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JUN
2am

#PODCAST Global movement launches Oneness Yoga Challenge ahead of International Yoga Day

By Newsbreak's Rachel Vadi - International Yoga Day will be observed on the 21st June - and a world-wide movement for transforming human consciousness dubbed, ' Ekam' are hosting a Oneness Yoga Challenge to help individuals obtain a greater self-awareness and calmness. The online challenge is hosted by Sri Preethaji, founder of Ekam. Preethaji says the aim of the challenge is to help individuals create bliss in their life, physically, mentally and spiritually.........
18
JUN
2am

#PODCAST Suspected 'diamonds' discovered in Ladysmith sent for analysis, says KZN Economic Development MEC Ravi Pillay

By Newsbreak's Hoosen Ebrahim - Economic Development MEC, Ravi Pillay has sent the stones found in KwaHlathi area in LadySmith, KwaZulu-Natal for further analysis to determine its authenticity as Diamonds. The MEC had called on people to stop the digging as the area poses a hazard and Covid-19 threat, as thousands of people continue to flock to the region in the hope of mining Diamonds. MEC Pillay explains the need for government intervention in the area...
18
JUN
2am

#PODCAST SANEF calls for internal inquiry into Piet Rampedi's 'Tembisa 10' reporting

By Newsbreak's Tashlan Naidoo - The South African National Editors Forum (SANEF) is calling for an internal investigation by the Independent Media group over Piet Rampedi, editor-in-chief of the Pretoria News, who authored a lead story in the newspaper and on the IOL website that stated as fact that a Gauteng woman had given birth to 10 babies. The story received international recognition and was stated to have broken the Guinness World Record. Chairperson of Media Freedom at SANEF Mary Papayya says apart from the various differing versions of the story, there are many holes being poked by journalists who are finding it difficult to verify. Papayya says publishing such stories without verifying all the facts impacts negatively on the publics trust in the media and is a breach of basic journalism ethics....
18
JUN
2am

#PODCAST KZN police arrest a 39-year-old suspect for his alleged involvement in the brutal murder of Anele Bhengu

By Newsbreak's Genevieve Lanka - KwaZulu-Natal police have arrested a 39 year old suspect allegedly involved in the brutal murder of 28-year-old Anele Bhengu in KwaMakhutha, south of Durban. As June marks Pride Month, the spotlight has once again been cast on violence against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. The 28-year old's mutilated body was found in a bush near a friend's home, in what is believed to be a homophobic-related crime. This follows the recent murders of two openly gay people in the province in separate incidents between last year and this year. LGBTIQ+ Activist in Durban - Nonhlanhla Mkhize - who has been in communication with the Bhengu family - says what is most difficult for the family is the brutal nature of these crimes...
18
JUN
2am

#PODCAST Redistribution of vacant governement owned land on the cards for KZN, says Human Settlements MEC Jomo Sibiya

By Newsbreak's Taresh Harreeparshad - KwaZulu-Natal Human Settlements and Public Works MEC Jomo Sibiya has called for an audit into all the vacant properties owned by government. This is in a bid to re-distribute them to deserving communities. MEC Sibiya has just handed over property to a community in eSikhawini Township, north of the province. This marks Sibiya's 100 days in office. But what is the criteria used to determine which community is eligible for property? Speaking exclusively to Newsbreak, MEC Sibiya explains that all citizens in the province must be considered equitably...
17
JUN
1am

#PODCAST Chatsworth's historic Aryan Benevolent Home goes online this fathers day

By Newsbreak Producer Matthew Veeran - Ahead of Father's Day this weekend, Chatsworth's historic Aryan Benevolent Home have exciting plans in store for the Daddies that call the ABH home. The establishment, now in it's centenary year, cares for over 700 residents - many of whom are fathers themselves. The COVID-19 pandemic has seen a few changes implemented at the home - especially with family visits, which are no longer allowed. This means Fathers Day at the ABH will be a bit different this year, but a number of social media initiatives hope to ensure that the celebrations are safe and secure. Marketing Manager at the ABH Kish Chetty says with the support of the public, the home aims to make Father's Day a memorable one...
17
JUN
1am

#PODCAST LEAN - A mixture of codeine and fizzy drinks sweeps through Johannesburg, especially among youths

By Newsbreak Producer Shanell Daniel - The Norwood Community Policing Forum, in Region E of the City of Johannesburg, has increased efforts in trying to curb the growing trend of "lean" - a mixture of fizzy drinks and codeine, found in cough mixtures. #LeanOnMe is a campaign aimed at sensitising communities about lean - and the effects of codeine abuse amongst youth. Member of the steering committee for the campaign, Mongi Maphipha, says the drug has crippled the community and that it is time to save youth from drug addiction...
17
JUN
1am

#PODCAST Operation Good Hope praised for cleaning up Overport

By Newsbreak Producer Rachel Vadi - Residents and businesses in Overport in Durban have welcomed the positive strides the eThekwini Municipality has made in addressing issues of service delivery through 'Operation Good Hope'. The multi-disciplinary task team were recently in Overport to address issues of refuse disposal, cardboard collection and vagrants. Imtiaz Syed of local security company eThekwini Secure says the intervention was successful in cleaning up areas that have become a dump site..
17
JUN
1am

#PODCAST Dozens arrested in aftermath of violent protests at Harrismith on the N3

By Newsbreak Producer Hoosen Ebrahim - Over a dozen people have been arrested for public violence as the situation remains tense along the N3 Harrismith route in the Free State after protest action by nearby communities. A truck was set alight on the N3 during the protest leading to a temporary closure of the busy highway. Residents are calling for President Cyril Ramaphosa to intervene as they want to be removed from Maluti-A-Phofung municipality due to lack of service delivery. Free State police spokesperson, Brig. Motantsi Makhele says roads along the N3 will be severely affected by traffic flow as protestors continue to disrupt operations...
16
JUN
1am

#PODCAST President Ramaphosa amends regulations around curfew times, gatherings and alcohol sales #Level3

By Newsbreak Producers Hoosen Ebrahim and Tashlan Naidoo - President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that the country will move to level three of the national lockdown from mid-night last night. He says this will see changes to the curfew, which will now start from 10 in the evening and end at four in the morning. Indoor gatherings will be limited to 50 people, with outdoor gatherings limited to 100. Alcohol sales for offsite consumption will be permitted from 10am to 6pm from Monday to Thursday. For some analysis and reaction to the President moving the country to Alert Level 3, we spoke with health expert Dr. Kgosi Letlape. He spoke about the adjustments to the curfew and also discussed whether the new restrictions on alcohol sales will make a difference...
16
JUN
1am

#PODCAST Producer @AnantSingh_Dbn commemorates #YouthDay with a short film inspired by the iconic 1992 hit Sarafina!

By Newsbreak Producers Tashlan Naidoo and Hoosen Ebrahim - As the nation observes the 45th anniversary of June 16th 1976, we celebrate the youth whose actions altered the course of South African history. The film "SARAFINA" which is inspired by this watershed event, keeps alive the contribution of those courageous youth. Now, Durban-based producer Anant Singh - on behalf of the Sarafina team has created a short film as a tribute, using iconic scenes from the film which illustrate courage displayed by the youth as they came face-to-face with apartheid police...
16
JUN
1am

#PODCAST "4IR will never happen in South Africa unless we can cross the digital divide" - Dr Hasmukh Gajjar

By Newsbreak Producer Genevieve Lanka - The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) will never happen in South Africa unless millions of the country's people can cross the digital divide. This is the view of IT industry veteran Dr Hasmukh Gajjar. He says most South Africans have access to smart phones, but are unable to access its full potential. He says in most cases, people use smart phones for social media and recreation, instead of education and business purposes. He says unless digital literacy becomes a priority, the digital divide will become impossibly wide for many...

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