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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20
OCT
8am

#PODCAST: Several Pinetown businesses in trouble with the law for flouting regulations and by-laws

By Newsbreak Producer Shanell Daniel - Several businesses have been shut down by Durban's Environmental Health Department while some were fined for flouting regulations and by-laws in Pinetown, west of Durban. The operation focused largely on non-complying food outlets in Hill Street, Stanfield Road, Dales Avenue and the Pinetown CBD. During the course of the inspection, an eatery on Stanfield Road was shutdown with immediate effect for selling shawarma under unhygienic conditions. Among other things it was selling rotten meat and several other transgressions including a lack of a trading license. eThekwini Municipality Spokesperson, Msawakhe Mayisela, urges all businesses to fully comply with laws governing the handling of food...
20
OCT
8am

#POCAST:A new ad hoc committee within the KZN government plans to take a stance against the corrupt in its ranks

By Newsbreak Producer Tashlan Naidoo -In a bid to ensure government officials and departments are held to account for fraud, corruption and maladministration in KwaZulu-Natal, an ad hoc committee has been convened to provide oversight for the next year. KZN municipalities and officials have been in the spotlight in the recent past for alleged tender fraud and corruption among other things. Chairperson of the committee and ANC member, Maggie Govender says her team has already started going through recommendations that have come out of investigations and will be approaching the heads of the implicated departments to enforce them...
20
OCT
2am

#PODCAST: Suspect on the run after the alleged rape of a nine-year-old girl at a Verulam car wash

By Newsbreak Producer Tashlan Naidoo - A nine-year-old girl was allegedly raped at a carwash at Verulam north of Durban yesterday. It's believed the girl went to a local shop to buy bread for her family when the incident occurred. Events of the incident came to light when the grade three learner was with a female family friend, who noticed that the girl wasn't wearing underwear. Director of local security company Reaction Unit South Africa (RUSA), Prem Balram says the suspect is on the run...
20
OCT
2am

#PODCAST: TAFTA introduce an innovative "visitor pod" for the elderly to meet family members safely

By Newsbreak Executive Producer Salma Patel - As scientists worldwide race to find a cure for COVID-19, adapting to the new normal is the best precaution for preventing the spread of the coronavirus. Since the virus is spread through droplets and contact, the Association for the Aged (TAFTA) have launched a special visitor pod that allows for safe visits with the elderly. The two parties are separated by a perspex panel built into a wooden unit that has an intercom. This allows for the elderly to see and hear their family without the need for masks and social distancing. TAFTA CEO Femada Shamam says this visitor pod could very well be "the new normal" that everyone is referring to...
20
OCT
2am

#PODCAST: SA's steel industry plan a massive investment bid, aiming to creating close to 4,000 jobs

By Newsbreak Producer Tashlan Naidoo - As the country the pandemic and the loss of 2.2 million jobs in the 1st quarter of this year, the steel industry plans on creating 4-thousand jobs and investing almost R20 billion into the sector. Steel manufacturing company "United Heavy Industries" has embarked on a R17-billion investment drive over the next five years. R350 million has already been invested in a recently acquired steel mill at Mandeni in northern KwaZulu-Natal. Director at the company Rahul Kaushik says this drive will impact the job market greatly...
20
OCT
2am

#PODCAST: Looking to save lives and livelihoods, government release a revised list of high-risk countries

By Newsbreak Producer Shanell Daniel - Government has released a revised list of high risk countries, based on a risk categorization model. In its last meeting, cabinet instructed the Ministers of Health, Home Affairs and Tourism to lead a process to review the list. Spokesperson for the Minister of Home Affairs, Siya Qoza, says the review of the list was done in such a way that it strikes a balance between saving lives and protecting livelihoods...
20
OCT
2am

#PODCAST: Environmentalists raise concern over a significant amount of waste plaguing the Umgeni River System

By Newsbreak Producer Hoosen Ebrahim - Environmental activists have expressed concern over the sudden spike in waste - including branches, tyres and other forms of rubbish - surfacing on a tributary leading to the uMgeni River System. Its believed that the current situation is down to years of illegal dumping around the river. Meanwhile, local non-governmental organisation "Litter Boom uMngeni" introduced a system, which has made a massive difference in helping to stop the waste from flowing out of the river. Litter Boom coordinator - Siphiwe Rakgabale explains...
19
OCT
7am

#PODCAST: TAFTA unveil a safety pod for the aged within their care to have visits with their loved ones

By Newsbreak Producer Rachel Vadi - The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have heartbreaking implications for senior citizens - who have been living in isolation - cut-off from their family and friends. To combat this secondary implication of the coronavirus, The Association for the Aged (TAFTA) launched a novel idea to bring back the warmth of loved ones while ensuring the three pillars of the new norm is maintained. A unique visitors pod was unveiled at the John Dunn House in Wentworth, south of Durban this morning. TAFTA South Area Manager, Charnete Fouche...
19
OCT
7am

#PODCAST:A double murder in the north of Durban this morning may be linked to ongoing violence in the area

By Newsbreak Producer Tashlan Naidoo - A double murder that took place at Canelands, north of Durban this morning may be linked to to previous crimes that have plagued the area in recent months. That's according to director of local security company, Reaction Unit South Africa or Rusa, Prem Balram. Both victims suffered several gunshots to the head and were declared deceased apon arrival. Balram says incidents of this nature have been happening on a regular basis in this area...
19
OCT
7am

#PODCAST: 27 year old Phoenix woman arrested for the alleged murder of her partner

By Newsbreak Producer Shanell Daniel - The community of Phoenix, north of Durban, has been rocked by the fatal stabbing of 30-year-old Yogan Moodley during an alleged domestic dispute with his 27-year-old partner. The incident took place at Cardinal Road, in Stonebridge over the weekend. KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson, Captain Nqobile Gwala, says the woman has been arrested and is expected to appear at court tomorrow...
19
OCT
2am

#PODCAST: Grey Street Mosque Trustee AV Mohammed talks politics, religion and Indian history in today #1860 focus

By Newsbreak Producer Rachel Vadi - One of the oldest mosques in South Africa - the Jumu'ah Masjid or the Grey Street Mosque, has played a prominent role in shaping not just religious history, but also politics and social cohesion in Durban. In today's 1860 feature we speak to the Chief Trustee at the Mosque, AV Mohammed - who recalls the buildings storied history and how it correlated with the Indian Indentured Labourers...

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