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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03
MAR
1am

#PODCAST: Indian activists say newly-installed cameras at public schools are "a blatant invasion of privacy"

Digital rights advocates in India say facial recognition technologies installed in at least a dozen government-funded schools in Delhi are an "overreach" by Indian authorities and an invasion of children's privacy. The move to introduce facial recognition technology follows a 2019 decision by the Delhi city government to mount closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras in more than 700 public schools to ensure the safety of students. Tashlan Naidoo has the details...
03
MAR
1am

#PODCAST: Ladysmith High School's Shakaarah Bharath wins big at the Master Spelling Bee in Johannesburg

By Newsbreak Producer Shanell Daniel - 17-year-old Shakaarah Bharath from KwaZulu-Natal's Ladysmith High School stole the spotlight at a recent spelling competition in Johannesburg. The super-speller travelled to the City of Gold over the weekend and bagged gold in the National South African MasterBee Spelling Competition - Grade 11 division. While learning three-thousand words is by no means an easy task, the learner - who is now in her matric year, explains how she took on the challenge...
03
MAR
1am

#PODCAST: The local medical fraternity continue to hold thumbs over accessibility and use of Ivermectin

By Newsbreak Producer Shanell Daniel - Representative of the "I can make a difference" medical group - Dr Naseeba Kathrada, says they hope to have Ivermectin made more accessible to combat COVID-19. This as their court application, aiming to get easy access to the drug is to be heard at the North Gauteng High Court later this month. Meanwhile, three other groups, namely the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP), AfriForum and Pharma Valu have also made court applications relating to the use of Ivermectin. Dr. Kathrada spoke to Shanell Daniel...
03
MAR
1am

#PODCAST: Leader of the @OneSA_Movement Mmusi Maimane hits out at the controversial Gupta family

By Newsbreak Producer Hoosen Ebrahim - The One South Africa Movement leader, Mmusi Maimane says the infamous Gupta family cannot be allowed to take more public money through back channels via well connected people. Maimane is back in the headlines after he revealed evidence which shows how the Gupta family appears to still be involved with Eskom activities. Talking to Newsbreak's HE, Maimaine says the Guptas are on the brink of funnelling billions of rands out of South Africa...
03
MAR
1am

#PODCAST: Western Cape police lauded for their clinical approach, after seizing a massive shipment of cocaine

By Newsbreak Producer Tashlan Naidoo - The Cape Town Drug Counselling Center (CTDCC) have applauded police after a seizing large quantities of cocaine on a fishing vessel off the coast of Saldanha Bay in the Western Cape. Initial reports suggest the drugs have a street value of over 580-million-rand. Cape Town police say ten foreign suspects, four Bulgarians and six from Myanmar will appear in court soon, facing charges of dealing in drugs. Investigations are still being done to determine the origin and destination of the consignment. Director of the Counselling Center, Ashley Potts says the value estimate that police have put on this bust is just a fraction of what dealers would have made after cutting and mixing the drug...
02
MAR
6am

#PODCAST:SANEF forum request meeting with broadcaster eNCA to discuss alleged racism by political reporter

By Newsbreak Producer Tashlan Naidoo - The South African National Editors Forum (SANEF) has requested a meeting with broadcasting company eNCA to discuss concerns related to alleged racist undertones by one of its reporters. This after video footage of eNCA political reporter, Lindsay Dentlinger interviewing Freedom Front Plus leader Pieter Groenewald and the DA's John Steenhuisen without their masks on emerged on social media, while she requested several Black political leaders, including UDM Chief Whip Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, to keep theirs on while speaking to her. SANEF Media Freedom Chairperson, Mary Papayya says such allegations could cause massive distrust in media by society...
02
MAR
1am

#PODCAST: KwaZulu-Natal authorities rump up vaccination efforts in response to a sudden spike in rabies cases

By Newsbreak Producer Tashlan Naidoo - KwaZulu-Natal authorities have noticed a spike in rabies cases around the Durban area since the start of the new year. The KZN Department of Agriculture says at least 24 cases have been identified this year alone, with two deaths recorded. Chief Director for Veterinary Services in KZN, Dr Temba Sikhakhane says they have ramped up vaccination efforts in targeted areas. Sikhakhane says the Umlazi area to the south of Durban is one of the hotspots...
02
MAR
1am

#PODCAST: A serious sewer leak forces authorities to close the popular Margate Beach, effective immediately

By Newsbreak Producer Tashlan Naidoo - Margate beach and lagoon on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast has been closed to bathers and fisher-folk until further notice, due to a sewer leak. Spokesperson for the Ray Nkonyeni Municipality, Simon April says a new pump will have to be sourced and installed, to which a time-frame is yet to be disclosed. The beach will then have to undergo a water safety test to ensure that the water isn't contaminated. April says with March being a busy time at Margate beach, holidaymakers and beach goers are very disappointed...
02
MAR
1am

#PODCAST: Building up to #WorldHearingDay, Netcare urge parents to use its National Hearing Screening Programme

By Newsbreak Producer Rachel Vadi - In today's Medical Monitor we discuss identifying hearing loss in infants, with Professor Claudine Storbeck from Netcare's National Hearing Screening Programme. Ahead of World Hearing Day, which is commemorated annually on the 3rd of March, Prof Storbeck emphasises the importance of making use of this simple screening process. She says detecting a possible hearing impediment as soon as possible could be life-changing...
02
MAR
1am

#PODCAST: @MSF lobby for equitable access and distribution of Coronavirus vaccines worldwide

By Newsbreak Producer Hoosen Ebrahim - As efforts are made to control the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic, experts say equitable access and distribution of vaccines is more critical now than ever. This has been the call made by the humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders. They have urged wealthy countries and pharmaceutical corporations for solutions that will urgently ensure that all countries can access effective vaccines quickly and affordably. Doctors Without Borders Access Campaign Advocacy Co-ordinator, Kate Stegeman explains the importance of their movement and what they are hoping to achieve...
02
MAR
1am

#PODCAST: @CASACZA respond as the Concourt agree to hear the Zondo Comission's application against #JacobZuma

By Newsbreak Producer Shanell Daniel - The Constitutional Court has agreed to hear the State Capture Commission of Inquiry's contempt application against former president Jacob Zuma, on March 25th. Last month, the commission filed an urgent application with the Constitutional Court against Zuma, calling for him to be jailed for two years. This relates to Zuma's defiance of the order by the apex court compelling him to appear before the State Capture Commission in Johannesburg. Reacting to the new developments is Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution's (CASAC) Executive Secretary, Lawson Naidoo. Here's what he had to say...
01
MAR
6am

#PODCAST: Two men are appearing at the Chatsworth Magistrate court, related to the death of a missing e-hailing driver

By Newsbreak Producer Rachel Vadi - Two men are appearing at the Chatsworth Magistrate court today, related to the death of a missing e-hailing driver. The 24-year-old driver was reported missing by his family on Friday. The following day his body was recovered at a landfill site in Chatsworth, south of Durban. Police spokesperson, Captain Nqobile Gwala says parts of the vehicle was tracked to Umlazi - where two suspects were arrested. She says the suspects led police to the body of the driver...

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