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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03
DEC
1am

#PODCAST: AA urge motorists to go through the necessary vehicle checks before embarking on a holiday trip

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer Prabashini Moodley - The 2018 festive season saw the loss of more than 1,600 lives as a result of South Africa's road carnage. Now, as the 2019 holiday period is upon us, many families are preparing for their annual vacation. In an effort to reduce road deaths this December, the Automobile Association (AA) is urging motorists to ensure all vehicles have been through the necessary road checks. Motorists can also expect petrol to increase by 11-cents per litre and a drop in the price of diesel by 23-cents per litre from tonight. The AA's Layton Beard....
03
DEC
1am

#PODCAST: Phoenix Network Forum wrap trees along the Phoenix Highway with bright orange fabric #16Days

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer Shanell Daniel - As a mark of strength and endurance for South African women to remain fearless in the face of abuse - the Phoenix Network Forum has wrapped trees along the Phoenix Highway with orange fabric. This as the country observes the "16 Days of Activism" campaign. The Forum is aiming to send a message to women to stand up against their perpetrators by using the colour orange - which symbolises a brighter future for all women and girls. The Forum's chairperson - Sharleen Pillay says the hope is that the orange trees will initiate conversations surrounding the harsh reality of gender based violence...
03
DEC
1am

#PODCAST: On "International Day of Persons with Disabilities", experts say education and awareness is the way forward

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer Tashlan Naidoo - Accessibility of basic services has yet again come to the fore, as today marks International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Under the theme "The Future is Accessible", people around the world are garnering support for a more inclusive society. Director of the Gauteng Provincial Association for Persons with Disabilities, Beena Chiba says education and awareness is the way forward. Chiba believes that the general health of a person living with a disability is largely influenced by their environment - one which is shunned upon by many societies...
03
DEC
1am

#PODCAST: Mobile giants Vodacom and MTN given two months to significantly reduce data prices or face prosecution

SABC News and Current Affairs — The Competition Commission has given Vodacom and MTN two month to reduce mobile data prices by 30 to 50 percent or face prosecution. The commission says an international benchmark found that mobile data prices in South Africa are excessive. The commission releasing the final report on data services market inquiry. Naledi Ngcobo reports...
03
DEC
1am

#PODCAST: ANC and its alliance partners gather for an urgent meeting, discussing the country's economic crisis

SABC News and Current Affairs — The country's economic and jobs crisis was under the spotlight last-night at a meeting between the ANC and its alliance partners Cosatu and the SACP currently under-way at Luthuli House. The crucial Alliance Political Council meeting will receive a report on a unified economic strategy for the country. This follows an instruction by the Council earlier that alliance partners come up with a holistic approach to the economy. Ntebo Mokobo reports...
02
DEC
3am

#PODCAST: Exclusive sit-down with @LanaMarks, as #PEPFAR pledges over 20-billion-rand to fight HIV/AIDS in the country

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer Prabashini Moodley - United States ambassador to South Africa - Lana Marks says, the U.S is committed to their continued support through the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief or PEPFAR to South Africa. Ambassador Marks arrived in the province of KwaZulu-Natal at the weekend visited HIV/AIDS clinics in the run-up to World Aids Day yesterday. Ambassador Marks says, United States has pledged twenty-one billion rand to fight HIV/AIDS in South Africa...
02
DEC
2am

#PODCAST: Academic Sheetal Bhoola - "against the odds, Indians have made their mark in South Africa" #1860

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer Prabashini Moodley - On the 16th of November 1860, the first Indian ship, transporting Indentured labourers - the SS Truro - arrived in the then port of Natal - bringing along thousands of Indians from the sub-continent. This year marks 159 years since their arrival. In commemorating this landmark anniversary, in the month of November - Newsbreak payed tribute to fallen heroes by telling their remarkable stories through literature. UKZN academic with specialisation in Sociology - Dr Sheetal Bhoola says, the Indian community has made their mark in South Africa despite all odds....
02
DEC
2am

#PODCAST: Investigations underway after a suspect - holding two babies hostage, is shot dead by a police officer

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer Shanell Daniel - The fatal shooting of a hostage suspect is being investigated by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate. This after the suspect was shot dead by an on-duty police officer at Brakfontein, in East London, over the weekend. According to Sontaga Seisa, the acting national spokesperson for IPID, the man held hostage two babies - aged two-months and a two-weeks-old respectively. It is alleged that he killed a man during the incident. Seisa says IPID is investigating the shooting of the suspect, while police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the hostage incident and the killing of the victim...
02
DEC
2am

#PODCAST: The police ministry launches a six-month-long amnesty period for South Africans to surrender unwanted guns

SABC News and Current Affairs — By Newsbreak Producer Rachel Vadi -
December may herald in the last month of 2019, but December 1st 2019, also kicked off a six-month long firearms amnesty as announced by police Minister Bheki Cele. During this period, South Africans will be able to surrender unwanted and illegal firearms and ammunition without fear of persecution. Gun Free South Africa's Director, Adele Kirsten says this is the fourth amnesty being held in the last 30 years. She says she hopes this amnesty would help cure violent deaths in South Africa...

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