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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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...
14
MAY
1am

#PODCAST Psychologist Dr. Sherona Rawat urges police officers with PTSD to seek urgent medical assistance

By Newsbreak Producer Shanell Daniel - Concern over the mental well-being of police officers has been brought under the spotlight. This following several cases of violence involving police officers throughout the country. Reports show that many police officers have used their state firearms in non-work related shootings and have been the perpetrators of violent crimes. According to Clinical Psychologist, Dr Sherona Rawat, police officers need workshops and tools to better handle the trauma they face daily. Rawat says this is imperative to avoid mental break-downs which occur due to secondary post-traumatic stress disorders..
14
MAY
1am

#PODCAST New Israeli missiles hit the north of #Gaza in what could be the deadliest attacks yet

By Newsbreak Producer Genevieve Lanka - Tensions continue to escalate in Gaza, as Israeli army chiefs are due to be presented with plans for a possible ground invasion of Gaza as troops gather on the border. Over one hundred people, including children have been killed since monday. Heavy Israeli air strike and Palestinian rocket fire have continued throughout the night. This comes as Muslims around the world observe Eid ul Fitr - one of the holiest events in the Islamic calendar which marks the end of the month long fast or Ramadan. Globally, pro-Palestine groups have held solidarity marches calling for sanctions against Israel. The South African Muslim Network - Chairperson - Dr Faisal Suliman - says this year's Eid celebrations will be a sombre time for reflections...

Meanwhile, The Israeli military has intensified its assault on Gaza, as Palestinian militants continue to fire rockets into Israel on the fifth day of hostilities. Israel's army said air and ground forces were involved in attacks today but had not entered Gaza.
13
MAY
2am

#PODCAST Over 100 inmates - pardoned to combat the spread of COVID-19 - have now been RE-ARRESTED

Over 100 low-risk inmates who were released last year as part of efforts to minimise and combat the spread of COVID-19 have been re-arrested for committing serious crimes such as murder. This has been revealed in a briefing to Parliament's Justice and Correctional Services Committee. Last year, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that 19,000 inmates would be released on parole in an effort to curb the spread of Coronavirus in overcrowded prisons. Ultimately, close to 14,000 low-risk inmates were released. Zalene Merrington reports...
13
MAY
2am

#PODCAST Talent agent Elsubie Verlinden talks up the exciting new South African reality tv show "Live Your Dream"

By Newsbreak Producer Matthew Veeran - This July, a proudly South African television show titled "Live Your Dream" will make its way to our homes, hoping to inspire young, aspiring talent to emerge from their shells and blossom into fully-fledged superstars. Whether it's through song, dance or the performing arts, youth will be handed the opportunity to live out their own unique dream. A brainchild of popular talent agent Elsubie Verlinden, the show will also work hand in hand with the International ARTS Talent Showcase - a platform where local entertainers can show off skills to an international audience. Verlinden says after years working in what is an unforgiving industry, her new show will not only develop the talents of the participants, but also to assist them with business opportunities where possible...
13
MAY
2am

#PODCAST "South African Jews for a Free Palestine" add their voice to the growing calls for sanctions against #Israel

By Newsbreak Producer Genevieve Lanka - As international calls for action against Israel intensifies, the South African Zionist Federation says sanctions against the country is not the answer. Yesterday, hundreds of pro-Palestinian supporters marched to Parliament in Cape Town, demanding the a boycott and divestment of - and sanctions against Israel, as well a total shutdown of the South African embassy in Israel. This follows escalating unrest in Gaza since Sunday, when Israeli forces storm the Al-Aqsa compound in Jerusalem. Citing Israel's foreign direct investment in South Africa and many other countries, Chairperson of the Federation, Rowan Polovin says there should rather be engagement. However, representative of the organisation "South African Jews for a Free Palestine" - Alan Kolski Horwitz has rejected sentiment that criticism of Israel is tantamount to anti-semitism. He also welcomed the growing calls for sanctions against Israel...
13
MAY
2am

#PODCAST UJ researcher explains why SA's foreign policy contradicts the Israel Palestine conflict

By Newsbreak Producer Tashlan Naidoo - Researcher of International Law at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) - Ropafadzo Maphosa says South Africa's foreign policy contradicts the violent conflict between Israel and Palestine. Maphosa says it will be interesting to see if South Africa will follow their own policy, that of the African Union (AU) or the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in dealing with the matter...
12
MAY
8am

#PODCAST A plan to boost local entrepreneurship - that's Made In Chatsworth...

By Newsbreak Producer Tashlan Naidoo - In a bid to reverse the economic devastation caused by the covid19 lockdown on the people of Chatsworth south of Durban, the idea of a new market to showcase local goods, services and talent was born. Running from 9am to 3pm every Sunday from this weekend, organisers of the Made In Chatsworth Market found this appropriate to not coincide with the infamous Bangladesh market traders. Co-organiser Kiru Naidoo says everything from furniture to fresh produce and home-made vedas will be available from the venue at the Depot Road Primary school at Bayview in Chatsworth...
12
MAY
8am

#PODCAST We pay tribute to those on the frontline of the Covid-19 pandemic this International Nurses Day

By Newsbreak Producer Tashlan Naidoo - Metrobus in Johannesburg have approached the Braamfontein Labour Court to file an urgent interdict to stop a strike by drivers represented by union DEMAWUSA. The strike which is in its 7th day has left almost 40-thousand commuters stranded. Workers are demanding an 18-percent salary increase, a 15-thousand-rand Covid-19 allowance and a 14th cheque. Spokesperson Deon Makhura, says unless ordered by the court - the strike will continue until their demands are m
12
MAY
8am

#PODCAST Alleged Taxi Boss gunned down in Waterloo, KZN

By Newsbreak Producer Shanell Daniel - KwaZulu-Natal police are investigating a case of murder after an 49-year-old man has been shot dead at Waterloo, north of Durban, in an alleged taxi-related incident. Provincial police spokesperson, Colonel Thembeka Mbhele, confirmed the incident, which occurred last night. She says details pertaining to the case are still under investigation...
12
MAY
1am

#PODCAST Johannesburg producer @djavesh discusses the success of his global chutney hit "Chal Gaye Nana"

By Newsbreak Producer Matthew Veeran - A new chutney number with an international flavour is making waves in both the local and foreign music scenes. "Chal Gaye Nana" by local producer Deejay Avesh and Trinidadian artist "Terry G" has hit radio stations in the United States, Canada and various parts of the Caribbean - and now hopes to gain momentum here on South African shores. Formerly of Phoenix, Deejay Avesh has always had a love for Indian culture and it shows through his melodious beats and remixes. With numerous fusion elements embedded in his new song, it also seems to have resonated with younger audiences, who have adopted it on the popular social media platform "TikTok". Matthew spoke to Deejay Avesh to find out more about his hit collaboration, here's what he had to say...

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