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Heavy truck backlog at Durban harbour due to early arrival

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Heavy truck backlog at Durban harbour due to early arrival

Port authorities say trucks arriving ahead of time when terminals are not ready to process them is what’s causing the congestion at the Durban Harbour.

“These trucks have obstructed access to the weighbridge facilities, as a result the trucks that are supposed to be processed cannot be processed because of those weighbridges.

“We have started with working with Metro Police and other security teams in the port to try address the issues of decongestion.”

There’s been a queue in the Maydon Wharf Precinct stretching several kilometres since Friday morning.

Some truck drivers have told Newswatch it appears they’ll be spending the night still stuck in the backlog.

Transnet National Ports Authority is asking transport companies to not send anymore trucks to the precinct until the congestion has eased.

General Manager at the Port of Durban, Moshe Motlohi says the Decongestion Task Team has been pushing for all port terminals to have a booking system that will give port users information on truck volumes so they can plan better.

He says they’ve brought experts onboard to ensure better traffic flows in the near future.

“We have engaged property developers who have land packets in the Western side of the eThekwini city where they are developing a massive staging area.

“That staging area we think it can serve the purpose for those trucks who would be coming from far who would be awaiting further instruction they can park there and only come to the port when they are expected to come in here.”

He says an application for ownership of the roads around Maydon Wharf to be transferred to the Port of Durban is also before the City.

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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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