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Three missing after ship catches fire on Durban harbour

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Durban – Three people have been reported missing following a fire on a fishing trawler at the Durban harbour in Bayhead.

According to Rescue Care paramedics operations director, Garrith Jamieson, firefighters are still battling the blaze.

“Rescue Care paramedics are currently on scene on a ship on fire in the Bayhead area where multiple people have been injured as a result of the actual fire,” Jamieson said.

He said multiple ambulances were on scene.

Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) Durban Port Manager, Nokuzola Nkolwane, said they can confirm that a fire broke out aboard a fishing trawler which was in for repairs at Repair Jetty 2 in the Prince Edward Graving Dock (Durban Dry Dock) in the Port of Durban.

“Emergency services are on site and attending to the blaze. Any further details will be made available by the private ship repair contractor where appropriate.” Nkolwane said.

Earlier on Thursday, it is alleged that a bus driver at Newlands West was approached by three men who robbed him of his cellphone.

The driver fled on foot and the suspects allegedly shot at him but he was not harmed. Later the driver saw that his bus was on fire. Moreover, no passengers were injured during the incident.

On Tuesday the body of a 41-year-old man was recovered from the Durban Harbour after his truck left the dock and landed in the harbour. Daily News

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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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