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Coronavirus: Hilton school shut its doors over fears of COVID-19

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Cowan House Preparatory School Hilton Pietermaritzburg

Cowan House Preparatory School in Hilton near Pietermaritzburg has closed its doors over fears of coronavirus. Health and education experts are descending on the school later today to assess the situation.

The Minister of Health, KwaZulu-Natal MECs for Health and Education and the National Institute for Communicable Diseases will be meeting the school’s board and management.

This follows their decision to shut down the school today following the announcement that a parent at the school has tested positive for COVID-19.

After the private meeting with the school management, the Minister and team will hold a media briefing to update the public on the developments.

The father of one of its pupils has been confirmed as the first patient in the country to have the virus.

The 38-year-old man and his wife returned to the country on Sunday after a ski holiday in Italy with eight other people.

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize says the man didn’t show any symptoms when he landed.

Officials are still trying to find the people who sat next to or near the man on his trip back to Durban. He took flights to OR Tambo and King Shaka International Airports.

He had experienced a cough, sore throat and a high fever and after a visit to the doctor – a swab test confirmed he’d contracted the virus.

The family is being monitored and is under quarantine in their home.

At this point, it’s not known if the couple’s two children went on holiday with them.

The school, which one of the man’s children goes to, is taking precautionary measures.

The principal released a statement last night, saying they’ve decided to close school for today and cancel all the weekend’s extra-curricular activities.

The NICD had advised them that that wasn’t necessary. But the principal says it’s due to the uncertainty at this point.

Meanwhile, a resident from a Mount Edgcombe estate who came into contact with the man is being tested for COVID-19.

The doctor who treated him has also been placed under quarantine – his surgery remains closed.

Read the school’s statement below:

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Skeem Saam’s Koko Mantsha death dismissed as fake news

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Koko Mantsha, the popular Skeem Saam character acto, real name, Lydia Mokgokoloshi is not dead.

Social media is awash with news of her death which seems to have been fuelled by fake news sites aiming to profit from unsuspecting lovers of the 80 year-old veteran actress.

Lydia Mokgokoloshi, has appeared in many television shows including Muvhango and Bophelo ke semphego.

Mokgokoloshi was born on 27 September 1939, in Polokwane, Polokwane Local Municipality, Capricorn District Municipality, Limpopo.

She is most famous for acting as Koko Mantsha the grandmother of Katlego Pietersen (Patrick Seleka) in the soap, Skeem Saam.

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Watch: Thulani Dlomo an alleged ‘Zuma spy’, hands himself in

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Thulani Dlomo, the axed former SSA top spy and former SA ambassador to Japan has handed himself over to police on Friday.

Dlomo’s lawyer Philani Shangase said that he handed himself over at his own will at the Durban Central Police station on Friday.

He said Dlomo was not arrested but wanted to clear his name following media reports.

Dlomo was being interviewed by police officers at 17h00 on Friday.

“He has denied all wrong doing,” Shangase said.

Dlomo was suspected to be one of the instigators of the unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.

This is a developing story.

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Residents warned against consuming dead fish washing up at Umhlanga and Umdloti beaches – video

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The eThekwini Municipality has sent out a warning to residents against collecting and consuming dead fish and crayfish that have washed up on the beaches of Umhlanga and Umdloti, north of Durban.

The public has been asked to refrain from fishing, surfing and swimming on the beaches after a video of the dead fish on the beaches emerged on social media.

The municipality said it was investigating what caused the marine life to die.

“It is considered serious and can affect one’s health if collected and consumed.”

According to reports, run-off water and chemicals reached the ocean through storm water drains after firefighters battled a blaze at a chemical plant at Cornubia started by looters on Tuesday.

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“The public is advised to refrain from all recreational activities, including fishing or surfing, bait collection and picking up of dead species in this area,” said the municipality.

“Collecting or harvesting of any marine living resource in the area is temporarily prohibited until the cause is determined and the threat has abated.

“Authorities are investigating the source of the pollution and cleanup companies are trying to contain the spill.”

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