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20
JUN
1am

#PODCAST: A Chatswort-based summit aims at teaching young people how to become innovative citizens #SoulTalk

By Newsbreak Producer Rachel Vadi - Hoping to bring positive change to the future generations of Chatsworth - a youth summit to equip young people to be innovative citizens - will be hosted over the next two days by non-profit organisation, Soul Talk. Facilitator of the summit and ambassador for Soul Talk, Nduduzo Sithole says the idea behind the summit stems from the many social ills that young people are faced with and find themselves in. She says they hope to build young people up to ultimately become leaders of the future...
20
JUN
1am

#PODCAST: Lovers of Yoga set to "explore new ways of thinking" when International Day of Yoga comes around

By Newsbreak Producer Shanell Daniel - Lovers of Yoga will get ready to unroll their mats as the Art of Living Foundation prepares for "International Day of Yoga" on the 22nd of June. A calm and relaxing day is expected at the event, which takes place at The University of Johannesburg's Soweto Campus. Africa Yoga Coordinator for The Art of Living Foundation, Swami Purnachaitanya, says Yogis from all walks of life can look forward to more than just Yoga positions - but also the exploration of new thinking practices...
20
JUN
1am

#PODCAST: Award-winning clinical researcher Sanesha Naicker shifts focus to assist the community of Chatsworth

By Newsbreak Producer Matthew Veeran - Multi-award winning independent researcher Sanesha Naicker continues to make waves in breast cancer awareness and testing. Hailing from Havenside in Chatsworth, south of Durban - Naicker got involved in medicine after witnessing many of her family and friends perish due to cancer. Growing up in tough conditions and spurred on by her parents, Naicker would rise to the occasion and is now a pioneer in her field. Her research has enabled young girls to be more confident and actively seek out assistance before a problem gets out of control. Speaking to Newsbreak, she is now looking towards her community - where she aims on creating a clinic to cater for the underprivileged...
20
JUN
1am

#PODCAST: EXCLUSIVE: Minister Barbra Creecy urges South Africans to "raise their voices and not the sea level"

By Newsbreak Producer Tashlan Naidoo - "Raising your voice and not the sea level" is the theme for National Environment Month - which is celebrated annually in June. This year the South African government is shifting much of the focus on raising awareness about climate change. Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries - Barbara Creecy - says that the various industries that depend on the ocean to be sustainable, contribute almost 4.4% of the country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Creecy says South Africa is a signatory to the "Paris Climate Change Accord" and is on target in terms of mitigating carbon gas emissions...
20
JUN
1am

#PODCAST: With 3 weeks gone and still no sign of missing businesswoman Sandra Moonsamy, her family finally speak out...

By Newsbreak Producer Taliesha Naidoo - Today marks three weeks since Durban businesswoman - Sandra Moonsamy was allegedly kidnapped in Pinetown, outside of Durban. The 45-year-old financial director of the Crossmoor Transport Plant, was allegedly kidnapped by unknown suspects while driving on Stapleton Road in Pinetown on May 30th. Following extensive searches and investigations by the HAWKS - the mother of two has still not been found. Speculations about her whereabouts have been rife with many social media users alleging that Moonsamy's kidnapping is linked to a business tender. However in a statement sent to Newsbreak, Moonsamy's family says this is NOT true. Taliesha Naidoo presents this statement by Moonsamy's brother - Inderan Naicker...
20
JUN
1am

#PODCAST: A man in his forties succumbs to injuries after his car overturns on Durban's Old North Coast Road

By Newsbreak Producer Shanell Daniel - A man believed to be in his forties has died following a serious accident on Old North Coast Road in Durban. It's been reported that the vehicle he had been travelling in overturned late yesterday afternoon. Spokesperson for local security company, KZN VIP Protection, Gareth Naidoo, says the man succumbed to his injuries at the scene and the cause of the accident is unknown at this stage...
19
JUN
8am

#PODCAST: Alex Total Shutdown movement march to Sandton

By Newsbreak Producer Shanell Daniel - Alexandra residents have marched to the City of Johannesburg offices in Sandton today demanding answers from the city. This after Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba promised to rebuild structures which were demolished lastweek in the township. A total shutdown is also underway at the Alexandra township, north of Johannesburg, which has been initiated by The Alexandra Shutdown Committee. The Shutdown Movement began after a rapid growth of illegal dwellings in the township. Our SABC News reporter, Sashin Naidoo, is at Alexandra. He says Alexandra residents have taken to the streets welcoming the demolition and standing against the rebuilding of the structures....
19
JUN
8am

#PODCAST: Security guards cleared in DUT student shooting

By Newsbreak Producer Mfundo Mthembu - Two security guards, in connection with the death of a Durban University of Technology (DUT) student have been cleared on murder charges. The two security guards were under investigation following the shooting of Mlungisi Madonsela, a third-year business administration student from Jozini in north-eastern KwaZulu-Natal. The 20-year old Madonsela was killed during a student protest on February 5, outside the Open House building opposite the Steve Biko campus at DUT. It's understood that the National Prosecuting Authority has called on the murder charges to be withdrawn due to insufficient evidence. The University's Alan Khan says they cannot comment on the matter at this stage since they were not part of the investigations. Meanwhile the South African Students Congress (SASCO) Provincial Chairperson - Mqondisi Duma says they will knock on every door until justice is served...
19
JUN
8am

#PODCAST: Durban paramedics shot and robbed in fake emergency call-out

By Newsbreak Producer Taliesha Naidoo - Two Durban paramedics have been shot and robbed by unknown suspects when they responded to a fake emergency call-out. The paramedics belong to the KwaZulu-Natal Emergency Medical Services. The two victims responded to an emergency maternity case in the Amatikwe area of Inanda, north of Durban in the early hours of this morning. It is here that the paramedics were allegedly attacked and shot several times. They are being treated for their injuries at a Durban hospital. KwaZulu-Natal Health MEC Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu says the attack on the paramedics is both sad and barbaric........
19
JUN
2am

#PODCAST: A 15-year-old Ladysmith girl has been selected to represent SA at a massive leadership summit in Chicago

By Newsbreak Producer Matthew Veeran - A 15-year-old Ladysmith girl will soon get the chance of a lifetime when she represents South Africa at the Global Youth Ambassadors Leadership Program in Chicago. Shakaarah Bharath will be the only South African participant joining over 70 girls from across the globe for a robust program, designed to build the next generation of global leaders. Shakaarah is a talented speaker who has a passion for issues affecting women and often engages in school debates and spoken word poetry to express her views. Speaking ahead of her much-anticipated trip, Shakaarah says that she hopes to break the stigma that many people have of South Africa and show them that we can compete on an even footing...
19
JUN
1am

#PODCAST: A far cry from once being described as a "farm town" - Verulam continues to impress on the social media front

By Newsbreak Executive Producer Salma Patel - The sleepy town of Verulam on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast has been thrust into the tech landscape. Far from being the stereotypical "farm" town, Verulam is now gaining popularity on social media through online platforms that seek to highlight the town's successes and scenery. Founder of "I Love Verulam" - Valen Govender - who got his name because he was born on Valentines Day - says Social media users are encouraged to send photos and updates to the accounts either on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter...
19
JUN
1am

#PODCAST: Community activist Jonathan Annipen arranges a host of meetings to address the concerns of SASSA beneficiaries

By Newsbreak Producer Shanell Daniel - Meetings are being held across Durban for social grant recipients to address their issues of concern. South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) representatives are expected to attend these meetings to provide recipients with alternate forms of payment which are safer and more reliable. This after the discovery of SASSA cards being cloned sparked outrage and great concern among beneficiaries. Community activist and organiser of the meetings - Jonathan Annipen, says this will be the ideal platform for beneficiaries especially, pensioners to bring forward their concerns at a place nearest to them...

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