Lydia Mokgokoloshi, renowned as Koko Mantsha on Skeem Saam and an 83-year-old veteran actress, is not related to Skeem Saam actor Leeto, despite images showing them together. She is Charity’s mother and Katlego’s grandmother, with a background in a large family of five siblings. Her father was visually impaired, and her mother singlehandedly supported the family.
Lydia and her late husband had only one child, a son, who unfortunately passed away in 2003. This tragic loss left Lydia’s dream of seeing her child grow and care for her unfulfilled.
Lydia’s only son left behind two children, and she currently resides with them in Soweto. Koko Mantsha, with over 20 years of teaching experience, transitioned into acting. Prior to her role in Skeem Saam, she appeared in ‘Bophelo ke semphekgo’ as a formidable mother-in-law, showcasing her versatility in the world of television.
Top 10 Fastest Trains in the World: A Journey at Breakneck Speeds
Traveling by train has never been faster, and the world’s top high-speed rail systems are setting new records in speed and efficiency. Let’s take a closer look at the top ten fastest trains in the world, along with their estimated prices.
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1. Shanghai Maglev – 267.8 mph (431 km/h)
The Shanghai Maglev tops the list, reaching speeds of 267.8 mph. This magnetic levitation train in China offers a futuristic travel experience, with a one-way ticket price starting at around $8.
2. Fuxing Hao CR400AF/BF – 249 mph (400 km/h)
China’s Fuxing Hao CR400AF/BF, also known as the “Rejuvenation,” races at 249 mph, making it the second fastest train globally. A ticket on this high-speed train can be purchased for approximately $120.
3. TGV InOUI Duplex – 198 mph (320 km/h)
France’s TGV InOUI Duplex takes the third spot, with a top speed of 198 mph. Travelers can experience this train for around $75 for a one-way journey.
4. Italo AGV – 190 mph (306 km/h)
Italy’s Italo AGV hits 190 mph and offers a stylish ride with fares starting at about $45.
5. Shinkansen H5 – 186 mph (300 km/h)
Japan’s Shinkansen H5 is fifth on the list, reaching speeds of 186 mph. Passengers can purchase tickets for approximately $150.
6. Eurostar e320 – 186 mph (300 km/h)
Connecting London with mainland Europe, the Eurostar e320 is the sixth fastest train globally, traveling at 186 mph. Prices for a one-way journey begin at $50.
7. E5 Series Shinkansen Hayabusa – 186 mph (300 km/h)
Another Japanese entry, the E5 Series Shinkansen Hayabusa, ties for the sixth spot with a maximum speed of 186 mph. Ticket costs are approximately $150.
8. Sapsan – 155 mph (250 km/h)
Russia’s Sapsan train races at 155 mph, making it the eighth fastest train in the world. Passengers can secure tickets for about $50.
9. Acela Express – 150 mph (240 km/h)
The United States’ Acela Express operates at a maximum speed of 150 mph and ranks ninth on the list. Travelers can enjoy this high-speed ride for approximately $130.
10. Thalys TGV – 150 mph (240 km/h)
The Thalys TGV, connecting multiple European cities, also reaches a top speed of 150 mph and rounds out the top ten. Fares for a one-way journey start at about $40.
These high-speed trains offer not only remarkable speed but also a comfortable and efficient way to travel. While prices vary depending on routes and travel classes, they provide an excellent alternative to air travel for those looking to reach their destinations swiftly and conveniently.