Newsbreak

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Award-winning Current Affairs and news talk show bringing you topical news issues of the week. Relevant to Lotus FM - we cover issues YOU want - beating deadlines, making headlines. 6-7am, 1-1:30pm weekdays and weekends from 1-2pm.

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#PODCAST: SAMA react to the "senseless killing" of JHB anaesthetist Dr. Abdulhay Munshi

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer Hoosen Ebrahim - The medical fraternity remains shocked at the senseless killing of Johannesburg Anaesthetist, Dr Abdulhay Munshi. He was gunned down by a motorist who rear-ended his vehicle and then opened fire multiple times. Munshi was one of two prominent doctors who found themselves in the midst of a medical storm, after they were blamed for the death of a patient after surgery and charged with culpable homicide. Meanwhile, The South African Medical Association (SAMA) - calls on all of its members to wear a black arm-band for the next seven days to express their concern over the violence directed at health-care workers nationally. SAMA chair Dr Akhtar Hussain explains government's role in ensuring front line workers are protected against disgruntled patients...
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#PODCAST: "World Manta Day" aims to help boost understanding of the species in South Africa

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer Hoosen Ebrahim - As the country celebrates Heritage Month - a new global celebration has been born dubbed "World Manta Day". It's been brought about to study and understand the Manta Ray and how it has evolved globally. With very little research on Mantas, Scientists hope that this annual recognition will help boost understanding of the species. It was celebrated for the first time yesterday. KwaZulu-Natal South Coast-based manta expert, Michelle Carpenter is at the forefront of studying manta's in South Africa...
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#PODCAST: South African Bone Marrow Registry (SABMR) encourage able citizens to become donors #WorldMarrowDonorDay

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer Hoosen Ebrahim - Over 1.2 million stem cell transplantation have been done across the world, with over 70,000 of that number taking place here in South Africa. Tomorrow marks World Marrow Donor Day (WMDD) - which will be celebrated in more than 50 countries around the world. The campaign, which originally was held as a European event in Italy, Spain, France and Belgium - expanded to a worldwide celebration in 2015. Now, experts have encouraged all able citizens between the ages of 16 and 45 to become a donor. Newsbreak's Hoosen Ebrahim spoke to Donor Recruitment Officer - Nadia Chalkley...
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#PODCAST: Two massive narcotics busts in KZN hailed as "significant" in the ongoing fight against drugs

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer Taresh Harreeparshad - Law enforcement authorities have made significant drugs busts in KwaZulu-Natal this week. In two separate operations, the SAPS recovered dagga to a total value of 4.5 million rand. And the Hawks meanwhile, seized drugs worth over 1 hundred million rand at the Simbith Eco Estate in Umhlali, north of Durban. While these have been hailed as significant in the fight against drugs - concern has been raised about what happens to these drugs once they are confiscated? Hawks spokesperson Captain Simphiwe Mhlongo explains that these drugs are sent for forensic testing - until the case is finalised...
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#PODCAST: After three days of unrest, NAFUPA say funeral services will resume today

SABC News and Current Affairs — The National Funeral Practitioners Association of South Africa (NAFUPA) says that funeral services will resume today. That's after many funeral homes have been on a three-day nationwide strike since Monday. Undertakers say the government has made it difficult for smaller and emerging parlours to grow. They also disapprove of regulations that require a certificate of competency to move bodies and dig graves. Horisani Sithole reports...
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#PODCAST: Restrictions on public gatherings relaxed, as the country gets set to welcome in "Alert Level One"

SABC News and Current Affairs — President Cyril Ramaphosa has warned that the country needs to guard against a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic as it moves to "Alert Level One" of the nationwide lockdown. Alert Level One will come into effect from early Monday morning the 21st of September. It will see the easing of restrictions on public gatherings with 250 people now being allowed to attend indoor gatherings and 500 people for outdoor gatherings. The number of people attending funerals is also increased to 100, while night vigils are still not permitted. Political Correspondent Ntebo Mokobo has the details...
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#PODCAST: We unpack the controversial "Cannabis for Private Purposes Bill" with the SA Drug Policy Initiative

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer Tashlan Naidoo - The South African Drug Policy Initiative (SADPI) has lamented the proposed "Cannabis for Private Purposes Bill" that has been released for public comment, saying it discriminates against the poor. Chairperson Dr Keith Scott says this bill only benefits the middle and higher class citizens of South Africa. Some of the regulations in the proposed bill are a maximum jail term of 15 years for anyone who deals in cannabis, or provides it to a child. Home rules meanwhile, allow for possession of 600 grams of dried cannabis if you live alone, or 1.2 kilograms in homes with two or more adults. In public places, possession is set to 100 grams. In this week's Greenscene, Dr Scott unpacks the bill and talks about some of the changes he'd like to see...
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#PODCAST: Miss SA finalist Karishma Ramdev celebrates her Indian-origin roots in today's #HeritageMonth focus

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer Shanell Daniel - Embracing her Indian-origin heritage and celebrating the culture and traditions that come with it - Miss SA Top 10 finalist - Karishma Ramdev, says Heritage Month is worth celebrating. From traditional curry to colourful wear, her idea of heritage includes embracing the differences of others. Newsbreak's Shanell Daniel speaks to Ramdev to find out more about her Indian-origin heritage...
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#PODCAST: 50-year-old woman found dead in Merebank, reports suggest she was bound and assaulted

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer Shanell Daniel - The body of a 50-year-old woman has been found following a robbery at her home on Alwar Road, in Merebank, south of Durban. According to spokesperson for local security company, PT Tactical, Dhevan Govindasamy, the woman was found dead upon arrival. He says a child, together with a domestic worker were also found tied up and traumatised...
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#PODCAST: A manhunt is underway in Phoenix, after the fatal shooting of a 31-year-old man in his car

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer Shanell Daniel - KwaZulu-Natal police are on a manhunt for suspects responsible for the fatal shooting of a 31-year-old man on Flintstone Road, in Phoenix, north of Durban. Provincial police spokesperson, Captain Nqobile Gwala, says the man was seated in a vehicle when he was shot dead. Gwala says investigations are now underway...
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#PODCAST: Smokers express frustration, after reports of massive price hikes on certain cigarette brands

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer Hoosen Ebrahim - Tobacco users have expressed frustration over what they say is a sudden hike in tobacco prices. Some consumers report increases of up to 35% in certain cigarette brands, as compared to pre-lockdown prices. Meanwhile, British American Tobacco South Africa, have confirmed the price increases to try and claw back some of the revenue lost during the ban on tobacco sales. Chairman of the Fair Trade Independent Tobacco Association (FITA) - Sinenhlanhla Mnguni says the price increases are justified...

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