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Cosatu plans to shut down Mariannhill Toll Plaza

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Durban – The Congress of South African Trade Unions are urging motorists to make alternate travel routes as they will be holding a picket at the N3 Mariannhill Toll Plaza from 10am.

Cosatu’s Edwin Mkhize said members will gather at the Curries Fountain Stadium from 8am and thereafter proceed to the toll plaza from 9:30am.

He said the picket is to publicly condemn the petrol price and VAT increases as well as highlight other matters affecting residents.

“We strongly oppose and condemn government’s VAT and fuel hikes. These above inflation tax hikes are suffocating workers who are already battling to cope with; an 36% unemployment rate, thousands of workers retrenched across economic sectors, nine million unemployed and rising food, transport, water and electricity inflation,” he said.

Further demands by Cosatu:

  • Reduce the fuel levy and other taxes
  • Taxing the wealthy to subsidize the poor
  • Clean up the corruption
  • Wasteful expenditure
  • Looting of the RAF by lawyers
  • Invest and expand public transport
  • Ensure the safety of public transport (trains, taxis and buses)
  • Ensure the reliability of Metro Rail
  • Reinstate a dedicated full time rail way police under SAPS
  • Deal with criminal syndicates vandalising Metro Rail
  • Deal with lawlessness in the taxi industry
  • Ensure the taxi industry is properly subsidised and supported by the state
  • Invest in producing electric buses, cars and bikes locally to reduce our dependence upon a volatile and expensive oil industry
  • Explore the nationalisation of SASOL to provide cheaper petrol for South Africans.

On VAT, Cosatu demands that government:

  • Reverse the VAT hike or announce when it will come to an end
  • Implement the recommended additional VAT exempt products by the VAT Panel
  • Exempt locally produced poultry from VAT as a key food for the poor
  • Exempt sanitary pads and school uniforms from VAT
  • Purchase locally produced sanitary pads and school uniforms for the poor and distribute them at government schools, clinics and hospitals
  • Introduce a progressive sliding scale for VAT for water and electricity for the poor
  • Introduce luxury VAT rates for luxury goods and imports
  • Overhaul the tax regime to make it more progressive,
  • Less burdensome to the poor and to ensure the rich pay their fair share

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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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