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19
JUN
8am

#PODCAST: Alex Total Shutdown movement march to Sandton

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer Shanell Daniel - Alexandra residents have marched to the City of Johannesburg offices in Sandton today demanding answers from the city. This after Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba promised to rebuild structures which were demolished lastweek in the township. A total shutdown is also underway at the Alexandra township, north of Johannesburg, which has been initiated by The Alexandra Shutdown Committee. The Shutdown Movement began after a rapid growth of illegal dwellings in the township. Our SABC News reporter, Sashin Naidoo, is at Alexandra. He says Alexandra residents have taken to the streets welcoming the demolition and standing against the rebuilding of the structures....
19
JUN
8am

#PODCAST: Security guards cleared in DUT student shooting

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer Mfundo Mthembu - Two security guards, in connection with the death of a Durban University of Technology (DUT) student have been cleared on murder charges. The two security guards were under investigation following the shooting of Mlungisi Madonsela, a third-year business administration student from Jozini in north-eastern KwaZulu-Natal. The 20-year old Madonsela was killed during a student protest on February 5, outside the Open House building opposite the Steve Biko campus at DUT. It's understood that the National Prosecuting Authority has called on the murder charges to be withdrawn due to insufficient evidence. The University's Alan Khan says they cannot comment on the matter at this stage since they were not part of the investigations. Meanwhile the South African Students Congress (SASCO) Provincial Chairperson - Mqondisi Duma says they will knock on every door until justice is served...
19
JUN
8am

#PODCAST: Durban paramedics shot and robbed in fake emergency call-out

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer Taliesha Naidoo - Two Durban paramedics have been shot and robbed by unknown suspects when they responded to a fake emergency call-out. The paramedics belong to the KwaZulu-Natal Emergency Medical Services. The two victims responded to an emergency maternity case in the Amatikwe area of Inanda, north of Durban in the early hours of this morning. It is here that the paramedics were allegedly attacked and shot several times. They are being treated for their injuries at a Durban hospital. KwaZulu-Natal Health MEC Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu says the attack on the paramedics is both sad and barbaric........
19
JUN
2am

#PODCAST: A 15-year-old Ladysmith girl has been selected to represent SA at a massive leadership summit in Chicago

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer Matthew Veeran - A 15-year-old Ladysmith girl will soon get the chance of a lifetime when she represents South Africa at the Global Youth Ambassadors Leadership Program in Chicago. Shakaarah Bharath will be the only South African participant joining over 70 girls from across the globe for a robust program, designed to build the next generation of global leaders. Shakaarah is a talented speaker who has a passion for issues affecting women and often engages in school debates and spoken word poetry to express her views. Speaking ahead of her much-anticipated trip, Shakaarah says that she hopes to break the stigma that many people have of South Africa and show them that we can compete on an even footing...
19
JUN
1am

#PODCAST: A farcry from once being described as a "farm town" - Verulam continues to impress on the social media front

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Executive Producer Salma Patel - The sleepy town of Verulam on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast has been thrust into the tech landscape. Far from being the stereotypical "farm" town, Verulam is now gaining popularity on social media through online platforms that seek to highlight the town's successes and scenery. Founder of "I Love Verulam" - Valen Govender - who got his name because he was born on Valentines Day - says Social media users are encouraged to send photos and updates to the accounts either on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter...
19
JUN
1am

#PODCAST: Community activist Jonathan Annipen arranges a host of meetings to address the concerns of SASSA beneficiaries

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer Shanell Daniel - Meetings are being held across Durban for social grant recipients to address their issues of concern. South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) representatives are expected to attend these meetings to provide recipients with alternate forms of payment which are safer and more reliable. This after the discovery of SASSA cards being cloned sparked outrage and great concern among beneficiaries. Community activist and organiser of the meetings - Jonathan Annipen, says this will be the ideal platform for beneficiaries especially, pensioners to bring forward their concerns at a place nearest to them...
19
JUN
1am

#PODCAST: JHB residents urged to use water sparingly, as they brace for a possible 54 HOUR water shutdown

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer Mfundo Mthembu - Taps in Gauteng will run dry for 54 hours from the 24th of June. This as Rand Water has scheduled a major water shutdown for maintenance work and repairs to be conducted. The shutdown will affect all Gauteng reservoirs water supply. The City of Johannesburg Member of the Mayoral Committee responsible for the Environment and Infrastructure Services, Nico de Jager is appealing to all residents to use water sparingly during the mass shutdown...
19
JUN
1am

#PODCAST: Verulam NPO call for the history of Indian Indentured labourers to be included in school curriculums

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer Taliesha Naidoo - The history of the Indian Indentured labourers in South Africa could soon be included into the curriculum at schools in the country. This after the 1860 Indentured Labourers Foundation in Verulam had written to the Department of Basic Education requesting the inclusion into the school syllabus. The department has now appointed a Ministerial Task Team that will review the submission and revise the history curriculum accordingly from grades four to 12. Member of the foundation and convenor of the submission - Anand Jayrajh says the Indian Indentured labourers saved the economy of KwaZulu-Natal from bankruptcy during the 1860's and their contribution to the country must be preserved...
19
JUN
1am

#PODCAST: Dire consequences for employees and doctors who produce fraudulent sick note

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer Tashlan Naidoo - A Durban-based labour lawyer says that employers have the right to subpoena an employee's doctor to explain the information on a sick note. Saber Ahmed Jazbhay says that doctor-patient confidentiality will not be broken and that the doctor will just need to substantiate and explain the reasons behind the awarding of the sick note. Jazbhay says if either party is found guilty of fraudulent activity in this regard, the consequences could be dire for both doctor and employee...
18
JUN
9am

#PODCAST: Robust discussions on violence and discipline at South African schools

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer Mfundo Mthembu - Following the recent spate of violence and crime in South African schools, various stakeholders held a robust discussions at a media briefing in Pretoria. The South African Police Services, various teacher's unions and Equal Education groups gathered to share solutions to curb thr scourge of violence facing schools. Using of drugs and substance abuse were some of the major suspected factors to have had a contribution to violence and crime in schools. SABC Reporter Maluti Obuseng is at the briefing and says police intervention in school will be seen playing a pivotal role...
18
JUN
9am

#PODCAST: Gauteng Department of Transport to vet taxis operating on reopened Soweto routes

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer Taliesha Naidoo - Taxi ranks and routes at Soweto in Johannesburg which are operated by rival associations WATA and NANDUWE has been reopened. The two organisations were stopped from operating and their ranks closed in March this year following violent clashes between members which claimed the lives of three people. A peace deal was signed between the rival taxi associations in Soweto last Tuesday in which the groups pledged to end all hostilities. This morning the Gauteng Department of Transport began the process of vetting minibus taxis that will be operating on the now reopened Soweto ranks and routes. SABC News reporter - Sashin Naidoo says taxi owners, drivers and commuters have welcomed the reopening of the ranks and routes......
18
JUN
9am

#PODCAST: EFF to take Trevor Manuel matter to the Supreme Court of Appeal

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer Taliesha Naidoo - The Economic Freedom Fighters' application for leave to appeal the ruling in Trevor Manuel's defamation case has been dismissed by the Gauteng High Court today. In a statement in March, the EFF accused Manuel of nepotism and corruption in influencing the appointment of new Sars commissioner, Edward Kieswetter. In May, the court ruled that the statements were defamatory and false and ordered the EFF to apologise and pay a fine of 500-thousand-rand. Speaking to the SABC - EFF Secretary-General, Godrich Gardee says the party intends to exercise their right to partition the Supreme Court of Appeal for leave to appeal and that they will do within the next 24 hours....

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