Newsbreak

LOTUS FM  |  Podcast , ±3 min episodes every 2 hours
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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Estate agent arrested for Chatsworth principal's murder

SABC News and Current Affairs — by Newsbreak Senior Producer, Genevieve Lanka - Police have arrested a suspect linked to the murder of retired Southlands Secondary School principal, Gona Pillay. Pillay and her husband, Loga were stabbed multiple times by four men allegedly posing as prospective home buyers in Silverglen earlier this week. Their vehicle was also stolen in the incident. Loga has since been in critical condition in hospital, while his wife died on the scene. Police spokesperson Thulani Zwane says they cannot provide details at stage given the sensitive nature of investigations.
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SABC Digital News ranked among top 10 SA YouTube channels

SABC News and Current Affairs — by Newsbreak Producer, Matthew Veeran - SABC Digital News has been ranked in the top 10 of globally viewed South African channels on YouTube. With more than 100 million views, it's the only news platform ranked in the 2017 edition of the recently-released World Wild Worx social media landscape report. The channel currently sits at the number 10 spot on the list with just over 112 million views and is slowly closing in on Cartoon Network's dedicated YouTube channel. Since it's release, the SABC Digital channel has been at the forefront of reporting big news events locally and abroad. Digital News Executive Producer, Aasra Bramdeo called the achievement a great moment for the SABC brand.
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Husband unaware wife has been brutally killed in Chatsworth murder

SABC News and Current Affairs — by Newsbreak Producer, Matthew Veeran - Close friend and former colleague of Gona Pillay - Visvanathan Muruven has expressed his sadness and anger regarding the incident. Regarding the condition of Gona's husband Loga, Muruven says that he is recovering in hospital - but is unaware of his wife's passing. Muruven went on to pay tribute to his close friend Gona, who has been hailed as a selfless leader - who inspired her community to do greater things...
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Deputy Mayor to visit family of slain school principal at Chatsworth

SABC News and Current Affairs — by Newsbreak Producer, Taresh Harreeparshad - eThekwini Municipality Deputy Mayor Fawzia Peer says KwaZulu Natal police have made a major break-through in the murder case of retired Southlands Secondary School principal, Gona Pillay. Yesterday arrested a suspect linked to the murder. Pillay and her husband were stabbed multiple times by four men allegedly posing as prospective home buyers in Silverglen, Chatsworth, south of Durban earlier this week. Logie remains in a critical condition in hospital. Deputy Mayor Peer and her team will be visiting the home of the Pillay family shortly.........
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National Open Mosque Day dispels myths around Islam this Heritage Day

SABC News and Current Affairs — by Newsbreak Producer, Rachel Vadi - A first for South Africa, "National Open Mosque Day", will be celebrated at various mosques throughout the country on Heritage Day this year. While the programme has been running for the last two years in Durban, this is the first time that about twenty mosques throughout the country will be opening their doors to the public. Chairperson of the South African Muslim network, (SAMNET) Dr. Faisal Suliman says that public are invited to visit a mosque on Heritage Day between 2-4pm to freely to address misconceptions and stereotypes about Islam and Muslims. For more information on mosques that will be open to the public, you can visit the SAMNET website on www.samnet.co.za or on the Newsbreak Facebook and twitter page.
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Chatsworth Principal's murder - community fear for their lives

SABC News and Current Affairs — by Newsbreak Producer, Rachel Vadi - Newly elected Bayview Community Policing Forum (CPF), chairperson, Brandon Pillay says that following the alleged attack, residents are living in fear of their lives. Pillay says people need to be extremely careful when allowing people onto their property. He says they need to verify who they thouroughly.
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Newsbreak GreenScene - Free entry to all SANParks #NationalParksWeek

SABC News and Current Affairs — by Newsbreak Producer, Rachel Vadi - This week marks South African National Parks Week, and SANParks has once again opened its doors for free. Now, families can enjoy the rich biodiversity and heritage of the the countries environmental landmarks, without having to dig deep into their pockets. Communication Officer at the Garden Route National Park, Nandi Mgwadlamba says this is also a way to encourage people to help conserve South Africa's rich natural heritage.
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Goodbye pineapples, hello colour! Phoenix Plaza gets a fresh, new look

SABC News and Current Affairs — by Newsbreak Executive Producer, Salma Patel - Goodbye pineapples, hello colour! The iconic 24 year old shopping mall at the heart of Phoenix, north of Durban, is set to give shoppers a brand, new experience. The much-needed facelift includes two sky-lights - that brings in natural light to the centre - saving electricity and looking after the environment. Centre Manager, Eshara Naidoo, says people can look forward to a family shopping experience - this time - without those pineapples adorning the Phoenix skyline......
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Chatsworth community crime fighter laid to rest

SABC News and Current Affairs — by Newsbreak Producer, Rachel Vadi - It was a fitting tribute to a committed community crime fighter. 26 year old, Chatsworth Community Policing Forum (CPF) activist, Marlin Pillay, was laid to rest yesterday at the Claire Estate crematorium in Durban. Pillay died on Tuesday afternoon after allegedly succumbing to injuries that he sustained in an accident that as allegedly staged by criminals along the Higginson Highway in Chatsworth. Crossmoor CPF Sub Forum Chairperson, Zain Cassim says that they are working with police to ensure that this criminal element is stopped from operating in the area.
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Newsbreak chats to the new Indian High Commissioner to SA, Ms Ruchira Kamboj

SABC News and Current Affairs — by Newsbreak Producer, Taresh Harreeparshad - Newly appointed Indian High Commissioner to South Africa Ruchira Kamboj says that Indians born in the country have successfully overcome the challenge of balancing their Indian heritage alongside their South African identity. Kamboj was appointed in July this year and last month received her official accreditation from President Jacob Zuma. Kamboj is currently visiting Durban for the first time since taking office. Her job will now entail accelerating and solidifying the diplomatic relations between the two countries. Indian High Commissioner Kamboj says that South Africans of Indian-origin have effectively contributed to the growth of this country, while at the same time maintaining their authentic cultural roots to India...
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Toy R Us files for bankruptcy overseas, SA franchise not affected

SABC News and Current Affairs — Following reports of US based Toys "R" Us Inc filing for bankruptcy this week, marketing manager in South Africa, Nicole Annells says that the local franchise will not be closing its doors anytime soon. Annells says that the South African franchise was not in any way adversely affected by the US franchise bankruptcy....

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