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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12
MAY
1am

#PODCAST International superpowers intensify peace talks after days of violence and turmoil in #Jerusalem

By Newsbreak Producer Tashlan Naidoo - The United States, European Union and the United Kingdom have appealed for calm after days of unrest in Jerusalem spiralled into retaliatory attacks by Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza. They've urged both sides to ease tensions as soon as possible. Palestinian militants fired a barrage of rockets into Israel from Gaza yesterday, after Israeli police stormed the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem on Sunday, firing rubber bullets and stun grenades. Thus far, 26 people have been killed, including nine children. In response, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to step up its Gaza strikes. Executive Director at Afro Middle East Centre, Naeem Jeenah says as-long as the US and UN turn a blind eye to Israel's attacks on Palestine, more people will be killed...
11
MAY
1am

#PODCAST Plastic Surgeon and Burns Unit specialist @k_lutch talks effective home remedies to treat burns

By Newsbreak Producer Rachel Vadi - With winter fast approaching, incidents of dangerous fires and burns increase with the use of heaters and warmers. Plastic Surgeon and Head of the Burns Unit at Life Mount Edgecombe Hospital, Dr Kajal Lutchminarian says awareness and education are the most important aspects when dealing with burns. She says butter, oil or any other condiments should never be used to treat burns. She says instead, cold running water is one of the most effective home remedies of treating burns. Dr. Lutchminarian was speaking to Rachel Vadi for this week's Medical Monitor...
11
MAY
1am

#PODCAST With the resumption of #Hajj, tour operators say pilgrims must be wary of "massive price hikes"

By Newsbreak Producer Hoosen Ebrahim - Tour operators have warned against a massive price hike in performing the annual Hajj pilgrimage this year. This after Saudi authorities announced that Hajj 2021 will go ahead under special conditions - to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah announced that they will allow a small number of pilgrims into the kingdom under strict health and precautionary measures. Tour operators meanwhile, say that further clarity on logistics and South Africa's quota will only emerge towards the end of this month. Deputy President of South African Muslim Travel Operators Association - Irshad Malek - has the details...
11
MAY
1am

#PODCAST @LubnaNadvi says the international community is partly to blame for tensions between #Israel and #Palestine

By Newsbreak Producer Tashlan Naidoo - Political analyst Dr Lubna Nadvi believes the international community and United Nations (UN) must be held accountable for the social and political unrest between Israel and Palestine. She was reacting to the clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police outside the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem on Sunday. It is alleged that Israeli police opened fire with rubber bullets and stun grenades, while congregants were praying. More than 300 people were injured as a result. Nadvi says these most recent "attacks" are part of the Israeli Prime Minister's agenda to take complete control over Palestinian regions...
11
MAY
1am

#PODCAST Research proves that the new variants of COVID-19 are LESS transmissible than SA's 501.V2 variant

By Newsbreak Producer Genevieve Lanka - Director of the KZN Research, Innovation and Sequencing Platform (KRISP) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal - Professor Tulio de Oliveira - says the majority of the COVID-19 cases in South Africa are of the 501.V2 variant. This variant is believed to have fuelled the country's second wave. He says is no evidence to suggest that so called "new variants" - are more transmissible than the 501.V2 variant...
10
MAY
8am

#PODCAST Peeping Toms beware! You could face 20 years in jail for impairing the dignity or privacy of another person

By Newsbreak Producer Rachel Vadi - The case of a Durban man who is facing charges related to the "Peeping Tom" law has re-emphasised the possibility of jail time for those who post pictures of individuals on social media without their consent. According to attorney at Harkoo Brijlal & Reddy Incorporated - Revonia Royappen-Pillay - the Peeping Tom law comes into effect when a person unlawfully and intentionally impairs the dignity of a person's privacy. In the latest case - 38-year-old Mohamed Fories Hoosen - appeared before the Durban Magistrate's Court last week - on charges of criminal defamation, intimidation and extortion. He is accused of posting pictures of a female complainant, her relatives and friends on a sex website. Pillay explains the parameters of the law in such cases...
10
MAY
8am

#PODCAST Burst power cable leaves Tongaat residents in the dark for more than thirty-six hours

By Newsbreak Senior Producer Genevieve Lanka - The eThekwini Municipality has confirmed that a burst power cable is responsible for a thirty-six hour power outage in areas north of Durban, including Burbreeze in Tongaat. Spokesperson Msawakhe Mayisela says the incident caused damage to twenty-four other sub-stations resulting in the prolonged blackout. He says their teams have been able to restore sixty-percent of power and are working to ensure that all electricity outages will be restored by this evening. Meanwhile, the community of Burbreeze in Tongaat, north of Durban, say they are often left in the dark due to rolling electrical faults in the area. After logging numerous calls, this resident, who asked to remain anonymous, says they have had four blackouts in the last month, all lasting for more than three days. He says aside from losing hundreds of rands worth of food, safety has become a concern..
10
MAY
7am

#PODCAST NICD says restricting travel won't stop the spread of covid-19 variants

By Newsbreak Senior Producer Genevieve Lanka - The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), says unless the country goes into a level five lock down, it will be impractical to lock down South African borders, in the hope that it would restrict the entry of other covid-19 variants into the country. The NICD has already confirmed cases of two imported variants of Covid-19 -- the B.1.617.2 and B.1.1.7 variants -- in South Africa. The NICD's Dr Jinal Bhiman says already the B.1.617.2 has spread to 35-countries globally, and could well be present in others. She says concerns that attempts to curb its spread locally may be too little too late -- are valid...
10
MAY
4am

#PODCAST Private sector paramedics not receiving the #COVD19 #vaccine as frontline healthcare workers

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect communities worldwide, the exposure of Emergency Medical and Rescue Services (EMRS) to the virus has raised concern. First responders or paramedics are in a unique position, performing a vital role as frontline workers during COVID-19. But, its believed that EMRS personnal are not prioritised for the current vaccine rollout. SABC Reporter Rachel Vadi spoke to paramedics in the private sector and filed this report.....
10
MAY
2am

#PODCAST Department of Health confirm that TWO new variants of COVID-19 have been detected here in South Africa

By Newsbreak Producer Taliesha Naidoo - The Department of Health has confirmed variants of the COVID-19 virus first identified in India and the UK have been detected in South Africa. Two cases of the B.1.617.2 variant, dominant in India, were reported in Gauteng with another two reported in KwaZulu-Natal. A total of 11 cases of this "so called" Indian variant, first detected in the UK, were reported in the country - eight in the Western Cape, one in KZN and two in Gauteng. Wits University vaccinology expert, Professor Shabir Madhi says new variants and mutations are inevitable. However, the challenge now lies with the country's vaccination programme and whether the vaccines will be effective against the new variants...

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