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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APR
1am

#PODCAST With national blood supplies at just 2.4 days, @theSANBS urge the public to #DonateBloodToday

By Newsbreak Producer Shanell Daniel - The lives of those in need of blood transfusions hang in the balance if donors do not come forward in time. These are the sentiments of South African National Blood Service (SANBS) Regional Marketing Manager, Sifiso Khoza. The national blood supply is currently at just 2.4 days. Khoza urges blood donors to not only come forward, but to also become regular donors to avoid shortages and help save lives...
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APR
1am

#PODCAST: Investment experts urge parents to teach their children money-saving habits at a young age

By Newsbreak Producer Tashlan Naidoo - Teaching your children to be money-wise from a young age is crucial in securing their future in a such an uncertain society. This is the sentiment of Aneesa Razack, the CEO of Share Investing, Wealth and Investments at FNB. The financial inequality seen in South Africa has further been compounded by the economic devastation by the COVID-19 pandemic - making investments and savings much more difficult. Razack says turning savings lessons into a family affair can have a positive impact in the long term...
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APR
2am

#PODCAST "Temporary halt of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine could last only a few days" - Dr Zweli Mkhize

The South African government has temporarily suspended the rollout of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, made the announcement last night. It comes hard on the heels of the Food and Drug Administration in the United States calling for an immediate pause in the use of the vaccine, after six women who received it developed a rare and severe form of blood clotting. Meanwhile, Mkhize says he expects the matter to be cleared within the next few days. Prabashini Moodley reports...
14
APR
2am

#PODCAST 2 suspects to appear at the Verulam Magistrate's Court today, for the alleged murder of a police officer

By Newsbreak Producer Shanell Daniel - The two suspects believed to be responsible for the murder of a 36-year-old police official, Sergeant Nduduzo Sibiya, are expected to appear at the Verulam Magistrate's Court, north of Durban, today. Hawks members from Durban Serious Organised Crime unit arrested the two suspects aged 18 and 25 for the murder at Cornubia over the weekend. It is alleged that Sibiya was stabbed and killed after helping a woman who was being assaulted. The suspects allegedly followed the off-duty Sergeant and fatally stabbed him before robbing him of his service pistol. KZN Hawks spokesperson Simphiwe Mhlongo has the details...
14
APR
2am

PODCAST Reaction from @CASACZA as a SCA ruling could see former president #JacobZuma pay his own legal bills

By Newsbreak Producer Tashlan Naidoo - The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC) says the state's funding of Jacob Zuma's legal fees demonstrates the extent of state capture and how public funds have been misappropriated during his term in office. CASAC were reacting to the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein dismissing the former president's appeal against a judgment that the state isn't liable for the legal costs incurred by him in his personal capacity. In 2006 and in 2008 Zuma submitted requests to the State Attorney for legal assistance at the state's expense. The SCA said that it was only in March 2018 that the EFF and the DA had become aware of the asserted legal basis for the funding, of which they then opposed. CASAC Executive Secretary- Lawson Naidoo says Zuma may approach the Constitutional Court, but doubts they will come to a different judgement...
14
APR
2am

#PODCAST Psychologist Professor Kobus Maree explores how employers can deal with cases of "Survival Remorse"

By Newsbreak Producer Hoosen Ebrahim - As the tough economic conditions continue to ravage the employment market, companies are continuing to cut back on staff to save costs. Experts are now saying that not enough attention is given to those staffers who are left behind - employees who are now likely to bear brunt an increased workload. This is referred to as "Survival Remorse" - where those who survive the proverbial axe feel anxious, discouraged and in some instances, guilty that their colleagues lost their jobs. Editor of the South African Journal of Psychology - Professor Kobus Maree says employees that managed to retain their jobs need to now stay focussed and deliver on the task at hand...
14
APR
2am

#PODCAST: SA Tobacco Transformation Alliance (SATTA) want government to introduce strict legislation on excise taxes

By Newsbreak Producer Matthew Veeran - The South African tobacco industry has expressed collective outrage aimed at the continued growth of the illicit cigarette market. A recent Ipsos study showed a dramatic increase in illicit trading over the past few months, with the lockdown actually assisting manufacturers and traders to grow illegal operations at a rapid pace. In some instances, an illicit pack of 20's can sell for as little as six rand. Reacting to the study, the South Africa Tobacco Transformation Alliance (SATTA) say that government is partly to blame. They allege that the latest boom in illicit sales is directly linked to tax increases of R1.39 a packet - introduced in February this year. SATTA spokesperson Zachariah Motsumi says the only way to rectify the situation is through the introduction of strict legislation relating to paying excise taxes...
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APR
8am

#PODCAST: Billions in tax lost as new research suggests several outlets are selling cigarettes well below the legal rate

By Newsbreak Producer Shanell Daniel - 'With almost a 10-percent increase on the figures recorded only a month ago - before the big hike in tobacco sin taxes - it is shockingly clear that the increase has triggered a full-scale price war among tax-evading manufacturers'. These are the sentiments of Founder of Tax Justice South Africa, Yusuf Abramjee. This follows the release of the latest study by market research specialists, IPSOS - showing that three quarters of retail outlets in hotspot provinces are now selling cigarettes below the legal tax rate. Abramjee says the country is being robbed of billions in taxes, at a time it can least afford it...
13
APR
1am

#PODCAST 15-year-old Thiara Morgan-Govender reaches new heights at the 2021 SA Athletics Championships

By Newsbreak Producer Rachel Vadi - 15-year-old Thiara Morgan-Govender is one step closer to achieving her dream of being an Olympic Champ. The Northlands Girls High School learner has participated in the 2021 South African Athletics Championships organised by Athletics South Africa. Her appearance at the competition was a success, obtaining a personal best time in the 100 and 200 metre sprints. Thiara says the championship was tough but also a learning experience...
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APR
1am

#PODCAST Local doctors hope to mininise the use of asthma inhalers through the #Yes2Breathe campaign

By Newsbreak Producer Tashlan Naidoo - South Africa ranks fifth globally when it comes to the number of asthma related deaths among five to 35-year-olds, with figures showing that almost four million people are asthmatic in the country. This is according to the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA), who also found that five people in SA die from Asthma every week. Through the #yes2breathe campaign, medical professionals hope to help patients stop over-using symptom relief inhalers in order to focus on remedying the root problem. Gauteng-based Dr Marlin McKay says taking a quick relief inhaler more than three times a week is considered as over-reliant...
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APR
1am

#PODCAST Local security company report on a significant increase in incidents of social media blackmail

By Newsbreak Executive Producer Salma Patel - Social media users, beware! Soliciting nude images or explicit videos could cost you a lot of money and even your life. Recently, a Durban man received a threatening message from an unknown person demanding a "time-waster's fee" of R5,000 after he chatted to a woman over whatsapp - then declined her services. The victim confirmed that he was chatting to a women who offered to send nude pictures of herself for R500. The conversation started on Facebook then moved to whatsapp where the suspect told the victim she would also send a video for R800. After transferring the money via eWallet the suspect forwarded the pictures and video to the victim. However, when the victim declined the offer from another woman, his life was threatened. Director of Reaction Unit South Africa, Prem Balram, says in these situations the victims are often too embarrassed to open up a charge of blackmail at the police station...
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APR
1am

#PODCAST Justice and Correctional Services say those responsible for recent leaks of prison videos "will be dealt with"

By Newsbreak Producer Shanell Daniel - The Department of Justice and Correctional Services has identified and taken legal action against the person responsible for the production and distribution of unauthorised videos circulating on social media. The videos depict three inmates assaulting a prison official in uniform and an inmate carrying several weapons. According to Spokesperson for the Department of Justice and Correctional Services, Singabakho Nxulalo, permission was not granted for the production of the videos - which also contravened a law barring the unauthorised wearing or use of the uniform. Nxumalo says such actions undermine the authority of the state and anyone found masquerading as a correctional or custody official will face the full might of the law...

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