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Power fully restored after Johannesburg substation fire

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City Power confirmed on Wednesday that it had fully restored power to the suburbs cut off after the fire at its Eikenhof substation on Monday.

Tests on the two transformers supplying electricity to residents and Rand Water were completed last night and were now fully loaded with capacity to provide 100% electricity supply to all the suburbs affected by fire, said Lerato Setshedi‚ City Power CEO.

“The damage to the infrastructure was so severe that it would have taken nothing less than at least 72 hours to fix and restore power to the residents. But the dedication and hard work of the women and men engineers and technicians who worked tirelessly around the clock‚ ensured that 32 hours later power was restored. We thank them for putting everything into to this operation to ensure our customers get electricity as soon as possible‚” said Setshedi.

City Power said it would continue bringing back two other transformers to ensure backup supply to the substation.

Setshedi said City Power would reconnect overhead lines severely damaged during the fire today‚ and bring back another new transformer to replace the one razed to the ground. This would not interrupt power supply to consumers‚ businesses or Rand Water.

It would take a little while for water reservoirs to fill up to ensure full supply of water to the residents affected, he said. This was because the reservoirs were completely empty and needed to fill up first and pack up pressure.

City Power investigators were finalising their probe into the cause of the fire‚ and the costs of the repairs‚ said Setshedi. This would form part of the technical report to help apply proper remedial measures to prevent a recurrence.

Setshedi expressed his sincere appreciation to the residents for their patience and understanding during this crisis‚ and apologised for any inconvenience caused during the repairs.

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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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