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Fairmont Zimbali Hotel retrenches 220 staff members

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Fairmont Zimbali Hotel has retrenched 220 employees following the negative impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown.

The five-star hotel, situated along the northern parts of the KZN coastline, near Ballito, was placed under administration on September 17. The hotel was managed by international hotel group AccorHotels.

Speaking before the KwaZulu-Natal Economic Council on Friday, MEC for Economic Development Nomusa Dube-Ncube presented her findings from a meeting the day before with the Fairmont Zimbali Hotel business rescue practitioner (BRP), Pierre Berrange.

“We discussed the business rescue plan and all other related issues, such as job losses and talks with potential buyers of the hotel. He informed me that about 220 workers had been retrenched,” said Dube-Ncube.

The MEC said the department’s biggest concern was the loss of jobs.

Berrange, who was appointed as BRP by the Kuwait-based IFA Hotels and Resorts, told the MEC that the hotel needed around R75 million to get back on its feet, but neither banks nor shareholders had shown an appetite for investing.

The MEC said that Berrange had notified her of the Hilton Hotel Group’s interest in buying the hotel but also said the government should help look for buyers.

The hotel owners, IFA Fair-Zim Hotel & Resort (Pty) Ltd, chose to go into business rescue to safeguard its shareholders’ interests, according to Moneyweb.

This came on the same day as President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement on the lifting of the Covid-19 international travel ban to South Africa.

“The losses that will be incurred in a gradual return to normality with ongoing uncertainty and the possible threat of further restrictions is just not commercially viable. We’ve been left with no alternative but to apply for business rescue,” said the hotel’s general manager, Wayne Krambeck.

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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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