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

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

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"

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

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

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: One of the men accused of kidnapping Durban businesswoman - Sandra Moonsamy abandons his bail application

By Newsbreak Producer, Taliesha Naidoo - One of the four men accused of kidnapping the daughter of a Durban trucking tycoon has abandoned his bail. The four men were expected to apply for bail in the Durban Magistrates Court. The 45-year old Sandra Moonsamy was kidnapped in May last year on her way home from work. Fanele Mhlongo attended court proceedings and says the matter has been adjourned until March 24 for bail applications......
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#PODCAST: Atleast seven people killed in New Delhi during demonstrations against a new citizenship law

At least seven people, including a policeman, were killed as thousands of people demonstrating for and against a new citizenship law clashed in Delhi, north of India. Several city districts were locked down today as US President Donald Trump reached the national capital a day after addressing 125-thousand cheering Indians at a packed stadium in Ahmadabad city. Our India correspondent, Rana Senn, reports...
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#PODCAST: Police arrest fourth suspect in connection with the murder of a Kharwastan pensioner

By Newsbreak Producer, Shanell Daniel - KwaZulu-Natal police have arrested a fourth suspect in connection with the murder of a pensioner from Kharwastan, south of Durban. The 37-year-old suspect was arrested late last night in Lusikisiki in the Eastern Cape, and is being detained in KwaZulu-Natal pending his court appearance. The 73-year-old Jinsee Ram was found strangled to death in her home last week and her daughter severely assaulted. Provincial police spokesperson, Brigadier Jay Naicker, says the third suspect, 28-year-old Luvo Ntshizana, who was arrested last week, was denied bail yesterday and will reappear at court, together with his co-accused, on the 27th of February...
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#PODCAST: New KZN co-ordinator of the "One South Africa Movement" hopes community participation creates a united country

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

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

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: ANALYSIS - India and the US expected to wrap up an arms deal worth three billion dollars today #Trump #Modi

By Newsbreak Producer Tashlan Naidoo - India and the United States (US) are today expected to wrap up an arms deal worth three billion dollars, as US president Donald Trump concludes his working visit to the south Asian country. Thousands of people filled a stadium and lined the streets outside to greet Donald Trump, following his arrival. Trump is also expected to confront Modi over an anti-Muslim law and a crackdown in Kashmir -- which have upset some of his close allies back home. Executive Director at Afro Middle East Centre, Naeem Jeenah says Trump is using this trip to further grow his global network of fascism...

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