FBI intelligence suggests more armed protests are planned. The mayor of DC has ordered a state of emergency and says the city is undergoing "an unprecedented level of preparation". Nick Harper reports from Washington...
18
JAN
9am

#PODCAST Gift of the Givers delivers to Bhisho Hospital - says #COVID19inSA figures may just be higher than reported

by Newsbreak Producer, Hoosen Ebrahim - Humanitarian aid organisation - Gift of the Givers claim that the Covid-19 death figures are highly inaccurate. They say that the current figures do not include the high number of people who die before going to hospital or in line waiting for treatment, querying their covid-19 status. The organisation says that majority of South-Africans do not have access to adequate health care facilities. Founder, Dr Imtiaz Sooliman told Newsbreak that efforts have been directed to the Bhisho Hospital in the Eastern cape where a massive revamp program has just been completed to house interns and medical personnel. He explains their efforts in flattening the curve against the deadly coronavirus strain.

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