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: Cyril Ramaphosa "corruption has tainted the ruling ANC"

SABC News and Current Affairs — ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa has warned that unless corruption is rooted out it will destroy the ruling party. He said there are some in senior positions squandering the public purse and setting the party back through corruption. The president was delivering the memorial lecture about the life and sacrifices of the late stalwart, Raymond Mhlaba, in Vryheid, in northern KwaZulu-Natal. Vusi Makhosini reports...
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#PODCAST: NSFAS receive R35-billion to assist qualifying students at Universities and TVET colleges this year

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer Shanell Daniel - The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has received about R35-billion this year to help qualifying students at Universities and TVET colleges. NSFAS Administrator Dr Randall Carolissen, says part-funding has already been released to students for registration and for expenses in the month of February. He says the funding will be managed in accordance with government planning...
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#PODCAST: Third suspect accused in the murder of a 72-year-old woman in Kharwastan to appear in court today

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer Shanell Daniel - A third suspect accused for the murder of a 72-year-old woman in Kharwastan, south of Durban, is expected to appear at the Chatsworth Magistrates Court today. KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson, Brigadier Jay Naicker, says the 28-year-old man was arrested over the weekend in the Eastern Cape. The case against the other two suspects has been remanded to the 27th of February. This after the pensioner was strangled to death and her daughter severely assaulted and bound during a house robbery last week at Kharwastan. Brigadier Naicker says police have not ruled out the possibility of more arrests being made...
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#PODCAST: "Day 2 Day Foundation" come to the aid of a Chatsworth family after a fire destroys their home

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer Rachel Vadi - A local community organisation has come to the aid of a Chatsworth family after a devastating fire ripped through their home a few weeks ago - leaving them with as little as the clothes on their back. Founder of the "Day 2 Day Foundation" Bilal Khan, says while the call out for community assistance in rebuilding the home in Crossmoor, Chatsworth has been heeded by many, there are many more household items that are needed...
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#PDOCAST: The community of Chatsworth shocked and angered by the discovery of a 24-year-old woman

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer Rachel Vadi - The body of a 24-year-old woman, found under a tree at a park in Chatsworth, south of Durban this weekend - has once again plunged the community of Chatsworth into shock and anger. Responding to calls from various residents, spokesperson for Amawele Emergency Services, Sivan Soobramodey says paramedics tried to revive her, but the woman was declared dead at the scene...
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#PODCAST: A number of community halls in Chatsworth are set for a makeover, after years of complaints from residents

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer Rachel Vadi - A number of community halls in Chatsworth, south of Durban have been given the green light for makeover and refurbishment - following years of complaints by residents. eThekwini Ward 71 Councillor Previn Vedan says residents of Shallcross, Bottlebrush, Crossmoor and Moorton have been deprived of the essential services such as funerals that these halls are used for. He says the revamping of the halls are expected to begin in March 2020, and completed by 2021...
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#PODCAST: Economist Professor Dilip Garach previews Wednesday's highly-anticipated #BudgetSpeech

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer Hoosen Ebrahim - The financial state of the country is expected to be revealed by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni when he delivers his 2020 budget speech on Wednesday. With load-shedding greatly costing the South African economy due to the constraints on embattled power utility Eskom, the economical challenges facing the country has come under the spotlight. For an early preview on what we can expect from Minister Mboweni's 2020 budget speech, Newsbreak's Hoosen Ebrahim spoke to Economist Professor Dilip Garach...
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#PODCAST: SALBA ask Finance Minister Tito Mboweni to consider an "inflation only" increase on alcohol excise taxes

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Prodcuer Hoosen Ebrahim - The South African Liquor Brand owners Association (SALBA) has called on Finance Minister Tito Mboweni to consider an "inflation only" increase on excise taxes for alcoholic beverages when he delivers his budget speech this Wednesday. Excise taxes are taxes paid when purchases are made on a specific good. They are often included in the price of the product. Spokesperson Sibani Mngadi explains the steps government should implement to ensure tax rates on alcohol do not increase above inflation each year...
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#PODCAST: Traffic back logged following M7 accident

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer, Rachel Vadi - Traffic along the M7 in Durban is still back logged as authorities attempt to clear up an accident that took place earlier this morning. According to Rescue Care paramedics spokesperson, Garrith Jamieson, the driver of a truck was ejected in the multi-vehicle accident - but- he sustained minor injures. Jamieson says they have attended to other bumper crashes in the back log. Clean-up operations are expected to continue for now.......
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#PODCAST: Thousands of devotees from across the world flock to Mauritius for the annual prayer of Maha Shivaratree

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer, Salma Patel - Thousands of devotees and pilgrims are flocking to Grand Bassin, in Mauritius the site of the massive 108m statue of the Hindu Deity, Shiva, for the annual prayer of Maha Shivaratree. The 10 day event culminates in a significant night or power for the devout, who stay awake to offer prayers and sing hymns in praise of this Hindu deity. The event is one of the biggest in the Mauritius calendar as people journey from across the world to observe and partake in the Mass Prayer. Satish Dayal is the secretary of the main Shiv Temple in Ganga Talao......
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#PODCAST: Murder case of Tazne van Wyk postponed for further investigation

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer, Taresh Harreeparshad - The murder case of 8 year old Tazne van Wyk has been postponed to the 17th of April- for further investigation. The murder suspect 54 year old Moyhdin Pangarkar appeared briefly at the Goodwood magistrates Court in cape Town. The National Prosecuting Authority earlier said the accused had eleven previous convictions. A large crowd gathered outside to show their support for the van Wyk family. Our reporter Thandiswa mawu tells us that they're calling for a review of the parole system....

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