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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26
OCT
1am

#PODCAST: We investigate how the Coronavirus pandemic could impact the performance of #matric learners

By Newsbreak Producer Taliesha Naidoo - As the class of 2020 prepare for their final examinations, fears have been mounting on how the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown might affect performance and results. An exam under the current circumstances, coupled with the expectations for academic excellence, could place immense pressure on a student. Educational Psychologist, Nicola Buhr explains how such pressure could impact learners and also goes through some of the warning signs parents should look out for...
26
OCT
1am

#PODCAST: New publication sheds light on how South African women were impacted by the lockdown

By Newsbreak Producer Taliesha Naidoo - The lockdown has left many women across the world bearing the brunt of responsibility. To highlight this, a group of 18 South African women have come together to pen down their experiences, thoughts and even a fictional short story or two - in a book titled, "Lockdown Behind the Mask." The book, sheds the spotlight on how women were impacted by an increasing workload at home, dwindling economic resources and gender based violence during the lockdown. Taliesha Naidoo spoke to co-editor, Jann Weeratunga...
26
OCT
1am

#PODCAST: This week's #1860 feature looks back at the storied history of Isipingo's Marieamman Temple

By Newsbreak Producer Rachel Vadi - The Isipingo Marieamman Temple was established in 1870, by Nariansamy Moodley - an Indian Indentured Labourer who carried a Marieamman Murthi with him in his journey from India to South Africa. When the sugar barons noticed the large numbers of devotees that would gather on the banks of the river, they allocated land to Moodley to build the temple. Since then, the annual trek of the popular Easter Prayer attracts thousands of devotes from around the world. In this week's 1860 feature, Newsbreak spoke to Nariansamy's great-grandson - Sugan Moodley...
25
OCT
9am

#PODCAST - #NewsbreakTalk looks at #RoadSafety this festive season following the latest #roaddeaths

By Newsbreak Presenter and Producer, Taresh Harreepershad

The Bergville Taxi Association in KwaZulu-Natal says it has begun preparing for an influx of commuters as the holiday season approaches to reduce road accidents. This follows a series of major accidents that has claimed more than twenty lives in the province. Sixteen people were killed in a crash involving a taxi and a truck on Thursday in Zululand, while 13 were killed when a taxi crashed at Bulwer in the southern parts of the province two weeks ago.
23
OCT
1am

#PODCAST: Racial tensions, COVID-19 and Trump's taxes dominate discussions at the final US presidential debate

By Newsbreak Producers Matthew Veeran and Taliesha Naidoo - The mute button, or at least the threat of it, seemed to work - during the second and final United States Presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. In contrast the the previous debate, the candidates were more restrained and allowed each other to speak. With just 11 days to go now until the US election, the debate saw Trump and Biden tangle over race, Covid-19 and Trump's questionable taxes. Meanwhile, President Trump trails Joe Biden in most national polls...
23
OCT
1am

#PODCAST: Two men expected to appear at the Durban Magistrates Court for the alleged murder of a homeless person

By Newsbreak Producer Shanell Daniel - Two men are expected to appear at the Durban Magistrates court on Monday for the alleged murder of a vagrant over a stolen cell-phone dispute. KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson - Colonel Thembeka Mbele says the 33-year old-man was at the Saint Andrews sports field in Durban when the incident occurred. Colonel Mbele says he was living near the field in a tent, erected by the Municipality for the homeless...
23
OCT
1am

#PODCAST: "UbuntuCare" initiative looks to provide both employment and free cloth masks to high-risk communities

By Newsbreak Producer Matthew Veeran - The Western Cape Health Department have partnered with charities and a local clothing manufacturer to provide both employment and free quality cloth masks to people in high-risk communities. Known as "UbuntuCare", the initiative aims to address issues in rural areas, which have been hit the hardest by COVID-19 infections. The masks consists of three layers, with the middle layer filtering approximately 70% of droplets from entering the covering. One of the backers of this initiative is Dr. Jantjie Taljaard - Head of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Stellenbosch University. He says with an impending second wave of infections, citizens need to remain cautious as they increase contact with others...
23
OCT
1am

#PODCAST: The Move One Million protest against social ills heads to Durban and Pietermaritzburg this weekend

By Newsbreak Producer Rachel Vadi - Global non-profit company, "Move One Million" will be hosting peaceful demonstrations throughout South Africa this weekend - protesting against social ills they believe the government has failed to address. KZN Conveyor, Kamershen Ponnan says they want the South African government to know that ordinary citizens are no longer prepared to accept the longstanding status quo of crime, poverty and corruption. The protest will take place on Saturday 24th October 2020 from 10am at the Durban and Pietermaritzburgh City Halls...
22
OCT
7am

#PODCAST: Former Phoenix resident Dr. Sooraj Baijnath - wins internationally acclaimed "Bio-analysis Rising Star Award"

By Newsbreak Producer Taresh Harreeparshad - Inspiring students to pursue their dreams regardless of the circumstances they face. That's according to Dr. Sooraj Baijnath - receipient of the "Bio-analysis Rising Star Award". Beating scientists from all over the world, the Phoenix-born UKZN academic impressed the Waters Corporation with his study on the long term cognitive impact of HIV/AIDS. Now based at the Uppsala University in Sweden, Dr. Baijnath will present a host of seminars on his research in the field of bio-analysis. He says the award must serve as a reminder that despite not having many opportunities in life - you can still achieve your dreams...
22
OCT
7am

#PODCAST: An early morning shooting claims the life of a young man in Pinetown

By Newsbreak Producer Shanell Daniel - A man believed to be in his twenties has been shot dead at Old Main Road, in Pinetown, west of Durban. According to Spokesperson for Rescue Care Paramedics, Rowen Scandroglio, details surrounding the shooting remains unknown at this stage. Scandroglio adds that despite attempts made by paramedics, nothing could be done to save the mans life...

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