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#PODCAST - 54 year old man #arrested for trying to #smuggle #drugs at #court

By Newsbreak Producer, Rachel Vadi - A 54 year old man will be appearing before the Wentworth Magistrate Court today after he allegedly tried to smuggle drugs to a suspect appearing at court. It is believed that the suspect tried to smuggle 48 mandrax tablets in two cigarette boxes. Colonel Thembeka Mbele says the Court Orderly found the drugs when he inspected the parcel
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9am

#PODCAST - #ENCA accused of perpetuating #racism

By Newsbreak Producer, Taresh Harreepershad - News channel ENCA is embroiled in an alleged race row. This follows video footage showing reporter Lindsay Dentlinger asking certain interviewees to wear their masks while allowing others not to. During her interviews at Parliament for the Budget Speech she didn't request Freedom Front Plus leader, Pieter Groenewald, and the DA's John Steenhuisen to put on their maska. But several black political leaders, including UDM Chief Whip Nqaba-yomzi Kwankwa and the IFP's Mkhuleko Hlengwa were asked to use their masks. The channel maintains these incidents were not racially motivated. But the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation says it is a clear case of preferential treatment based on race. Interview with executive director Neeshan Balton
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12am

#PODCAST: Industry experts predict a "major digital divide" when #coding and #robotics are introduced at SA schools

By Newsbreak Producer Tashlan Naidoo - Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Wits University, Professor Ruksana Osman says there is going to be a major digital divide when coding and robotics is introduced into the curriculum at South African schools. Yesterday, President Cyril Ramaphosa was speaking at the first day of the virtual Basic Education Lekgotla, where he said government is on track to finally introduce the much awaited subjects into the curriculum - which will be gazetted soon. But, Prof. Osman says while the policy and implementation is a step in the right direction, a vast majority of schools still don't have running water and toilets. This begs the question, where will resources come from and how will it be distributed? She adds that the cost of DATA is also going be an issue if not addressed effectively at a national level...
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#PODCAST: Top Cape Town matriculant Kaviel Singh recalls the numerous obstacles that plagued his final schooling year

By Newsbreak Producer Matthew Veeran - 18-year-old Cape Town matriculant Kaviel Singh is counting his successes, after picking up seven distinctions in the 2020 exams. But it wasn't all smooth sailing for the former KwaZulu-Natal resident, who had to deal with a number of issues in his final year, least of all the COVID-19 pandemic. Last year Kaviel's mom was retrenched, while the young man was mugged of his phone while exercising in December. But despite all that happened and also being away from his family and friends, he managed to excel. Kaviel says he's now looking forward to new horizons in 2021 and starts off by telling us how he fared in his exams...
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#PODCAST: Local musician @kyle_deutsch tours KZN with fellow artist @AewonWolf for their upcoming song "We Have it All"

By Newsbreak Producer Hoosen Ebrahim - In a bid to grow the tourism industry in KwaZulu-Natal, the province recently hosted two top singers in Kyle Deutsch and Aewon Wolf. The duo have since toured over 2,500 kilometres over a period of three days - compiling a music video that will showcase key destinations in the province. The video will be for their new song "We Have it All", which does its best to promote KZN at home and abroad. In this exclusive interview, Kyle Deutsch tell us more about the upcoming song and also explains how the KZN tourism sector plans to rebuild from the ground up...
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#PODCAST: We preview today's State of the Province Address, to be delivered by KZN Premier, Sihle Zikalala #SOPA2021

By Newsbreak Producer Shanell Daniel - Political Analyst, Xolani Dube says he does not foresee pertinent issues like corruption and service delivery within KwaZulu-Natal being taken seriously by the ANC-led government in the province. This as KZN Premier, Sihle Zikalala, delivers his State of the Province Address (SOPA) today. People around the province are waiting to hear from the premier on several aspects, including the provincial roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine, KZN's unemployment levels, municipal irregularities and forensic investigations into PPE corruption. While information on these is hoped for by many, Dube says poor governance in the province does not leave much to expect from the KZN SOPA...
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#PODCAST: Activists say a R30 pension grant increase is NOT enough to survive in this tough economic climate

By Newsbreak Producer Shanell Daniel - A R30 increase in the state pension grant is no where near sufficient. These are the sentiments of Community Activist, Les Govender, following Finance Minister Tito Mboweni's 2021 Budget Speech yesterday. On the increase in social grants; state pension grants and care dependency grants increase by R30 to R1890. The January 2021 Household Affordability Index shows basic food items like sugar beans, rice, flour and bread have seen price hikes of between 31% and 68%. According to the latest data, a food basket for the average South African costs around 4-thousand-rand. Govender says taking the cost of living into account, the R30 increase is no increase at all...
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#PODCAST: Search continues for more bodies in KZN, after 2 die in wall collapse

By Newsbreak Producer Tashlan Naidoo - Search and rescue teams are hard at work at KwaMashu D section north of Durban, after two men died when a wall collapsed on them after heavy rains this morning. It's alleged that the two men were asleep when their neighbour's wall collapsed on their shack. The high wall was built on the edge of an embankment. Durban Metro Police Spokesperson, Senior Superintendent Parboo Sewpersad says the heavy rainfall caused major disruptions and they responded to more than 50 car crashes since last night...
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#PODCAST: South Africa's budding cannabis industry has caught the eye of the Gauteng Premier David Makhura

By Newsbreak Producer Tashlan Naidoo - The fast growing cannabis industry in South Africa has caught the eye of Gauteng Premier David Makhura, who announced in his State of the Province Address earlier this week that he hopes the province becomes a leading contributor to the sector. Makhura believes that working together with provinces that cultivate the Cannabis, Gauteng could use existing infrastructure to ramp up industrialisation for medical use especially. According to a report by data collection company "Prohibition Partners", the local cannabis Industry could be worth R27-billion by 2023. In this week's Greenscene, Gauteng premier spokesperson Vuyo Mhaga says plans are already underway...
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#PODCAST: Reaction has been mixed with regard to the numerous name changes in the Eastern Cape #Gqeberha

By Newsbreak Producer Shanell Daniel - There's been mixed reaction to the numerous name changes in the Eastern Cape. While many are welcome the changes, others are struggling to learn the correct pronunciations. The name changes include Port Elizabeth being changed to 'gqeberha', with the Port Elizabeth Airport now named after Dawid Stuurman - a political activist and Khoi Chief. Earlier this week, Minister of Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa gazetted the multiple name changes. Political analyst, Professor Bheki Mngomezulu spoke to Shanell Daniel to give his thoughts on the name changes...

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