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Warning: Soaring temperatures hit KZN

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DURBAN : Stay well hydrated – that is the warning from KZN Emergency Services (KZN EMS) as temperatures across the province are set to soar into the high thirties and forties on Friday, while a severe weather watch has been issued by the SA Weather Service for thunderstorms expected later today.

With an expected high of 42 degrees celsius in Ulundi, 39 degrees in Richards Bay and 38 degrees in Newcastle and Ladysmith, KZN EMS Robert Mckenzie said that dehydration and heat stroke are the two greatest risks in high temperatures.

He advised drinking two litres of water a day provides good hydration in scorching heat, adding that the elderly and children are at the highest risk

“We respond to multiple cases each day for people that have dehydration or heat stroke. If somebody is not feeling well as a result of the heat, they may be feeling dizzy, they could be feeling nauseous, they will normally will be feeling quite thirsty as well. If they don;t want to drink, are confused or unable to co-operate with you, then you need to call emergency services,” said McKenzie.

SA Weather Service forecaster, Ayanda Ntsele confirmed a severe weather watch has been issued for later today, with thunderstorms expected in the northern areas of KZN.

Ntsele said the weather is expected to cool on Saturday with Durban expecting a temperature of 25 degrees with some showers forecast.

Cooler temperatures are expected next week though when rain is expected for much of the week.

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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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