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20220615 1900 WILLSHIR SOUTH AFRICA TIMELINE

June 15

SOUTH AFRICA – EASTERN CAPE – 15 JUN 2022
• GQEBERHA/ PORT ELIZABETH – 15 JUN 2022 (08H15) Motorists are advised to exercise caution when travelling along Mission Road in Greenbushes. Community members from Kuyga have barricaded the road with stones and are throwing stones at passing vehicles. On Tuesday, 14 June 2022, the community held a protest action due to poor service delivery and blocked the road. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant.
• GRAAFF-REINET – 15 JUN 2022 (12H10) The South African Weather Service (SAWS) has issued a yellow level two warning of cold weather and possible snowfall in high-lying areas of the Eastern Cape from today, 15 June 2022, until Thursday, 16 June 2022. The affected areas will include the northern parts of the province, including Graaff-Reinet and Hogsback. However, low chances of rainfall are expected across the province. Motorists are advised to exercise caution and avoid affected areas. Emergency teams will be placed on high alert for possible incidents.
• GQEBERHA/ PORT ELIZABETH – 15 JUN 2022 (16H45) UPDATE Demonstrators have dispersed on Johnson Road and Bertram Street in Zwide. The road is open to traffic. Parents have been protesting at the Garrett Primary School. The demonstrators have been demanding a secure fence be built around the school. (11H15) Road closure reported on the corner of Johnson Road and Bertram Street in Zwide. Community members are burning tyres along the road. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route. Police are on the scene. (09H30) Protest reported on Johnson Road in Zwide near the Zwide Motor Spares store. Community members are protesting and blockading the road with tyres and debris. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route. Police are aware of the situation.

SOUTH AFRICA – FREE STATE – 15 JUN 2022
• ROADSIDE – 15 JUN 2022 (07H40) The Road Traffic Management Corporation and other law enforcement agencies have reopened the N3 Highway between Warden and Villiers in the Free State. This follows after the truck drivers affiliated with the All Truck Drivers Forum and Allied South Africa (ATDF ASA) blockaded the highway in protest against the employment of foreign truck operators on Tuesday, 14 June 2022. Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has condemned the truck driver’s actions and has added that he is liaising with the Labour Minister, Thulas Nxesi, and Home Affairs Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi, to address the truck drivers’ grievances.

SOUTH AFRICA – GAUTENG – 15 JUN 2022
• TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 15 JUN 2022 (06H05) Protest expected at the Union Buildings in Arcadia, Pretoria, today, 15 June 2022. Community Work Programme (CWP) employees are expected to gather at the corner of Kgosi Mampuru Street and Madiba Street, Pretoria Central, at 10H00 to march to the Union Buildings in demand of appropriate payment in line with their contractual employment agreement. Traffic is expected to be affected on several routes during the march, including Kgosi Mampuru Street, Madiba Street, Sophie De Bruyn Street, Bosman Street, Paul Kruger Street, Thabo Sehume Street, Lilian Ngoyi Street, Sisulu Street, Du Toit Street, Nelson Mandela Drive, Steve Biko Road, Hamilton Street, and Government Avenue. The demonstrators are expected to disburse from the Union Buildings at 13H00. Tshwane Metro Police officers will be deployed to monitor the demonstration and all affected streets. Motorists are advised to avoid affected roads and use alternative routes.
• MIDRAND – 15 JUN 2022 (14H00) Police are investigating the death of a female victim that has been fatally shot on Olifantsfontein Road in Midrand this morning, 15 June 2022. The victim was seated in her vehicle and was approached by an unknown number of suspects. The suspects fired several shots, fatally wounding the victim. Police Spokesperson Dimakatso Sello stated that the motive for the shooting is unknown. No arrests have been made.
• BRAKPAN – 15 JUN 2022 (16H30) UPDATE The taxi violence on the corner of Prince George Avenue and Voortrekker Road, has been resolved. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. (15H25) Taxi violence reported on the corner of Prince George Avenue and Voortrekker Road. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes and avoid the area. Police have been dispatched to the scene.
• BRAKPAN – 15 JUN 2022 (17H30) UPDATE Demonstrators have dispersed at the Springs Road and Ergo Road intersection. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. (15H30) Peaceful protest reported at the Springs Road and Ergo Road intersection in Brakpan. The road remains open to traffic. Motorists are advised to be vigilant. Police have been dispatched to the scene.

SOUTH AFRICA – KWAZULU-NATAL – 15 JUN 2022
• UMHLANGA – 15 JUN 2022 (06H10) Protest expected by members affiliated with the Food and Allied Workers Union (FAWU) today, 15 June 2022, at the Unilever Head Offices in Umhlanga from 12H00. The employees at Unilever’s Indonsa plant are expected to protest to demand a 9,5% wage increase. The demonstrators are expected to deliver a Memorandum of Demand. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police will be deployed to monitor the situation.

SOUTH AFRICA – LIMPOPO – 15 JUN 2022
• PIETERSBURG/ POLOKWANE – 15 JUN 2022 (07H15) Members of Operation Dudula in Polokwane have issued a warning to the management of the South African Brewery (SAB) in Polokwane that if they fail to adhere to their demands, the members will shut down the depot. This follows after the members held a demonstration at the offices of SAB, Coca-Cola, and Fidelity Services Group on Tuesday, 14 June 2022, to deliver a Memorandum of Demands (MoD) demanding employment to South African nationals and not foreign nationals. A member of Operation Dudula from Soweto, Thabo Mayo, has stated that the companies have been given 14 days to respond, and if the companies fail to respond, the members will lead to a shutdown of the businesses. Mayo stated that these companies should stop hiring undocumented foreigners, citing Section 38 of the Immigration Act 13 of 2002, which states that no person shall employ an illegal foreigner.
• THOHOYANDOU – 15 JUN 2022 (17H40) UPDATE EFF Deputy President, Floyd Shivambu, is addressing demonstrators in Ward 26 at the Mahematshena Sports Ground. Community members have raised concerns regarding the shortage of water, electricity and lack of employment. (16H00) EFF members have dispersed at the Thohoyandou Plaza. The EFF members are gathering for community meetings at the Mahematshena Sports Ground. (13H45) The EFF members are protesting at Thohoyandou Plaza. The demonstrators are encouraging young people to attend the Youth Day event on Thursday, 16 June 2022. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. This is ahead of the community meeting in Ward 26 at the Mahematshena Sports Ground, Thulamela, at 14H00. (09H00) Protest expected in Thohoyandou, today, 15 June 2022, from 11H00. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Deputy President (DP), Floyd Shivambu, is expected to lead the march in commemoration of 16 June, Youth Day. The demonstrators are expected to gather at the Thohoyandou Plaza on Main Road via the Taxi Rank and proceed to the Thavhani Mall. The affected roads will include Casino Boulevard, Thohoyandou Police Street, Plaza Taxi Rank street, R523, Game Street and Garden Rite. Thereafter, Shivambu will be expected to hold a community meeting in Ward 26 at the Mahematshena Sports Ground, Thulamela, at 14H00. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route for the duration of the protest. Police will be deployed to the scene.

SOUTH AFRICA – MPUMALANGA – 15 JUN 2022
• MBOMBELA/ NELSPRUIT – 15 JUN 2022 (16H25) Eskom Mpumalanga and Limpopo warned customers of the risk of increased implementation of lead reduction. This is due to an increase in equipment failure caused by illegal electricity activities across high-density areas in the provinces. Eskom appeals to members of the public to refrain from using electricity indiscriminately, illegal connections, bypassing meters, tampering with, and vandalising the electricity infrastructure as this causes the network to overload.

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTH WEST – 15 JUN 2022
• RUSTENBURG – 15 JUN 2022 (10H05) UPDATE Demonstrators are currently protesting at the intersection of Escom Street and Zendeling Street, proceeding to the Municipal Electricity Department. Members of the public are advised to remain vigilant. (09H10) Protest reported near the vicinity of Waterkloof between Kroondal Platinum Mine and Rustenburg Platinum Mines (RPM). Reports indicate that community members are protesting and have barricaded the road with burning tyres and debris. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route. Police are aware of the situation.
• LICHTENBURG – 15 JUN 2022 (13H45) Protest reported on Blokkies Drive/ R503 near Ben Nel Transport outside Lichtenburg heading towards Coligny. Demonstrators are preventing truck drivers from accessing the road. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Police have been dispatched to the scene.
• BLOEMHOF – 15 JUN 2022 (18H00) UPDATE The N12 in Bloemhof remain closed to traffic due to the ongoing protest. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Police are monitoring the situation. (13H00) The truck drivers affiliated with the All Truck Drivers Forum and Allied South Africa (ATDF ASA) have vowed to continue to protest until the Government adheres to their demands. The truck drivers have closed the N12 Highway between Bloemhof and Wolmaransstad, leading to Johannesburg and Cape Town to all truck drivers. However, light motor vehicles are allowed to travel through. The affected roads will include areas linked to Bloemhof towards Hoopstad. Law enforcement is on the scene. Motorists are advised to make use of alternative routes such as Schweizer-Reneke. (07H00) Protest is still ongoing along the N12 to Bloemhof from Wolmaransstad. Truck drivers have been placed across the roadway by truck operators affiliated with the All Truck Drivers Forum and Allied South Africa (ATDF ASA). Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Authorities are aware of the situation. (01H15) The N12 approaching Bloemhof from Wolmaransstad remains closed to traffic in both directions. Trucks have been placed across the roadway by truck operators affiliated with the All Truck Drivers Forum and Allied South Africa (ATDF ASA). Demonstrators are protesting against the employment of foreign truck operators. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Authorities are aware of the situation.

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTHERN CAPE – 15 JUN 2022
• KIMBERLEY – 15 JUN 2022 (06H15) The Sol Plaatjie Rate Payers Union is expected to hold a meeting at the Horseshoe Motel in Kimberley from 13H00 today, 15 June 2022. The union is planning to take legal action against the Sol Plaatjie Municipality regarding poor service delivery regarding water, electricity and road infrastructure. Local business owners and community leaders will be attending the meeting.

SOUTH AFRICA – WESTERN CAPE – 15 JUN 2022
• CAPE TOWN – 15 JUN 2022 (01H20) Flooding reported on the N2 Inbound approaching the offramp to Spine Road in the vicinity of Khayelitsha, Cape Town. The road has been closed to traffic. This follows persistent rainfall being experienced in the area. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes.
• CAPE TOWN – 15 JUN 2022 (06H00) The Parliament is expected to debate the reduction of fuel prices today, 15 June 2022. This follows after the Democratic Alliance (DA) demanded that the Government reduce fuel prices by cutting the 33% fuel tax.
• CAPE TOWN – 15 JUN 2022 (08H40) Cape Town Mayor Gordan Hill-Lewis has appointed 110 emergency and rescue service teams to assist victims of flooding in the city. This follows after the city’s disaster management issued a statement of overnight flooding in many areas in Cape Town. The South African Weather Service (SAWS) also had issued a warning for localised flooding amid an intense cold front in the city. The affected areas included Khayelitsha, Ottery, Langa, Strand, Philippi, Gugulethu, Delft, and Vryground. Hill-Lewis has further stated that the teams will be assisting the victims of flooded households and then, thereafter, commence with road infrastructure.
• KHAYELITSHA – 15 JUN 2022 (11H00) Police Minister, General Bheki Cele, is scheduled to deliver an address at the Khayelitsha Response Summit, hosted by the Khayelitsha Development Forum (KDF), on 16 June 2022, at 08H00. The summit will focus on engaging with the community in response to cross-sectoral and cross-departmental solutions, as well as resolving crime concerns. The Youth Day multi-sectoral engagement will be attended by the South African Police Service (SAPS) Police Ministry, officials from the Government responsible for safety and security, as well as community policing forums alongside the youth and residents of Khayelitsha.
• CAPE TOWN – 15 JUN 2022 (14H30) Trade Union Solidarity has urged Parliament to intervene in the Government’s failure to provide adequate support to social workers. Solidarity members have raised concerns about several failures by the Department of Social, including a lack of direction, support and training for social workers. This follows after more than 80% of social workers surveyed indicated that the department does not prioritise social work. A total of 61% of all social workers participated in the survey.
• CAPE TOWN – 15 JUN 2022 (15H40) Protest reported on Main Street and O Nqubelani Street near Mfuleni Shopping Centre in Mfuleni. Demonstrators are barricading the road. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Police have been dispatched to the scene.
• CAPE TOWN – 15 JUN 2022 (17H50) Protest reported on Mew Way and Japhta K Masemola Road intersection in Khayelitsha. Community members are barricading the road with burning tyres and debris. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes and avoid the area. Police are on the scene.

UPCOMING EVENTS – 15 JUN 2022
• KOFFIEFONTEIN: The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Free State is expected to commemorate the Soweto Uprising Day in Letsemeng on Thursday, 16 June 2022, at the Ditlhake Stadium in Koffiefontein.
• SOWETO: Members of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) Young Workers Forum in the Gauteng Central Region are expected to conduct a Youth Day Commemorative march at the Orlando West High School in Soweto on Thursday, 16 June 2022.
• THOHOYANDOU: The Economic Freedom Fighter (EFF), Commander in Chief (CIC), Julius Malema, is expected to deliver a keynote address at the Youth Day commemoration on Thursday, 16 June 2022, from 11H00 at the Makwarela Stadium.
• KWAMHLANGA: Premier Refilwe Mtsweni Tsipane is expected to deliver a keynote address during the Provincial Youth Day Commemoration on Thursday, 16 June 2022, from 09H00 at the Solomon Mahlangu Stadium.
• MTHATHA: President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to deliver a keynote address at the Youth Day Commemoration on Thursday, 16 June 2022, at the Mthatha Stadium from 10H00.
• JOHANNESBURG: Protest expected by the members of the Forgotten Nation on Thursday, 16 June 2022, at the Hector Peterson Memorial from 10H00.
• DURBAN: Protest expected at the Bat Centre in Esplanade, on Thursday, 16 June 2022, from 14H00.
• GQEBERHA/ PORT ELIZABETH: Protest expected at the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) office in front of the Kwantu Towers, on Thursday, 16 June 2022, from 09H30.
• DURBAN: Protest expected by members affiliated with the Congress of the South African Trade Union (COSATU) on Friday, 17 June 2022.
• TSHWANE/ PRETORIA: Protest expected by members affiliated with the South African Emergency Personnel’s Union (SAEPU) on Friday, 17 June 2022, at the National Department of Health.
• TSHWANE/ PRETORIA: Protest expected by members affiliated with the Young Communist League of South Africa (YCLSA) on Saturday, 18 June 2022, at the Union Building from 10H00.
• KATHU: Protest expected by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) members on Wednesday, 22 June 2022, at the Kumba Iron Ore Mine from 11H00.
• JOHANNESBURG: The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) is expected to convene a Health Committee meeting on 23 June 2022.
• SOWETO: The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) is expected to hold an EFF Freedom Charter Day Rally on Sunday, 26 June 2022, at the Walter Sisulu Square from 11H00.
• BLOEMFONTEIN: The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) is expected to celebrate its 9th Anniversary on Saturday, 31 July 2022, at the Dr Molemela Stadium from 11H00. The EFF Commander in Chief (CIC), Julius Malema, is expected to address the EFF members during the celebration.

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