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22
JUN
1am

#PODCAST - Strong call for a Commission of Enquiry into political interference in the NPA #JoaoRodrigues

By Newsbreak Senior Producer, Genevieve Lanka - The Foundation for Human Rights Executive Director Hanif Vally, says the need for a Commission of Enquiry into political interference in the National Prosecuting Authority has been amplified by the Supreme Court of Appeal's ruling in the Joao Rodrigues matter. The SCA in Bloemfontein dismissed an appeal brought by the former apartheid-era police officer against the decision of the South Gauteng High Court not to grant him a permanent stay of prosecution. Rodrigues is being charged in connection with the death of anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Timol while in detention in 1971. Vally says the judgement is clear that the power given to the NPA to institute criminal proceedings should not be subject to fear, favour or prejudice....
21
JUN
8am

#PODCAST KZN K-9 unit appeal to the public to donate dogs to help fight crime

By Newsbreak Producer Rachel Vadi - Just days after two police dogs from the specialised K-9 Unit were killed - police are appealing to the public for assistance with donating dogs to the unit. On Monday last week, Simba and Shaka were killed in a shoot-out with four suspects, wanted for armed robbery and the murder of a policeman in Pietermaritzburg. Commander of the Provincial Policing Services, Colonel Kreesan Naidoo says the loss of these dedicated K9 members has intensified the need for more dogs in the unit....
21
JUN
8am

#PODCAST Thousands disappointed after scientists declare KwaHlathi stones quartz-crystals and NOT diamonds

By Newsbreak Producer Hoosen Ebrahim - Thousands of fortune-seekers who flocked to KwaHlathi, near Ladysmith in KwaZulu-Natal in what appeared to be a diamond rush have been left disappointed. This after scientists deployed by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy found that stones were quartz-crystals and NOT diamonds. Manager of Geoscience Mapping at the Council for Geoscience - Dr Taufeeq Dhansay was part of the team of experts deployed to assess the stones. He says further explorations have been scheduled for the KwaHlathi site where the quartz-crystals were discovered...
21
JUN
2am

#PODCAST - Educators express mixed views over taking the vaccine from Wednesday this week

by Newsbreak Producer, Taliesha Naidoo - There have been mixed views from educators following the announcement by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga that over 580-thousand teachers, admin workers and cleaners at public and private schools will be vaccinated. The vaccinations will start from this Wednesday. Some educators say receiving the vaccine will help them alleviate the stress they have been experiencing at school, which felt like a pandemic on its own. While others are still sceptical about getting the jab......
21
JUN
2am

#PODCAST - Are #schools reporting their Covid-19 positive cases properly?

By Newsbreak producer, Rachel Vadi - A rise in Covid-19 infections in schools around the eThekwini Municipality area has raised concern about how schools notify learners and parents about the infection. On Thursday Crossmoor Secondary School in Chatsworth, south of Durban notified the schooling community about a teacher who tested positive for Covid-19 that morning. In a circular parents and learners were informed that school will be closed for two days - for disinfections and cleansing of all classrooms. On Friday Rustic Manor Primary School and Trenance Manor Secondary School in Phoenix, north of Durban were informed that a learner tested positive at the respective schools. However these learners tested positive the week before. KZN Education spokesperson, Muzi Mahlambi says all necessary protocols are being followed as per the Department of Health.
21
JUN
2am

#PODCAST - Debut novel "In Search of Daniel" to help people deal with the challenges posed by #Covid-19

By Newsbreak Producer, Shanell Daniel - In the hope of helping people deal with the challenges posed by Covid-19 - including depression and anxiety. Durban-based clinical psychologist, writer and blogger, Dr Rani Samuel, has put pen to paper in her debut novel "In Search of Daniel". A story of a young man who discovers a devastating family secret on his eighteenth birthday - and as his life spirals out of control, embarks on a journey of healing. Samuel says the book takes readers on the road to forgiveness, healing and hope - helping people deal with their own trauma...
19
JUN
7am

#PODCAST #NewsbreakTalk From sardines in the kitchen to a review of the stories making headlines this week

By Newsbreak Presenter and Producer, Taresh Harreepershad and Producer, Rachel Vadi.
Former Public Enterprises Minister, Malusi Gigaba, has admitted he appointed a person without the necessary qualifications and who was allegedly recommended by one of the Gupta brothers, to serve on the SAA Board as director. He was testifying at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture on Friday. Gigaba said the person, only known as Dr Nethani and who was alleged to have an influence on the Indian government, was called in to help develop the Johannesburg-Mumbai route. Gigaba said it turned out the person had absolutely nothing to offer in that regard, and he subsequently removed him.

Meanwhile, Gauteng Education MEC Panyasa Lesufi has sent his condolences to the family of the principal who was shot and killed at an Ennerdale school this morning (friday 18 June). An unidentified man entered the Buyani Primary School and fired 7 bullets into the principal's car. Residences say they fear for their children's lives and are calling for better security at schools. Police are investigating. Phanuel Shuma and Mbali Mthethwa filed this report

And our listners share their favourite ways in which to prepare sardines.
18
JUN
2am

#PODCAST Global movement launches Oneness Yoga Challenge ahead of International Yoga Day

By Newsbreak's Rachel Vadi - International Yoga Day will be observed on the 21st June - and a world-wide movement for transforming human consciousness dubbed, ' Ekam' are hosting a Oneness Yoga Challenge to help individuals obtain a greater self-awareness and calmness. The online challenge is hosted by Sri Preethaji, founder of Ekam. Preethaji says the aim of the challenge is to help individuals create bliss in their life, physically, mentally and spiritually.........
18
JUN
2am

#PODCAST Suspected 'diamonds' discovered in Ladysmith sent for analysis, says KZN Economic Development MEC Ravi Pillay

By Newsbreak's Hoosen Ebrahim - Economic Development MEC, Ravi Pillay has sent the stones found in KwaHlathi area in LadySmith, KwaZulu-Natal for further analysis to determine its authenticity as Diamonds. The MEC had called on people to stop the digging as the area poses a hazard and Covid-19 threat, as thousands of people continue to flock to the region in the hope of mining Diamonds. MEC Pillay explains the need for government intervention in the area...
18
JUN
2am

#PODCAST SANEF calls for internal inquiry into Piet Rampedi's 'Tembisa 10' reporting

By Newsbreak's Tashlan Naidoo - The South African National Editors Forum (SANEF) is calling for an internal investigation by the Independent Media group over Piet Rampedi, editor-in-chief of the Pretoria News, who authored a lead story in the newspaper and on the IOL website that stated as fact that a Gauteng woman had given birth to 10 babies. The story received international recognition and was stated to have broken the Guinness World Record. Chairperson of Media Freedom at SANEF Mary Papayya says apart from the various differing versions of the story, there are many holes being poked by journalists who are finding it difficult to verify. Papayya says publishing such stories without verifying all the facts impacts negatively on the publics trust in the media and is a breach of basic journalism ethics....
18
JUN
2am

#PODCAST KZN police arrest a 39-year-old suspect for his alleged involvement in the brutal murder of Anele Bhengu

By Newsbreak's Genevieve Lanka - KwaZulu-Natal police have arrested a 39 year old suspect allegedly involved in the brutal murder of 28-year-old Anele Bhengu in KwaMakhutha, south of Durban. As June marks Pride Month, the spotlight has once again been cast on violence against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. The 28-year old's mutilated body was found in a bush near a friend's home, in what is believed to be a homophobic-related crime. This follows the recent murders of two openly gay people in the province in separate incidents between last year and this year. LGBTIQ+ Activist in Durban - Nonhlanhla Mkhize - who has been in communication with the Bhengu family - says what is most difficult for the family is the brutal nature of these crimes...

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