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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26
MAY
3am

#PODCAST: Elderly Phoenix residents furious at what they deem a "lack of service delivery" when collecting medication

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer Genevieve Lanka and Tashlan Naidoo - Elderly patients in Phoenix, north of Durban are furious with the lack of service delivery when going to fetch chronic medication from the Phoenix Community Health Centre in the Whetstone area. Some patients say they were forced to go the clinic everyday and wait for hours at a time without being helped. Meanwhile, chairperson for the Phoenix Civic Association, Alice Govender says security at the clinic did not allow her to enter when she asked to speak to management. Govender says she did not receive any help from staff either. She says she will be pursue the matter further...
26
MAY
3am

#PODCAST: SA educators left with more questions than answers, as they prepare for an anxious return to the classroom

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Senior Producer Genevieve Lanka - As schools prepare for the phased-in return of students next month - more than two months after the country declared the coronavirus outbreak a national disaster - many educators have been left with more questions than answers. Some say while they feel a sense of duty to their learners, they also face the reality that their own families could now be placed at a higher risk of infection. Grade seven and twelve students will be the first to return to the classroom. In this feature, Genevieve Lanka speaks to a few teachers about their concerns. The names of the educators in this feature have been changed...
26
MAY
3am

#PODCAST: Here's what some South African Muslims got up to during Eid celebrations - under lockdown

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producers Shanell Daniel and Tashlan Naidoo -
Traditionally, Eid is a time for family and friends, giving to the less fortunate and prayer. However, this year, those observing Eid - had to do so within the confines of their homes - in line with national lockdown regulations. Newsbreak spoke to a few members of the Muslim community about their "lockdown Eid celebrations". While, many were disappointed about not being able to observe the special day with those they love, they say saving lives is more important...
26
MAY
3am

#PODCAST: Durban Dr Prithi Ramlachan discusses the relation between cold weather and an increased risk of COVID-19

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer Shanell Daniel - There is no scientific findings confirming the relation between cold weather and an increased risk of COVID-19 infections. This is according to General Practitioner based in Durban - Doctor Prithi Ramlachan. With a cold-front expected in parts of the country this week, concerns have been raised about the possible spreading of the virus. Ramlachan says there are types of flu that develop during cold weather patterns, however there's no scientific proof that the same happens with the coronavirus...
26
MAY
3am

#PODCAST: SA Anti-Drug Forum urge government to reconsider the continued ban on tobacco sales

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer Matthew Veeran - The South African Anti-Drug Forum (ADF) have reacted to the continued ban on tobacco sales during lockdown level three, saying the move continues to baffle them. Chairperson Sam Pillay has had his hands full for much of the lockdown, assisting recovering addicts and facilitating the movement of hampers for impoverished families. Speaking after the President's Sunday announcement, Pillay says the ban on tobacco sales has not stopped smokers from getting their fix - and the illicit trade is benefiting from it. He believes that the only solution is for government to reconsider their decision...
25
MAY
3am

#PODCAST: Political analyst @omtimka reacts to the President's announcement regarding dropping down to lockdown level 3

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producers Matthew Veeran and Taliesha Naidoo - President Cyril Ramaphosa says the whole country will move to Alert Level Three from next Monday. The president says this will allow for the further opening of the economy while government continues to contain the spread of the Coronavirus. He was addressing the nation at the Union Buildings in Pretoria last night. Joining us on the line to discuss yesterday's announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa was political analyst, Ongama Mtimka...
25
MAY
3am

#PODCAST: Here's why young Indian-origin South Africans are embracing their heritage during lockdown

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer Taliesha Naidoo - There has been a noticeable increase in young South Africans of Indian origin embracing their heritage during the lockdown period. If you're a social media user then you've probably come across several pages online dedicated to dance and music in the vernacular. But why is it that in times of adversity, the Indian origin community reflects on their cultural landscape? Artistic Director of Natya Ananda - Verushka Pather says this is not a millennial move. She says even the 1860 Indian Indentured labourers looked to music and dance for a sense of comfort during times of distress...
25
MAY
3am

#PODCAST: 24-year-old final year medical student Kapil Narain appointed chair of FAMSA's COVID-19 working group

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer Taresh Harreeparshad - A 24-year-old final year medical student Kapil Narain at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN`s), Nelson Mandela School of Medicine has been appointed as the Chair of FAMSA (Federation of African Medical Students Association) COVID-19 Technical Working group (TWG). He joined Newsbreak Talk to discuss his vision for medical research to fight COVID-19
25
MAY
3am

#PODCAST: KZN Health Department confirms nine positive cases of COVID-19 at the Mahatma Gandhi Hospital in Phoenix

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer Rachel Vadi - The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Health, Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu has confirmed nine positive cases at the Mahatma Gandhi Hospital in Phoenix, north of Durban. In her address yesterday afternoon, the Minister confirmed that six health-care workers and three patients had contracted COVID-19. Minister Simelane-Zulu said that the suspected affected areas has been sanitised. She further said that some beds at the hospital has been converted to deal with COVID-19 cases...
25
MAY
3am

#PODCAST: A special COVID-19 awareness drive goes off without a hitch in Chatsworth

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer Rachel Vadi - A special COVID-19 awareness drive was carried out with success in Chatsworth, south of Durban on Friday. Chatsworth Community Policing Forum (CPF) Chairperson, Jakes Singh says police together with the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) discovered a number of illegal activities, including the arrest of several illegal immigrants. He says over the last 60 days of lockdown, the Chatsworth police have ensured social-distancing and hygiene protocols were adhered to at the main shopping centre in Chatsworth. However, he says people are still driving around, when they shouldn't be...
22
MAY
2am

#PODCAST: Decontamination now underway at the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Hospital after numerous positive cases of COVID-19

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer Tashlan Naidoo - The Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Hospital at Phoenix, north of Durban is currently being decontaminated after six nurses and four patients tested positive for COVID-19. Board member of the hospital, Sham Maharaj says the KwaZulu-Natal Health Department will be doing oversight of the facility to make sure that the process has been followed correctly. Maharaj says strict protocols will now be followed when admitting new patients at the hospital...
22
MAY
2am

#PODCAST: "Administration issues" delay the repatriation of over 200 South Africans, stuck in India

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer Tashlan Naidoo - The more than 200 South Africans who were set to board a plane and be repatriated from India today will have to wait a little longer as their flight was postponed due to administration issues. Earlier this week, we spoke to a South African student studying in India named Keiyuran Govender. He says that the new flight is expected to take off from Mumbai on Sunday and arrive in Johannesburg on Monday...

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