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06
DEC
1am

#PODCAST: Matrics urged to consider higher certificates, short courses and job experience this holiday season

By Newsbreak Producer Prabashini Moodley - With the completion of the 2019 Senior Certificate Examinations and the release of matric results expected in early January - the focus now turns to tertiary education. For those who have not yet secured a place at an institution, it's still not too late to plan your academic year in 2020. According to the Independent Institute of Education (IIE) - some institutions which includes Universities, Technikons and TVET colleges will still be open for placement. Senior Head of Programmes at the Faculty of Humanities at the IIE - Sifiso Mnisi says, matric pupils should consider higher certificates, short courses or even take up a job to gain experience in the field they wish to pursue...
06
DEC
1am

#PODCAST: ANALYSIS - UDM's Mongameli Bobani ousted as the mayor of the Nelson Mandela Bay metro

By Newsbreak Producers Taresh Harreeparshad and Matthew Veeran - After several motions of no confidence and constant criticisms of his tenure: the UDM's Mongameli Bobani has been ousted as the mayor of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro. He was removed through a motion of no confidence during a council meeting in Port Elizabeth yesterday. It propels deputy mayor, the African Independent Congress's Tshonono Buyeye as interim mayor. To elaborate on this, we spoke to political analyst Prof. Joleen Steyn Kotze...
06
DEC
1am

#PODCAST: KZN ngo "Singakwenza" partner with Emirates to enhance skills amongst children

By Newsbreak Producer Hoosen Ebrahim - KwaZulu-Natal based non-government organisation "Singakwenza" have partnered with global airline giant Emirates - to enhance skills amongst children by teaching youth how to create toys from waste material. Singakwenza is an isizulu term which translates to "we can do it". The charity together with the airline will be training practitioners, parents and caregivers at grassroots level to provide educational activities that enable young children to learn through play. Founder and Director - Julie Hay explains how people can support and participate in this initiative...
06
DEC
1am

#PODCAST: 3 people lose their lives in a collision involving a truck and a bakkie on NMR and Battery Beach Road #DBN

By Newsbreak Producer Shanell Daniel - At the start of the festive season three lives have been lost in a collision involving a truck and a bakkie on NMR and Battery Beach Road, in Durban Central. Spokesperson for Rescue Care paramedics, Garrith Jamieson, says three men were fatally injured yesterday afternoon while two other occupants were injured - all believed to be work colleagues. Jamieson says the cause of the collision is unknown at this stage...
06
DEC
1am

#PODCAST: Durban-based security group uses the power of social media to help women feel safer #16Days

By Newsbreak Producer Taliesha Naidoo - A Durban-based security group is using the power of social media to provide women with access to immediate security protection. The group has launched the Women's Safety Initiative (WSI) in response to the scourge of gender-based violence currently afflicting South African women. The initiative allows for women who require someone to walk them home from lectures, to wait with them at a bus stop or any other security measure - to receive immediate assistance from a dispatched security officer. Spokesperson for the security group, Bianca Naidoo says the goal of the initiative is to help women regain their freedom and safety in public spaces...
05
DEC
1am

#PODCAST: Full reaction and analysis as the ANC's Geoff Makhubo is elected mayor of Johannesburg

By Newsbreak Producers Prabashini Moodley, Taliesha Naidoo and Matthew Veeran - African National Congess Johannesburg chairperson Geoff Makhubo has been elected as mayor of South African's economic hub, Johannesburg. Makhubo, attained 137 votes of 268 votes, making him the new City of Johannesburg Mayor. Democratic Alliance Mayoral committee member for finance, Funzela Ngobeni received 101 votes while the Economic Freedom Fighter's regional chair, Musa Novela received 30 votes. Former Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba officially left office at the end of November. ANC national spokesperson Pule Mabe has urged South Africans to respect and support the leadership of Makhubo as they respected Mashaba. Political analyst Professor Dirk Kotze gave his thoughts...
05
DEC
1am

#PODCAST: KZN police intensify operations after drugs worth almost three-million-rand were confiscated in Pongolo

By Newsbreak Producer Tashlan Naidoo - KwaZulu-Natal police are pleased heading into the festive season, after drugs worth almost three-million-rand were confiscated in the Pongolo area in the far north of the province. They have also arrested a 40-year-old man for allegedly being in possession of drugs. Police spokesperson Jay Naicker says that 15 kilograms of drugs suspected to be heroin was found hidden in between the tyre and rim of the vehicle it was being transported in. Naicker says continued investigations will be conducted to completely rid the streets and boarders of such activities...
05
DEC
1am

#PODCAST: Global warming and climate change blamed for the strange weather phenomenons experienced recently in KZN

By Newsbreak Producer Tashlan Naidoo - Experts believe that the strange occurrence of sardines in the summer, four tornadoes ripping through KwaZulu-Natal within weeks and the soaring 45-degree temperatures in some parts of the country, is a result of global warming and climate change. The World Meteorological Organization says 2019 was a year of exceptional global heat. Average temperatures for the last decade are set to be the highest on record and this year is on course to be the 2nd or 3rd warmest year on record. Attorney and member of the Centre for Environmental Rights, Ruchir Naidoo says a drastic change is needed by 2030, or temperatures could rise to much higher numbers. Naidoo says that climate change alone, may undo the last 50 years of global development...
05
DEC
1am

#PODCAST: Calls made for sexual harassment at the workplace to become "more explicitly defined" #16Days

By Newsbreak Producer Taresh Harreeparshad - Sexual harassment in the South African workplace needs to become more explicitly defined ahead of next year's review of the Code of Good Practice. That's according to legal experts during the "16 Days of Activism" campaign. This entails providing more guidelines on how to deal with specific repercussions of sexual harassment. Issues like victimisation and stunted professional growth have been cited as areas that need urgent attention. Lawtons Africa legal expert Phetheni Nkuna says the code needs to be aligned to the latest International Labour Organization Violence and Harassment Convention...
04
DEC
1am

#PODCAST: City of Johannesburg council speaker, Vasco Da Gama confirms that a new mayor will be elected TODAY

The City of Johannesburg council speaker, Vasco Da Gama has confirmed that a new mayor will be elected today. Da Gama says he is happy with the legal opinion he'd sort and that other councilors are also satisfied. Da Gama postponed last weeks sitting - citing the need to seek legal opinion on the interpretation of council rules on what constitutes a majority in Council. The Council was scheduled to elect a new mayor to replace Herman Mashaba who resigned citing strained relationship with the DA leadership. Nomalizo Mandela filed this report...
04
DEC
1am

#PODCAST: Newlands West residents "living under siege" following a sudden spike in criminal activity

By Newsbreak Producer Hoosen Ebrahim - Residents of Newlands West, north of Durban are living under siege from the increased level of crime that has gripped the community in recent months. In the latest incident, several armed men stormed a home using two vehicles along Nordale Road in the early parts of yesterday morning. Community leaders in the area describe the spike in criminal elements to the lack of law enforcement. Community Policing Forum (CPF) spokesperson Vishal Dooki explains the seriousness of the situation...

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