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Disaster teams on standby following KZN weather alert



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Durban – KwaZulu-Natal communities in western parts of the province are being urged to prepare for heavy rains and possible hail today.

The South African Weather Service issued a ‘watch’ for severe storms over the western interior.

The Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs says Disaster Management teams have been placed on standby.

MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube says teams are ready to jump into action should there be any localised flooding or severe hail.

Dube-Ncube is urging communities in western parts of KwaZulu-Natal to take the necessary precautions.

She says officials are monitoring the situation, especially in low-lying areas prone to flooding.

The department says it has been in contact with several municipalities – including Amajuba, uThukela, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Impendla and the Greater Kokstad area, among others, to ensure they are properly prepared.

Dube-Ncube is advising parents to ensure their children use safe roads to get to and from school.

She says teachers must not release pupils in dangerous conditions.
Meanwhile, there is a 60 percent chance of showers and thunder showers in parts of the province today.

You can find your maximum temperatures for Friday below:
Durban, Pietermaritzburg and Mooi River – 20
Margate – 18
Richards Bay and Newcastle – 24
Ladysmith and Ulundi – 22
Kokstad and the Drakensberg – 19

Possible 10-20cm on the high peaks on the central and southern Drakensberg and Lesotho between late Friday night and Saturday morning. At this point there is no consistent data indicating low-level snow and the freezing level is quite high.

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Skeem Saam’s Koko Mantsha death dismissed as fake news



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



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.

WATCH | Outrage after several monkeys and dog poisoned in Umdloti

“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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