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Watch | Pinetown baby with rare heart condition needs life-saving surgery

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Durban – A Pinetown mother has reached out to South Africans to help her infant daughter receive lifesaving surgery.

Roxanne Pennington gave birth to little Hollyn several months ago.

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Hollyn needs urgent lifesaving surgery. Pic Supplied

At just one month, Hollyn’s parents were told she has Atrioventricular Septal Defect – with two holes in her heart.

Pennington says because of the condition, Hollyn often stops breathing during simple tasks like eating or playing.

She says while they were initially devastated and unprepared, they chose to fight for her to live.

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“We have big dreams for her. We are just claiming it in Jesus’ name that our child will be healed for sure. We want to see her go to school, graduate from university and we want to be there for her wedding. We have all these dreams and hopes for her.”

Pennington says they need to raise R400,000 for Hollyn’s operation.

“She has to have the operation done before she is six-months-old. A [medical] professor says after six months – there’s no point in doing the surgery because the lungs will have irreversible damage,” she adds.

Pennington says she is currently four-months and two weeks old.

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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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