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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17
MAY
8am

#PODCAST Elderly encouraged to get vaccinated in order to lower death rate amid looming third wave

By Newsbreak Producer Rachel Vadi - People over 60-years are being encouraged to register to get vaccinated as they formed the highest percentage of deaths due to COVID-19. This is according to Professor Morgan Chetty, Chairperson of the KZN Doctor's Healthcare Coalition. Prof Chetty says the vaccine available to help bring down the death toll among those over 60 and should be taken advantaged off. Phase two of government's vaccination programme for those over 60 was launched today in various provinces throughout the country. Chetty says KwaZulu-Natal's roll-out is expected to begin tomorrow...
17
MAY
1am

#PODCAST @SAHeartStroke explain the dangers of COVID-19 on Hypertension suffers as today marks #WorldHypertensionDay

By Newsbreak Producer Genevieve Lanka - COVID-19 patients who also suffer with hypertension are at severe risk for hospitalisation. This is according to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of South Africa, who says the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic for individuals with hypertension is a concern. Today marks "World Hypertension Day". The Foundation says approximately one in three adults live with high blood pressure in South Africa. It is responsible for one in every two strokes and two in every five heart attacks. The Foundation's Health Promotions Manager, Dana Govender, says what is alarming is that less than 50% of South African adults, living with hypertension, are unaware of their condition...
17
MAY
1am

#PODCAST Israel-Palestinian Conflict - Thousands gather around the globe in protest to show support for Palestine

By Newsbreak Producer Rachel Vadi - Thousands of people took to the streets in cities across the globe this weekend, to show their support for Palestine. At various protests in South Africa, hundreds of people turned out chanting the words "Free Palestine" while holding aloft placards with encouraging and supportive messages. Since last week, at least 192 Palestinians have been killed in the Gaza Strip, including 58 children. More than 1,200 others have been wounded. Director of Operations at Africa 4 Palestine, Muhammed Desai says this international support is largely due to social media influencers and celebrities using their platforms to speak about the conflict...
17
MAY
1am

#PODCAST Verulam's multi-million rand firestation has been officially opened by eThekwini Mayor Mxolisi Kaunda

By Newsbreak Producer Rachel Vadi - A state-of-the-art 27-million rand fire station was opened this weekend by the eThekwini Mayor Mxolisi Kaunda in Verulam, south of Durban. According to Mayor Kaunda, the fire station is designed along international standards and is expected to reach global status with further development. He says the station was built based on a needs analysis of the surrounding communities...
17
MAY
1am

#PODCAST Anti-apartheid activist Mac Maharaj reflects on the successful book launch of "Thambi Naidoo and his Family"

By Newsbreak Producer Taliesha Naidoo - "Books that document our history serve as a time capsule for youth to draw inspiration from". Those are the sentiments of anti-apartheid activist - Mac Maharaj, speaking at the book launch of "Thambi Naidoo and his Family: Struggle for a Non-Racial Democracy". The launch was held yesterday at Chatsworth, south of Durban. The book, which is written by Dr. Ismail Vadi, tells the story of Thambi Naidoo and four generations of his family, who were involved in political activism against colonialism and apartheid for over 100 years. Maharaj, who has written the foreword for the book, explains how the development of activism is rooted in such stories...
16
MAY
11am

#PODCAST #NewsbreakTalk - Is the 3rd wave looming or already here?

By Newsbreak Presenter and Producer, Taresh Harreepershad. While the Gauteng province is experiencing a third wave of covid-19 infections, elderly people around Durban say they are ready and waiting to be vaccinated. The nationwide vaccine rollout for over 60-year-olds will start on Monday. Just over 430,000 frontline healthcare workers have been vaccinated against Covid-19 during the first phase of South Africa's immunisation rollout. Newsbreak Talk unpacks these and other issues with the Acting Executive Director for the National Institute for Communicable Diseases NICD, Prof Adrian Puren
15
MAY
7am

#PODCAST COVAC calls for for volunteers to assist with elderly registration drive

By Newsbreak Senior Producer Genevive Lanka. the Nelson Mandela Youth Centre's Coronavirus Action Committee (COVAC), is calling for volunteers to assist with their elderly registration drive. COVAC member and Youth Centre Programme's Manager - Clive Pillay - says they have noted that a number of elderly people in the Chatsworth and Welbedacht areas, south of Durban, have not yet registered for the covid-19 vaccine. Pillay says anyone with a smartphone can volunteer to help
15
MAY
7am

#PODCAST #NewsbreakTalk International concerns around conflict between Israel and Palestinian grows

By Newsbreak Talk Presenter and Producer, Taresh Harreepershad. International concerns of a protracted conflict between Israel and Palestinian militant groups are growing. The Israeli military has been pounding Gaza with artillery fire and air strikes since Monday, in response to persistent Hamas rocket-fire from the enclave. The United Nations Security Council will hold its third meeting in less than a week on Sunday. This will be the first open session after two closed-door meetings failed to produce a Council product despite the escalation in violence.
14
MAY
1am

#PODCAST Chatsworth's upcoming "Khuluma Now" programme to benefit young children with hearing or speech difficulties

By Newsbreak Producer Tashlan Naidoo - the Nelson Mandela Youth Centre at Chatsworth, south of Durban, will tomorrow be hosting free training for parents whose children may be showing signs of hearing or speaking difficulties. 'Khuluma Now' will be facilitated by professional Speech Therapist and Audiologist - Masoodah Mohamed. The session, starting at 10:30 in the morning, will help parents to make educational toys and discover ways to make reading fun. Mohamed says the training is only for children up to the age of five and a free screening will also be done...

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