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26
JUN
1am

#PODCAST - Female poets and authors encouraged to feature their talent in a writing project titled - Womandla

SABC News and Current Affairs — by Newsbreak producer, Taliesha Naidoo - Female poets and authors, either published or unpublished are being encouraged to feature their talent in a unique writing project. The project titled - Womandla - meaning the power of woman, aims to strengthen solidarity amongst women. It will amplify their voices and talent through poetry, short stories, opinions, memoirs and empowerment writing. Womandla Editor in Chief, activist and attorney - Shabnam Palesa Mohamed says selected submissions will feature in a book that will launch in Women's Month
26
JUN
1am

#PODCAST - Latest move by Police who plan to equip officers with body cameras

SABC News and Current Affairs — by Newsbreak producer, Tashlan Naidoo - In a move to keep with the times of technological advancement and ensure the safety of its officials, the Police ministry is in the process of making moves to equip their officers with body cameras. This will be done in an effort to better aid in the fight against crime. It comes at a time in the country where there have been several killing's, hijackings and other crimes against members of the Police force. Spokesperson in the Ministry of Police Reneilwe Serero says this is still in the pipeline and cannot give a time-frame of when it will be implemented
26
JUN
1am

#PODCAST - Verulam man to appear in court for dousing a suspected thief with petrol and then setting him alight

SABC News and Current Affairs — by Newsbreak producer, Mfundo Mthembu - The man arrested for allegedly dousing a suspected thief with petrol and then setting him alight will appear in the Verulam Magistrates Court for a formal bail application next week. The victim was set alight last Thursday after being accused of stealing a grass cutting machine at Parkgate in Verulam, north of Durban. He sustained burns to almost ninety percent of his body and succumbed to his injuries a day later at a local hospital. KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbele says the suspect is being charged with murder
26
JUN
1am

#PODCAST - New born baby girl found abandoned at Caneside, in Phoenix, north of Durban

SABC News and Current Affairs — by Newsbreak producer, Shanell Daniel - A new born baby girl has been found abandoned at Caneside, in Phoenix, north of Durban. Community members made the discovery yesterday at a boundary wall of a school in the area. Garreth Naidoo, spokesperson for local security company, KZN VIP, says the baby had been found dehydrated and was transported to a local hospital for further treatment
25
JUN
9am

#PODCAST: Contingency plans in place on Day 2 of Johannesburg major water shutdown

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer Mfundo Mthembu - The Rand Water says it has not received any water supply interruption notices as a results of its continued work to install a valve on its pipe. This comes after the announcement made last week of a mojor water shut down which started yesterday. The water utility says the work is progressing according to schedule. Member of the Mayoral Committee for the Environment and Infrastructure Services, Nico de Jager says the pipe works is almost at the completion stage.....
25
JUN
9am

#PODCAST: Sentencing in Sadia Sukhraj murder trial adjourned at the Durban High Court to Wednesday

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer Shanell Daniel - Sentencing in the Sadia Sukhraj murder trial has been adjourned at the Durban High Court to tomorrow. Thirty-nine year old Sibonelo Mkhize pleaded not guilty to two charges of murder and one of robbery with aggravating circumstances. However, yesterday the court found Mkhize guilty of all charges in relation to the murder of nine-year-old Sukhraj and Mkhize's accomplice to the crime, Siyabonga Blose. Sukhraj and Blose were both killed during a botched hijacking in May last year at Chatsworth, south of Durban. Sadia's father's vehicle was hijacked in her grandparents' driveway. Her father, Shailendra Sukhraj, fired shots at the vehicle in an effort to save Sadia, who was seated at the the backseat as the hijackers sped away. Our SABC News reporter, Prabashini Moodley, attended court proceedings today. She says Mkhize has shown no emotion during proceedings and sentencing is expected to be handed down on Wednesday......
25
JUN
9am

#PODCAST: Three people treated for smoke inhalation after fire breaks out at SABC Radio Park

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer Mfundo Mthembu - Three people are receiving treatment for smoke inhalation after a fire broke out at the SABC's Radio Park building at Auckland, in Johannesburg. Employees of the public broadcaster have been evacuated from the building. It's reported that the fire broke out in one of the canteens. A month ago, SABC staff were evacuated in the same building due to a diesel spillage. SABC reporter Hlengiwe Mkhwanazi says the cause of the fire is unknown at this stage.......
25
JUN
9am

#PODCAST: MPs debate the President's State of the Nation Address

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer Taliesha Naidoo - Parliamentarians are putting President Cyril Ramaphosa's first State of the Nation Address to the sixth democratic parliament under the microscope. A nine-hour sitting has been set aside for this crucial debate which started from 10 am and will last until 8pm today. The debate provides an opportunity for public representatives to explore and critique the commitments, including the priorities, which President Ramaphosa outlined in his address last Thursday evening......
25
JUN
2am

#PODCAST - Labour market faces a detrimental phase

SABC News and Current Affairs — by Newsbreak producer, Mfundo Mthembu - With more retrenchments on the table for South African workers, the labour market could be facing a detrimental phase. This comes after the country's unemployment rate increased to 27.6 percent in the first quarter of 2019. Major industries such as construction, mining, publication and the banking sector have had to cut a total of more than five thousands jobs due to various operational requirements and the suffering state of the economy. Economist - Professor Dilip Garach says the retrenchments could be a result of the fourth industrial revolution.
25
JUN
2am

#PODCAST - Cancer patients and survivors to be internationally recognised for the resilience in their fight

SABC News and Current Affairs — by Newsbreak producer, Taliesha Naidoo - A group of nominated cancer patients and survivors will be internationally recognised for their resilience in the fight against the disease. Community organisation - I AM Connection in association with Hind Foundation India and The Mandoza Foundation will host an awards ceremony in Gauteng on the 29th of June. The inaugural awards ceremony took place in Durban where 12 recipients received recognition for their courage and impact on society. After the Gauteng ceremony, the awards showcase will head to Cape Town in July and then India in August. Event organiser - Dr Tash Reddy says the recognition validates cancer patient's pain and turns it into power
24
JUN
8am

#PODCAST: Accused in the Sadia Sukhraj murder trial found guilty

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer Taliesha Naidoo - The accused in the Sadia Sukhraj murder trial - Sibonelo Mkhize has been found guilty of all charges in the Durban High Court. Mkhize had pleaded not guilty to two charges of murder and one of robbery with aggravating circumstances. Judge Esther Steyn found that Mkhize and his accomplice Siyabonga Bulose were reckless of the consequences that would ensue as a result of their actions. Nine-year-old Sukhraj was killed during a botched hijacking at Chatsworth, south of Durban in May last year. SABC News reporter - Prabashni Moodley, who attended court proceedings, says the Sukhraj family and community members were extremely emotional......
24
JUN
8am

#PODCAST: SANEF launches Media Ethics Inquiry to rebuild the credibility of the media industry

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer Mfundo Mthembu - The South African National Editors' Forum, SANEF, has launched its Media Ethics Inquiry into the media industry today. The inquiry will be chaired by Judge Kathy Satchwell. Members of the public and media have been urged to come forward with any information they may have. SANEF Executive Director, Kate Skinner, says the inquiry will deal with the captured media houses and journalists. Skinner says the expected evidence at the inquiry will restore credibility to the media industry and seeks recommendations for ethical reporting...

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