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JAN
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#PODCAST: Travel agencies cancel travel packages to China amidst Coronavirus outbreak

By Hafsa Mkhize - Travel Agencies have encouraged Globe trotters to take precautionary measures if they are travelling to and from China. South African travel agency - Malek Travels has had to cancel a number of travel packages due to the Coronavirus outbreak in China. The company's CEO - Nazir Malek has advised travellers to take the following measures to ensure their safety...
28
JAN
3am

#PODCAST: South Africans living in China take extra precautions to avoid contracting the Coronavirus

By Newsbreak Producer, Shanell Daniel - As the death toll from China's coronavirus escalates, South Africans living in the country are taking the every precautions to ensure their survival. Eighty-one people have thus far lost their lives and nearly three-thousand people are confirmed ill as a result of the acute respiratory infection - for which there is no cure or vaccine. The city of Wuhan, in Hubei province - which is the source of the outbreak - is on lockdown and several cities have imposed travel bans. At least 42 cases have been confirmed abroad, including in Thailand, the United States, and Australia. Renée Chetty is a South African living and working in Tianjin, China. She explains the precautions all citizens are currently required to take................
28
JAN
3am

#PODCAST: UKZN resumes registrations following violent student protests

By Newsbreak Producer, Taliesha Naidoo - The University of KwaZulu-Natal says registration at its Howard campus will continue today. This after registration was suspended yesterday following violent protests by students. The disgruntled students say there is a lack of student funding and that they are being blocked from registering because they owe the university money. Newsbreak began by asking Ashton Bodrick - the Executive Director of UKZN's Corporate Relations if registration will continue today.....
28
JAN
2am

#PODCAST: Time of the Writer International Festival encourage youth to express creatively

By Newsbreak Producer, Prabashini Moodley - As renouned poet Maya Angelou once said, "There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you." It is with this in mind that the 23rd Time of the Writer International Festival hosted by the Centre for Creative Arts or CCA is encouraging school learners to submit their short stories for the annual School Short Story Competition. Speaking to Newsbreak's Taliesha Naidoo - Time of the Writer Project Officer, Sakhile Gumede says they aim to encourage creative expression in young people while functioning as a springboard for the future writers in South Africa.....
28
JAN
2am

#PODCAST: Cancer Association of South Africa says being SunSmart can put you at a lesser risk of getting skin cancer

By Hafsa Mkhize - As we wrap up Skincancer awareness month, the Cancer Association of South Africa - CANSA - reminds all South Africans to be SunSmart throughout the year and especially on hot days. According to the Organisation, South Africa now has the second-highest incidence of skin cancer after Australia. CANSA says Sunburn can occur within fifteen minutes, and the damage caused is permanent, irreversible and adds up with each exposure to the sun. National Advocacy Co-Ordinator for Cansa, Lorraine Govender says everyone, regardless of racial or ethnic group is at risk of getting skin cancer.....
28
JAN
2am

#PODCAST: Thousands protest against anti-Muslim law

Hundreds of thousands of citizens protested against an anti-Muslim law as India celebrated its 71st national day with a grand military show at the weekend. The government faces charges of destroying the Constitution which declared India into a non-religious democratic republic on 26 January, 1950. Our South Asian correspondent, Rana Senn reports.....
23
JAN
12am

#PODCAST: Seven-year-old Phoenix girl makes strategic moves to become SA's Junior Chess Champion

By Newsbreak Producer, Shanell Daniel - At just 7-years-old, Kaylee Grace Budhram, knows all the right moves! The Grade 3 lass from Phoenix, north of Durban, recently won silver and received the title of Woman Candidate Master at the African Youth Chess Championship in Namibia. Adding to her many titles, after picking up chess just 10-months ago, Budhram also won the Under-8 Blitz Chess Champion title at the South African Junior Chess Championship in Boksburg last week. Speaking to Newsbreak, Budhram says her secret to success is being strategic in every move she makes and aims to one day make it to the Commonwealth Chess Championship...
23
JAN
12am

#PODCAST: In this week's Green Scene we discuss how veganism can reduce your food related carbon footprint by 50%

By Newsbreak Producer, Shanell Daniel - Going vegan can reduce your food related carbon footprint by 50%. That's according to international organisation - "The Vegan Society" . January is being celebrated as Veganuary- in an attempt to plant the seeds of a conscious diet that doesnt harm the planet. In this week's Green Scene The Society's spokesperson Sam Calvert explains that going vegan doesn't mean biting off more than you can chew...
23
JAN
12am

#PODCAST: Planning for the 25th National Hindu Conference begins

By Newsbreak Producer, Tashlan Naidoo - KwaZulu-Natal residents that wish to contribute to the planning of the 25th National Hindu Conference, can do so at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban tomorrow evening. This November also commemorates 160 years since Indians arrived in natal as indentured labourers, making this event that more iconic. The two hour Durban leg of planning will commence at 06:30-PM on Friday evening. President of the world Hindu Foundation- South African chapter, Pravesh Hurdeen says it is imperative for the current generation to stay in touch with their heritage...
23
JAN
12am

#PODCAST: WHO says smoking can increase the risk of complications after surgery

By Newsbreak Producer, Taresh Harreeparshad - The World Health Organisation says that smoking could significantly increase the risk of post surgery complications. According to the WHO, every tobacco-free week after 4 weeks improves health outcomes by 19%, due to improved blood flow throughout the body to essential organs. This also aids surgery recovery. WHO's Dr. Kerstin Schotte explains how toxins in cigarettes lowers the bodys recovery...
23
JAN
12am

#PODCAST: Truck driver in 2013 Field's Hill horror crash released from prison

By Newsbreak Producer, Shanell Daniel - Sanele May, who was sentenced to eight years in prison for a crash that killed about 24 people in 2013, has been released from prison. This was confirmed by the spokesperson for the Department of Justice and Correctional Services Singabakho Nxulalo. In September 2013 - May lost control of the truck he was driving, while passing Field's Hill, in Pinetown, west of Durban. He was sentenced to eight years and spent 14 months at the Westville Correctional Facility before being transferred to the uMzinto Correctional Centre. The Swazi national was released on parole on December 27th and handed over to Home Affairs for deportation. Nxulalo says May served the minimun time and was considered to be fit for parole by the Parole Board...
22
JAN
2am

#PODCAST: Highly allergenic ragweed invades South Africa for the very first time

By Newsbreak Producer, Hoosen Ebrahim - Scientists this week made a landmark discovery when ragweed, also known as "hay-fever weed"- a highly allergenic weed native to North America- was detected in South Africa for the very first time. While the threat of allergic plants, such as ragweed migrating southward, because of climate change, has always been a concern, little did researchers know it was going to show up so soon. Ragweed is incredibly invasive and its potent pollen has been problematic in the United States for many decades. Head of the University of Cape Towns Lung Institute's Allergy Unit, Proffessor Jonny Peter says the pollen has so far only been detected in Durban...

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