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JAN
3am

#PODCAST: Health Practitioner says school hygiene and healthy eating prevents chronic absenteeism

By Newsbreak Producer, Shanell Daniel - Climbing up the jungle-gym, rolling in the sand-pit and sharing lunch-time snacks with new friends - these are just some of the simple pleasures that come with heading back to school. However, while these school-time joys do come with a lot of excitement, they have the potential to attract unwanted germs and infections - which can lead to days missed from school. In this week's Medical Monitor, General Practitioner, Doctor Prithi Ramlachan, says clean hands and healthy eating can prevent a child from contracting any infections and losing out on learning-time at school...
14
JAN
3am

#PODCAST: The South African Post Office warns of a parcel delivery scam currently doing it's rounds

By Newsbreak Producer, Prabashini Moodley - The South African Post Office is warning the public to be on high alert of a parcel delivery scam currently doing it's rounds. According to the spokesperson for the SA Post Office - Johan Kruger, the scam has been designed to defraud unsuspecting clients of thousands of rands. Kruger says, members of the public receive an emailed letter from a company purporting to be the Post Office, demanding payment for import duty on parcels before they can be delivered. Kruger says, the public is urged to contact the police or the Post Office's Crime buster Hotline..............
13
JAN
3am

#PODCAST: Durban car guard finally matriculates at the age of 40

By Newsbreak Producer, Shanell Daniel - From being a car guard to finally matriculating at 40-years-old, Manuel Naidoo, from Phoenix, north of Durban, is ecstatic to have completed matric after leaving school twenty-five years ago. Naidoo, who dropped out of school in Grade 11, wrote the Adult Basic Education matric examinations and passed with his Amended Senior Certificate - including distinction. Speaking to Newsbreak, Naidoo says the frustration of unemployment and living off less than minimum wage previously pushed him to make a better life for himself. He attended classes at Esselen Heights Primary School, in Phoenix, through the Department of Education's Adult Education Programme. Naidoo says matriculating at this stage gives him hope that his life can now begin at forty...
13
JAN
2am

#PODCAST: Crime-fighting NPO says sniper cameras are helping South Africans stay safe

By Newsbreak Producer, Rachel Vadi - South Africans have started making use of sniper cameras as a means of keeping their living spaces safe in the fight against crime. In the latest incident community policing forum members and security companies were able to recover a vehicle that was stolen last week in Chatsworth, south of Durban. The vehicle was picked up by sniper cameras in Ballito, north of Durban. Chairperson of local crime-fighting NPO - Emergency Control South Africa, Ismail Mitha says a high speed chase ensued which caused the driver of the stolen vehicle to crash. He says one suspect was apprehended.....
13
JAN
2am

#PODCAST: Political parties call for security to be urgently improved at KZN hospitals

By Newsbreak Producer, Rachel Vadi - KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Health, Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu has expressed deep concern and strong condemnation for the fatal shooting of a patient in the male surgical ward of Clairwood Hospital in Durban on Friday evening. It is alleged that two unknown armed men stormed past hospital security guards, and shot a 47 year old patient in the head at point blank range. It is believed that the victim is a foreign national, who was being treated for previous gunshot wounds. Meanwhile, political parties are calling on health authorities in the province to urgently investigate the incident. IFP provincial spokesperson on Health Ncemisile Nkwanyana and DA's provincial spokesperson on Health - Dr Rishigen Viranna say they want tangible solutions on how to improve security at provincial hospitals.....
13
JAN
2am

#PODCAST: Armed robbery leaves suspect dead on Strand Main Road in the Western Cape

By Newsbreak Producer, Shanell Daniel - An armed robber has been shot dead during an altercation at a liquor store on Strand Main Road, in the Western Cape. According to Western Cape Police spokesperson, Colonel Andre Traut, four armed suspects entered the store over the weekend leading up to an altercation with the store owner. Traut says details surrounding the incident remain unknown at this stage...
10
JAN
12am

#PODCAST: New social media scam allows hackers to gain control of a user's WhatsApp account and contacts

By Newsbreak Producer Hoosen Ebrahim - Social media experts have warned the public about a new WhatsApp scam that has affected millions already. Hackers gain control of the user's accounts and then proceed to ask their contacts for money. Reports indicate that the RICA process could be responsible for the leak in information - as it may allow third parties to gain access to some of the user's information. We spoke to cyber expert - Arthur Goldstuck, who explains the process of safeguarding your personal information on social media platforms...
10
JAN
12am

#PODCAST: ANC Deputy President David Mabuza says President Ramaphosa was misled on Eskom's load-shedding problems

ANC Deputy President David Mabuza says President Ramaphosa was misled on Eskom's Load shedding problems. President Ramaphosa cut his trip short to Egypt to deal with the unprecedented stage six black-outs late last year. Ramaphosa then announced to the nation that there would be no load shedding until the 13th of January, but that wasn't the case. Samkele Maseko reports...
10
JAN
12am

#PODCAST: Department of Basic Education notes a drop in the number of candidates passing maths in 2019 compared to 2018

By Newsbreak Producer Hoosen Ebrahim - While the country remains elated by the increase in the 2019 Senior Certificate Examination Results, The Department of Basic Education has noted a drop in the number of candidates passing mathematics in 2019 compared to 2018. The class of 2019 achieved an overall pass rate of 81.3%, an increase by 3.1% to the performance compared to 2018 - the highest pass percentage recorded in the last 25 years. However despite this, experts remain concerned about mathematics. Professor Labby Ramrathan from the School of Education at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) spoke to Newsbreak on the matter...
10
JAN
12am

#PODCAST: With unemployment at a low, entrepreneurship has been touted as an encouraged option for matriculants

By Newsbreak Producer Shanell Daniel - While the common goal for many matriculants is furthering their education at TVET colleges and universities this year, this is not so for others who dream of being their own boss and following the entrepreneurship route. With the country's unemployment rate currently standing at 29-percent and thousands of 2019 pupils now adding to the already high percentage, entrepreneurship has become an encouraged option for matriculants. Director for Triplo4 and the National Business Award's Entrepreneur of the Year 2019, Aletta Plomp, says matriculants should keep in mind that successful entrepreneurship has the potential to create a lifestyle of independence and can bring with it great rewards in the long run...
10
JAN
12am

#PODCAST: SANDF confirm NO INJURIES reported after a transport aircraft crash lands in the Democratic Republic of Congo

By Newsbreak Producer Hoosen Ebrahim - The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) have confirmed that clean-up operations are underway following the crash landing of the Defence Force C130 transport aircraft in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). No injuries were reported, however some reports claim that one soldier suffered a heart attack. The plane was carrying 58 SANDF peacekeepers and eight air crew. It crash landed in Goma in the eastern DRC, where bad weather has been blamed for incident. SANDF Spokesperson, Siphiwe Dlamini spoke to Newsbreak this morning and has the latest...

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