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20220617 1000 WILLSHIR SOUTH AFRICA TIMELINE

June 17

SOUTH AFRICA – EASTERN CAPE – 17 JUN 2022
• HUMANSDORP – 16 JUN 2022 (20H20) The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality has announced that Executive Mayor Eugene Johnson, accompanied by Minister of Water and Sanitation, Senzo Mchunu, has conducted a visit to the Bay’s western water supply dams today, 16 June 2022. The Municipality has stated that the visit forms part of efforts to assess the current water supply shortage situation. During an inspection of the Impofu Dam, Johnson noted that no water is currently being extracted from the source. However, a contractor has reportedly been appointed to remove the barge. Upon completion, the dam is expected to produce an estimated 30 mega litres per day within the following three weeks. The delegation also visited the Kouga Dam, where officials met with the Chairperson of the Kouga Irrigation Board and provincial officials.
• TSOLO – 17 JUN 2022 (08H30) Protest reported on the N2 between Mthatha and Qumbu towards the Tsolo intersection. The demonstrators are protesting due to poor service delivery. The demonstrators have barricaded the road with burning tyres and debris. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police have been dispatched.
• ZWELITSHA – 17 JUN 2022 (09H40) Protest expected by the members affiliated with the South African School Assistants’ Union (SASAU) on Monday, 20 June 2022, from 10H00 at the office of the Member of the Executive Council (MEC) for Education. The demonstrators are expected to gather at Zwelitsha Primary School and march to the MEC’s office. The demonstrators are expected to protest to demand proper principal induction, the reinstatement of assistants dismissed unfairly based on age, payment of full and outstanding stipends and the re-appointment of all eligible assistants from Phase two. Motorists are advised to avoid the area during the protest. Police will be deployed to monitor the area

SOUTH AFRICA – FREE STATE – 17 JUN 2022
• WELKOM – 16 JUN 2022 (21H30) Fire reported at the St. Helena Mini Substation in Welkom, Free State. The reason for the fire remains undetermined at this time. The incident has led to a power supply interruption in the St. Helena area. Authorities are on the scene and attending to the matter.

SOUTH AFRICA – GAUTENG – 17 JUN 2022
• ALEXANDRA – 16 JUN 2022 (19H00) Community members have set alight Altrek Sports Centre in Alexandra. The centre is also used as a local Councillor’s office. The residents have been protesting due to poor service delivery regarding the lack of electricity. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Emergency services are on the scene.
• TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 16 JUN 2022 (22H00) The Department of Transport has released a statement calling on all truck operators to seize the blockade of roads across the country as part of efforts to avoid an economic decline resulting from employment losses. This follows after Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula stated that the Government is continuously engaging with truck operators and are expected to conclude an agreement on the proposed interventions timeously. Minister Mbalula has noted that the Department is collaborating with Ministers of Labour, Employment and Home Affairs, as well as all affected stakeholders, to address the issues raised by truck drivers and small truck operators. A subsequent engagement is scheduled for Sunday, 19 June 2022, with all stakeholders, during which discussions are expected to be concluded.
• TSHWANE/PRETORIA – 17 JUN 2022 (06H05) Protest expected by members affiliated with the South African Emergency Personnel’s Union (SAEPU) today, 17 June 2022, at the National Department of Health. The demonstrators are expected to protest to demand payment for overtime, training to deal with disasters and safe working conditions. The demonstrators are expected to hand over a memorandum of demands to the Department. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police will be deployed to monitor the area.
• SOWETO – 17 JUN 2022 (09H00) Protest reported on Chris Hani Road/ M68 between Protea Gardens Mall and Chiawelo. The demonstrators are protesting due to poor service delivery. The demonstrators have barricaded the road with burning tyres and debris. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police have been dispatched.

SOUTH AFRICA – KWAZULU-NATAL – 17 JUN 2022
• VAN REENEN – 16 JUN 2022 (19H40) Police have arrested four truck drivers for economic sabotage, interfering with essential infrastructure and obstructing a national route. The arrest occurred on the N3 at Van Reenen Pass while the Police recovered vehicles barricading the road. Truck operators affiliated with the All Truck Drivers Forum and Allied South Africa (ATDF ASA) have been protesting against the employment of foreign truck operators. More arrests are expected.
• DURBAN – 16 JUN 2022 (22H30) Protest reported on Harry Gwala Road between the N3 and N2 approaching Pavilion Shopping Centre in Dawncliffe, Durban. Reports indicate that demonstrators are barricading the roadway with burning tyres and debris and throwing rocks at vehicles. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Police have been dispatched to the scene.
• ASHBURTON – 16 JUN 2022 (22H45) Road closure expected on the N3 bi-directional between Umlaas Road and Lynnfield Park in Ashburton between 09H00 and 15H00 on Tuesday, 21 June 2022. The road closure is necessary to conduct maintenance and upgrading works on the roadway. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes for the duration of the road closure.
• DURBAN – 17 JUN 2022 (06H00) Protest expected by members affiliated with the Congress of the South African Trade Union (COSATU) today, 17 June 2022, at the Marine Building. The demonstrators are expected to gather at Curries Fountain from 09H00 and protest in a motorcade to the Marine Building. The demonstrators are expected to hand over a memorandum of demands. The demonstrators are expected to protest against fuel prices, high cost of living, unemployment and poor wages. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police will be deployed to monitor the area.

SOUTH AFRICA – LIMPOPO – 17 JUN 2022
• GROBLERSDAL – 17 JUN 2022 (06H10) Protest expected at the Groblersdal Magistrate Court today, 17 June 2022. A suspect is expected to appear in court on charges of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and the unlawful pointing of a firearm. This follows after the suspect assaulted a 16-year-old male victim at the Groblersdal Mall on Wednesday, 15 June 2022. Demonstrators are expected to protest against racism. Motorists are advised to avoid the area during the court appearance. Police will be deployed to the scene.
• MAKGENG – 17 JUN 2022 (07H00) Protest reported on the R71 in the vicinity of Steven Lumber Mill. The demonstrators have barricaded the road with burning tyres and debris. Previous demonstrations have been related to poor service delivery and demands for job opportunities. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police have been dispatched.

SOUTH AFRICA – MPUMALANGA – 17 JUN 2022
• MKHUHLU – 17 JUN 2022 (08H50) The African National Congress (ANC) in the Ehlanzeni region is expected to hold its Youth Month Commemoration on Saturday, 18 June 2022, at the Mkhuhlu Stadium from 10H00. The ANC National Executive Council (NEC) and National Working Committee (NWC) member, Ronald Lamola, is expected to deliver a keynote address during the commemoration.

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTH WEST – 17 JUN 2022
• BLOEMHOF – 16 JUN 2022 (21H00) Truck drivers are dispersing on the N12 and R34 in Bloemhof. The Department of Transport and the All Truck Drivers Forum, and Allied South Africa (ATDF ASA) have begun discussions regarding their grievances. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. Congestion and slow-moving traffic are expected while the current traffic backlog is cleared. Police are monitoring the situation.
• POTCHEFSTROOM – 17 JUN 2022 (02H45) UPDATE Firefighters have contained the fire. Preliminary reports indicate that the fire had accidentally been caused by workers inside the building. Investigations into the incident are underway. (02H20) Fire reported at the Potchefstroom Pigeon Racing Club, located next to the N12 in Potchefstroom Central. The reason for the fire remains undetermined at this time. Emergency services are on the scene.

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTHERN CAPE – 17 JUN 2022
• UPINGTON – 17 JUN 2022 (07H25) The South African Weather Service (SAWS) has issued a high alert on severe wildfire expected over the Upington, Augrabies Falls, and Groblershoop. The Fire Danger Index (FDI) conditions are recorded at above 75 and may develop and spread rapidly, resulting in damage to property and possible loss of human or animal life. Members of the public are advised to remain cautious. Emergency rescue operations are on high alert for possible disruptions in the areas.

SOUTH AFRICA – WESTERN CAPE – 17 JUN 2022
• FRANSCHHOEK – 16 JUN 2022 (19H20) Police arrested two suspects for their involvement in a cash-in-transit (CIT) robbery that occurred at the Diamond Discount Liquor store in Franschhoek. The suspects attacked a Fidelity security guard while entering the armoured vehicle. The security guard dropped the canister box. The suspects then picked up the box and fled on foot. The box was later recovered a short distance from the crime scene. The Fidelity guards chased after the suspects and rammed their Ford Ka. However, the suspects managed to escape and their vehicle was later recovered. Community members spotted two suspects on foot and alerted the security in the area. Police and local security guards then arrested the suspects. The suspects are expected to appear in the Paarl Magistrate’s Court on Friday, 17 June 2022.

UPCOMING EVENTS – 17 JUN 2022
• 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.
• ZWELITSHA: Protest expected by the members affiliated with the South African School Assistants’ Union (SASAU) on Monday, 20 June 2022, from 10H00 at the office of the Member of the Executive Council (MEC) for Education.
• ASHBURTON: Road closure expected on the N3 bi-directional between Umlaas Road and Lynnfield Park in Ashburton between 09H00 and 15H00 on Tuesday, 21 June 2022.
• 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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