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By Newsbreak Producer Genevieve Lanka - Petroleum giant - Shell - has refuted claims that it failed to conduct proper environmental impact assessments for its planned, five-month seismic testing project off the Wild Coast of KwaZulu-Natal. The controversial project is a seismic survey of the seas between Morgan's Bay and Port St Johns to map the oc…
 
By Newsbreak Producer Taliesha Naidoo - Stringent social measures need to be taken by individuals to avoid government from placing the country under another hard lockdown. That's according to Durban-based general practitioner, Dr. Prithi Ramlachan. This in the wake of the new Covid variant, - which has been detected in Gauteng and is slowly spreadi…
 
By Newsbreak Producer Taresh Harreeparshad - DA Leader John Steenhuisen says the party is not driving a hard bargain during coalitions talks. The official opposition has secured the big three metros in Gauteng - taking a clean sweep of Johannesburg, Tshwane and Ekurhuleni via coalition agreements. These agreements have not yet been finalised, with …
 
By Newsbreak Producer Hoosen Ebrahim - South African's have been cautioned to become familiar with the increased prime lending rate of 7.25% - directly impacting consumers shopping using their credit cards. This comes as millions of people prepare for the biggest shopping day of the year today in "Black Friday". The National Credit Regulator reveal…
 
The owner of a Phoenix-based private security company says the lack of police presence is to blame for events that transpired in the community. Glen Naidoo was testifying before the South African Human Rights Commission's hearing into July's civil unrest. Over 30 people died in Phoenix alone, amidst allegations of racial tension. KZN VIP Protection…
 
By Newsbreak Producer, Taliesha Naidoo - The future of politics in the eThekwini Municipality heavily relies on coalitions, especially with smaller parties. That's according to political analyst, Dr Lubna Nadvi. This after the ANC retained control of the eThekwini metro with the help of a number of smaller parties with one or two seats each in the …
 
By Newsbreak Producer Taresh Harreeparshad - As the Black Friday haze descends tomorrow - the official start to the festive season shopping spree begins. It's a heightened time - of which many experts term - Mall Rage. As stores become fuller and roads busier - how do you keep your calm? Wellness coach Krsangi Radhe explains that a mix of practical…
 
By Newsbreak Producer Matthew Veeran - With just a day to go before Black Friday, retailers are concerned about South Africa's ongoing power cuts and its impact on a business' ability to trade. Many retail businesses remain unprepared, leaving their point-of-sale systems offline at crucial times. Like physical stores, online retailers have also bee…
 
By Newsbreak Producer Genevieve Lanka - Local environmental organisations are ramping up efforts to curtail a five month seismic testing project off the Wild Coast, by petroleum giant Shell. Newsbreak have been covering the story and according to advocacy group - The Green Connection - Shell is making use of a legal loophole in order to bypass an e…
 
By Newsbreak Producer Hoosen Ebrahim - The South African Institute for Building Design (SAIBD) in Durban have raised concerns over current backlogs in the approval of building plans by the eThekwini Municipality. They say that the current waiting period for approvals can extend up to 12 months, even for simple renovations. The delays have been attr…
 
By Newsbreak Producer Tashlan Naidoo - Non-profit organisation Women & Men Against Child Abuse says introducing children to positive masculinity from an early age is crucial in helping the fight against child abuse. "Positive masculinity" is a term used to describe when men use their physical and emotional strength to foster healthy behaviours. Spo…
 
By Newsbreak Producer Taliesha Naidoo - In the 23 years since South Africa joined the 16 Days of Activism campaign, very little has changed. Those are the sentiments of Cristianne Wendler, Head of Programs at Shout-It-Now, a South African non-profit organisation that empowers youth to own their sexuality. Between July and September 2021 - over 9,50…
 
By Newsbreak Producer Genevieve Lanka - The National Shelter Movement of South Africa's (NSMSA) is urging government and corporate decision-makers to recognise the valuable role shelters play in disrupting the cycle of gender-based violence. This is according to the Composite Report Raising Women's Voices in South African Shelters - which was made …
 
By Newsbreak Producer Tashlan Naidoo - The perfect balance of both education and entertainment are now at your fingertips, with the launch of a new website called "AVVATTA". It's a free digital learning platform that provides fun ways to learn coding, mathematics and other subjects for children from as little as a year old. Site creator and CEO of …
 
A victim of violent attacks in the Phoenix area during the July unrest, has testified about his two-hour-long ordeal, before the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC). Mbuso Xaba says he was attacked at three different spots in the suburb north of Durban. The SAHRC is holding hearings into the unrest, over 30 people were killed in Phoenix. …
 
By Newsbreak Producer Taliesha Naidoo - A 30-year-old suspect will be appearing in the Pinetown Magistrates Court today, facing charges of business robbery. It's believed the suspect and an accomplice robbed a clothing store on Hill Street in Pinetown on Friday. The suspect then returned to the store on Monday afternoon, allegedly to commit the cri…
 
By Newsbreak Producer Taliesha Naidoo - Non-profit organisation, the Aryan Benevolent Home (ABH) has received a one-million-rand donation to help in the building of a new children's home. The generous donation was recently made by the Sibaya Community Trust. The new children's home is expected to cost the ABH about 21-million-rand. The 100-year-old…
 
By Newsbreak Producer, Genevieve Lanka - As political parties race against time to form municipal councils before today's deadline, political analyst Professor Joleen Steyn-Kotze says the political immaturity displayed by party representatives is alarming. Numerous council sittings were disrupted yesterday for various reasons, including disputes an…
 
By Newsbreak Producer, Genevieve Lanka - President Cyril Ramaphosa says as advocates of Pan Africanism South Africa and Kenya should pioneer intra-Africa trade. He was speaking during his opening remarks at a function at the Union Buildings in Pretoria following Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta's two-day state visit. Both countries have ratified the…
 
By Newsbreak Producer, Taliesha Naidoo - The Helen Suzman Foundation says the decision to grant former president Jacob Zuma medical parole was unlawful. Zuma was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment in July this year and was granted medical parole in August after he was hospitalised. The foundation along with the DA and Afriforum have approached the…
 
By Newsbreak Producers Rachel Vadi and Hoosen Ebrahim - Security has been beefed up around affluent schools in Gauteng following an incident where a learner was kidnapped at gunpoint last week. It was widely reported that an 11-year-old grade five pupil was allegedly abducted by a group of armed men, while waiting in line to be sanitised outside th…
 
Former Defence Minister - Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula says the Defence Force did not receive co-operation from police in KwaZulu-Natal during the July unrest. President Cyril Ramaphosa initiated the deployment of soldiers to stem the widespread civil unrest. Maphisa-Nqakula was testifying before the South African Human Rights Commission's hearing into …
 
By Newsbreak Producer Tashlan Naidoo - Almost 10,000 people were sexually abused between July and September this year. This is according to the latest crime statistics released by South African Police Services. As the country approaches 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children, activists are calling for more preventative inter…
 
By Newsbreak Producer Taliesha Naidoo - On average, five South African men will die from prostate cancer every day. That's according to the Men's Foundation SA, a movement that raises awareness on men's health. But there are studies that suggest certain foods could help slow down the growth of prostate cancer. As the country commemorates Men's Heal…
 
By Newsbreak Producer Matthew Veeran - A number of exciting prizes - including a brand new car - will be up for grabs when the Central Durban Golf Club host it's 42nd Memorial Open this weekend. Formerly known as the Papwa Sewgolum Memorial Tournament, the event is celebrated annually in memory of non-white golfers who excelled in the sport despite…
 
By Newsbreak Producer Genevieve Lanka - Police are urgently seeking witnesses that could help identify the body of a man discovered on a sports field at Westcliffe in Chatsworth, south of Durban. The 36-year-old man was declared dead at the scene. Police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala says the victim had no visible injuries...…
 
By Newsbreak Senior Producer, Genevieve Lanka - The eThekwini metro is currently holding its inaugural council meeting to elect new office bearers. At the weekend, the IFP and the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal were still in talks over the the fate of four hung municipalities that are considered economic hubs in the province. They are eThekwini, uMhlathuze i…
 
By Newsbreak Producer, Rachel Vadi - Police are investigating two counts of culpable homicide following the death of 29-year-old former beauty-queen - Karshia Ajudhiya, who died in an accident on the N11 near Newcastle this weekend. KwaZulu-Natal Road Traffic Inspectorate spokesperson, Zinhle MngomeZulu says the cause of the accident is being inves…
 
By Newsbreak Producer Shanell Daniel - The South African National Editors' Forum (SANEF) is calling on the presidency to re-institute the cabinet indaba which was last held in 2015. The call is being made in an effort to create a platform where media can interact with the executive's top brass. The editors body says it is concerned by the lack of c…
 
By Newsbreak Producer Taresh Harreeparshad - As political parties scramble to secure control of councils by tomorrow - South Africans want to know how to hold local government officials accountable. There has been widespread criticism of ward councillors specifically - who are apparently failing to render promised services after the election. KZN o…
 
By Newsbreak Producer Salma Patel - KwaZulu-Natal's premier surfing competition is back for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic, at Willard Beach in Ballito from the 9th-19th December. The Ballito Pro was cancelled twice due to the hard lockdown and rising COVID-19 infections. This year's event will also boast an environmental awareness camp…
 
By Newsbreak Producer Shanell Daniel - The Indian indentured labourers - who first arrived in SA in 1860 - were quite financially savvy for the time and used the little they had to built their lives and pave the way for the generations that followed. As Newsbreak commemorates the 161st anniversary of their arrival this month, historian Dr. Juggie P…
 
By Newsbreak Producer Rachel Vadi - The remains of a murder victim found by local security company, Reaction Unit South Africa (RUSA) more than a week ago - has now been identified. 57-year-old Nezaam Shafee Rahman was laid to rest on Thursday. His body was found on 13 November by a passer-by in Blackburn, north of Durban. RUSA Director Prem Balram…
 
By Newsbreak Producer, Taliesha Naidoo - With talk of a fourth Covid wave on the cards and looming food and petrol price hikes, the Arya Samaj Women's Forum (ASWF) has been hard at work assisting communities most affected by dire socio-economic conditions. The forum will host a business development webinar for women this Saturday. The online event …
 
By Newsbreak Producer, Shanell Daniel - The South African Human Rights Commission is visiting some of the hotspots of the July civil unrest in KwaZulu-Natal. These include Bhambayi and Phoenix, north of Durban, and the Khan Road informal settlement in Pietermaritzburg. The application to inspect the areas was brought by the Commission's legal team …
 
India's prime minister promised to repeal three farm reform laws that led to massive agrarian unrest in food-growing states. Narendra Modi apologised saying he failed to convince protesting farmers who allege the overhaul was nothing short of a sell-out to rich corporations. Our South Asian correspondent, Rana Senn reports....…
 
By Newsbreak Executive Producer Salma Patel - The family of Anni Dewani - the young Swedish bride of Indian origin who was brutally murdered whilst on honeymoon in Cape Town in November 2010 - say they are looking into a civil case against her husband Shrien because they still don't have answers. Eleven years ago Anni was shot dead in what was then…
 
By Newsbreak Producer Taliesha Naidoo - Police say more arrests are imminent for the brazen double jewellery store heist that took place at the Phoenix Plaza, north of Durban on Monday. Two suspects, aged 21 and 26 years old, were arrested on Wednesday at KwaMashu in a joint operation by police and private security. It's believed the suspects were …
 
By Newsbreak Producer Hoosen Ebrahim - For the first time in over a year, entertainers are starting to get back to in-person live performances at popular venues around KwaZulu-Natal. The impact of COVID-19 had been devastating for comedians who in most cases rely on an audience to earn a living. Newsbreak spoke to artist, comedian, writer & actor K…
 
Business chambers in KwaZulu-Natal says the police were entirely absent during the July unrest. They gave evidence at the South African Human Rights Commission's national hearings underway in Durban. Witnesses also spoke of the devastating impact on business by the widespread looting and torching of businesses in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. Fanele M…
 
By Newsbreak Producer Matthew Veeran - The Phoenix brothers accused of murder for their role in the July unrest, have been denied bail. Ned and Dylan Govender appeared before the Verulam Magistrate Court yesterday. They also face charges of attempted murder and are believed to be part of a group of Phoenix residents who attacked five unarmed men. T…
 
By Newsbreak Executive Producer, Salma Patel - South African Comedian, Riaad Moosa has premiered his latest movie, New Material in Durban last night. Fans are in for a treat as this is the sequel of popular movie Material. Material, scooped the Best Director, Best Actor in a Feature Film and Best Supporting Actor in the 7th SA Film and TV Awards. T…
 
By Newsbreak Producer, Shanell Daniel - Contractors are on site removing a water pump which failed in operation at Durban Heights Water Treatment Plant, in Durban. Since last week consumers from the north, south and central parts of Durban have experienced water disruptions following the pump failure. Spokesperson for Umgeni Water, Shami Harichunde…
 
India's capital shut colleges and schools indefinitely as well as six of the city's 11 coal-fired power plants after the courts demanded urgent steps to tackle worsening levels of air pollution. Delhi authorities suggested a pollution lockdown as hospitals reported a spike in illnesses linked to the deadly smog. Rana Sen reports from New Delhi...…
 
By Newsbreak Producer Rachel Vadi - As political parties continue to negotiate terms in hung municipalities, the IFP has announced an agreement between themselves and the ANC. In a media briefing held yesterday, IFP President Velenkosini Hlabisa said in municipalities where the IFP has the most seats, despite no outright majority, the IFP will form…
 
By Newsbreak Producer Hoosen Ebrahim - A anti gender-based-violence and femicide (GBV-F) app hopes to tackle the scourge head-on in South Africa. Developed by businessman AB Moosa from the Avalon Group - the app empowers ordinary citizens with features and resources, enabling users to send an emergency alert that includes their live location. Moosa…
 
By Newsbreak Producer Tashlan Naidoo - Described as a successful, passionate and strong figure in the sporting fraternity - friends and colleagues of the late Tubby Reddy are in shock following his sudden passing yesterday. Reddy was the former CEO of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC). He was 62 years old. Reddy …
 
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