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One dead as explosion rocks Zim’s biggest grain silos

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Harare – An explosion has ripped a silo at Grain Marketing Board Lion’s Den depot 150km north-west of Zimbabwe capital, Harare, on Tuesday, leaving one person dead and at least four employees unaccounted for.

The explosion is suspected to have been caused by an electric fault and part of the grain silos was damaged, resulting in the blockage of the tunnel.

A worker at the depot said there was a loud bang Tuesday afternoon, adding that rescue efforts were underway.

“I saw four bodies, but there was one of a woman which was crushed beyond recognition. The fire brigade called from Chegutu is making little headway because there is too much smoke which is obstructing rescuers,” the GMB employee, who preferred anonymity, said.

“There is also one person thus far who has been rescued and seems alive. He has been taken to hospital.”

A roll by the GMB officials indicated that four workers could not be accounted for.

Outgoing lands, agriculture and rural resettlement minister Perrance Shiri flew to the scene and said investigations were being carried out by forensic experts to ascertain the cause of the explosion.

Zimbabwe Republic Police spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba initially said she would respond to African News Agency (ANA), but later her mobile phone went off.

GMB spokesperson Joseph Katete’s was not immediately available for comment.

The explosion resulted in a fire in the control tower plant, which collapsed on impact.

The plant and one of the silos caught fire following the incident, which also severely damaged the foundation of the silo.

Several concrete blocks forming the foundation of the silo’s escape route were ripped up and strewn metres way off the storage facility.

Lion’s Den depot is Zimbabwe’s largest grain storage centre. African News Agency/ANA

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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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