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13
NOV
1am

#PODCAST: eThekwini Mayor calls for prayer following the devastating #TORNADO that ravaged parts of the KZN Midlands

By Newsbreak Producer Hoosen Ebrhaim - Government and disaster management teams have worked throughout the night to assist people affected by a TORNADO that hit the midlands area in KwaZulu-Natal. The weather phenomenon which rocked several homes and public infrastructure occurred at Mpolweni, near New Hanover. Scores of people were injured in the aftermath of the tornado. Meanwhile, the South African Weather Service issued a warning that areas surrounding KZN could still experience severe thunderstorms and strong winds in the coming days. In this exclusive interview, eThekwini Mayor Mxolisi Kaunda has called for prayer...
13
NOV
1am

#PODCAST: Durban doctor Yogandree Ramsamy recognised at the recent Women in Science National Programme #TechnoTouch

By Newsbreak Producer Tashlan Naidoo - A Durban-based medical doctor is among seven women in the country who were awarded research grants at the Women in Science South African National Programme held this week. This in recognition of the quality of their research. Dr. Yogandree Ramsamy, from the College of Health Sciences at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), is a practicing Pathologist specialising in clinical microbiology with the National Health Laboratory Services. Her name has appeared in 2014's "WHO's WHO" in the world listing, while her research has featured in the prestigious "Lancet Infectious Diseases" journal. In this week's Techno Touch we speak to Ramsamy about her research - which she says will focus on antimicrobial resistance in animals, humans and the environment...
13
NOV
12am

#PODCAST: Heavy rainfall further depletes an already collapsed road in Silverglen, south of Durban

By Newsbreak Producer Tashlan Naidoo - Silverglen residents at Chatsworth, south of Durban, are infuriated at the alleged lack of assistance and accountability from the eThekwini Municipality. This follows the heavy rainfall at the weekend which further depleted an already collapsed road in the area - causing partial flooding to a house which is below road level. Silverglen Drive has since been closed-off to traffic after the torrential rainfall that swept across the province of KwaZulu-Natal in April this year. Chatsworth community activist, Tony Govender, says the situation has developed to an extent where he has had to resort to attempting to communicate with eThekwini Mayor Mxolisi Kaunda, pleading for assistance*...

Meanwhile, eThekwini Municipality Acting Head of Communications, Mandla Nsele, says the awarding of a tender for the restructuring of Silverglen Drive has been delayed, however the municipality is doing their best to quicken the process.
13
NOV
12am

#PODCAST: "Open Secrets" report finds billions worth of unpaid pension funds, still under private control

By Newsbreak Producer Hoossen Ebrahim - Non-profit organisation "Open Secrets" has written to the Finance Minister to investigate their report which found over 42-billion-rand worth of unpaid benefits of pension funds - still under the control of private administrators. The npo aims to expose and build accountability for private sector economic crimes - through research, advocacy and the law. Earlier this week, they lifted the lid on the saga, where thousands of supposedly dormant pension funds were cancelled. However it was found that these funds still had assets and still owed beneficiaries. Michael Marchant has been leading the investigations. He explains the way forward in ensuring monies are paid back to the beneficiaries...
13
NOV
12am

#PODCAST: 1860 FOCUS - "Sites of Conscience Collective" look to promote and preserve local historical sites

By Newsbreak's Hoosen Ebrahim - This November Newsbreak will be paying tribute to the Indian indentured labourers who settled in South Africa in 1860. Commemorating 159 years since their arrival to South Africa. People of Indian origin who reside in Durban have taken a stand in forming a new movement to honour the Indian indentured labourers. Dubbed the "Sites of Conscience Collective" the group looks to preserve historical sites in the province. They plan to plant tree's in the vicinity of Addington Hospital, which was the area earmarked for an 1860 monument. Member of the movement - Kiru Naidoo explains...
13
NOV
12am

#PODCAST: SABC NEWS investigate "Autism Spectrum Disorder" in part two of this exclusive feature

By Newsbreak Producer Genevieve Lanka - "Autism Spectrum Disorder" is a condition that affects one in every 160 children worldwide. While it's range and severity can vary, common symptoms include difficulty with communication, social interactions, obsessive interests and repetitive behaviours. For children living with this disorder, access to quality lifelong learning and the availability of necessary resources and services are a foremost challenge. This is echoed by Durban couple, whose six-year-old son was diagnosed with Autism as a baby. As November marks Disability Rights Awareness Month, they share their journey raising a son on the spectrum...
12
NOV
2am

#PODCAST: KZN's KwaNzimakwe set to benefit from the launch of a new hiking and 4x4 trail

By Newsbreak Producer Hoosen Ebrahim - The community of KwaNzimakwe on the KwaZulu-Natal, south coast is set to benefit from the launch of a new hiking and 4x4 trail. Located in the Port Shepstone region, the trail is set to boost job creation and skills amongst local communities. It will provide local tour-guide opportunities and entrepreneurship skills for unemployed people who reside in the area. South Coast Tourism's CEO, Phelisa Mangcu explains how other municipalities can adopt a similar approach to empower local citizens in rural areas...
12
NOV
2am

#PODCAST: #1860 FOCUS - We discuss the art form of Nagara - a common pastime of the indentured labourers

By Newsbreak Producer Taresh Harreeparshad - This November Newsbreak will be paying tribute to the Indian indentured labourers who settled in South Africa in 1860. Along with their indelible spirit - the 1860 settlers brought with them the pulsating sounds of a nagara drum and vibrant folk dance - which became a common pastime of the indentured labourers. 72-year-old Harry Rampersadh hails from a lineage of famed nagara musicians. He explains how the art form danced it's way into the heart of South Africa...
12
NOV
2am

#PODCAST: Newly-formed NGO "Turning Point for Men" looks toward education to combat issues of gender-based violence

By Newsbreak Producer Matthew Veeran - With the increased attention on issues relating to gender-based violence (GBV), an organization that has been formed to tackle the scourge and educate youth to bring about change in society. Dubbed "Turning Point for Men", the non-governmental organisation aims to highlight the problems and bring the community together to stand as one. GBV at schools is an ongoing problem and now Turning Point for Men are proposing changes to the Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) curriculum. They say schools could be sending the wrong message regarding sex education. Author, motivational speaker and activist - Cyril Palany says this weekend the organisation is set to host a number of GBV survivors and government officials, for a dialogue on ways forward...
12
NOV
2am

#PODCAST: "10 million people could die per year from antibiotic resistant infections by 2050" - WHO

By Newsbreak Producer Taliesha Naidoo - 2050, ten million people could die per year from antibiotic resistant infections. That's according to the World Health Organization (WHO). This will be a mortality rate that exceeds that of cancer today. Simply failing to complete a course of antibiotics - may lead to bacteria becoming resistant to treatment. Antibiotics have been an important part of modern medicine, however its resistance is dangerously high across the world. Infections such as pneumonia, TB and food-borne diseases have become difficult to treat because of antibiotic resistance. Ahead of "World Antibiotic Awareness Week", which will be observed next week, we speak to Professor Sabiha Essack, South African Research Chair in Antibiotic Resistance at the University of KwaZulu-Natal about antibiotic resistance...
11
NOV
2am

#PODCAST: Thousands from schools in Tongaat, Verulam & Phoenix to get copies of "My First IsiZulu Picture Dictionary"

By Newsbreak Producer Rachel Vadi - 5000 learners from schools in Tongaat, Verulam and Phoenix will receive copies of the book "My First IsiZulu Picture Dictionary" later this morning. The book, written by local authors Raksha Chabalalsing and Leon Govender, is part of the Sibiya Trust Corporate Social Investments Strategy. Spokesperson Myandhra Moodley says they decided to invest in the book to make learning isiZulu much more accessible...
11
NOV
2am

#PODCAST: Four suspects to appear in the Durban Magistrates Court TODAY for the alleged kidnapping of #SandraMoonsamy

By Newsbreak Producer Matthew Veeran - Four suspects are set to appear in the Durban Magistrates Court this morning for the alleged kidnapping of KwaZulu-Natal business-women Sandra Moonsamy. The supects - aged between 30 and 34 - are believed to be foreign nationals and will face charges of kidnapping for now. Moonsamy was kidnapped in May at Pinetown and the Hawks confirmed she was found alive at Witbank in Mpumalanga on Thursday. Moonsamy was found chained by police who also seized firearms and vehicles at the scene. Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi believes that they may have stumbled upon an international kidnapping syndicate...

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