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20220623 1900 WILLSHIR SOUTH AFRICA TIMELINE

June 23

SOUTH AFRICA – EASTERN CAPE – 23 JUN 2022
• CATHCART – 23 JUN 2022 (17H45) Community members of Cathcart are demanding that the Amahlathi Local Municipality and Mayor Nomasikizi Konza address poor service delivery in the area. This follows after a violent protest on the N6 outside Cathcart on Wednesday, 22 June 2022. The demonstrators have set alight five heavy motor vehicles and threw stones at passing vehicles. The situation remains volatile.

SOUTH AFRICA – FREE STATE – 23 JUN 2022
• THEUNISSEN – 23 JUN 2022 (16H20) The Masilonyana Local Municipality management and employee representatives held a meeting today, 23 June 2022, in Theunissen. The parties are expected to discuss the non-payment of employees’ salaries for the month of May 2022. The employees have embarked on a go-slow and have closed all the offices in Theunissen, Brandfort, and Winburg. The Municipality is one of a few municipalities in the province which failed to submit financial statements for auditing.

SOUTH AFRICA – GAUTENG – 23 JUN 2022
• JOHANNESBURG – 23 JUN 2022 (06H00) The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) is expected to convene a Health Committee meeting today, 23 June 2022, at the COSATU House. During the meeting, COSATU members will provide updates on the National Health Insurance (NHI). Furthermore, the COSATU is set to present its position on the NHI.
• TSHWANE/PRETORIA – 23 JUN 2022 (06H15) President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to travel to Windhoek, Namibia, from 28 June 2022 until 01 July 2022 to co-chair the third session of the Namibia-South Africa Bi-national Commission (BNC). Namibian President Hage Geingob will chair the BNC. President Ramaphosa is set to lead the South African delegation at the session. During the session, the members are expected to discuss ways to strengthen bilateral relations between both countries.
• GROBLERSDAL – 23 JUN 2022 (07H55) Community members and their representatives are expected to commence a planned shutdown in the Groblersdal area on 24 June 2022. The community will get their petition signed and transfer the memorandum to relative authorities. Furthermore, the community members are requesting the renaming of Groblersdal Town, Marble Hall Town, Groblersdal Magistrate Court, Police Station, Ben Viljoen School, Loskop Water Scheme, Groblersdal Mall, Groblersdal Hospital, Van Riebeeck Street and all strategic key points in Sekhukhune. The South African Police Services (SAPS) are aware of the shutdown.
• JOHANNESBURG – 23 JUN 2022 (07H00) Service disruption reported in the Hursthill area. The power outage has followed due to a Blown Mini Substation (MSS). The affected areas include Montroux, Risidale, Northcliff, Waterval Estate and Blackheath. A new MSS has been ordered and will be installed as the unit arrives on site. Updates will be provided as received.
• TSHWANE/PRETORIA – 23 JUN 2022 (10H25) Protest expected by the National Union of Metalworks of South Africa (NUMSA) at the Japanese Embassy on 24 June 2022. The members will gather at 295 Baines Street, Groenkloof, from 14H30. This follows Nissan’s plans to remove 150 fixed-term contracts. The members will deliver a memorandum of demands to the Nissan management in South Africa. The members are demanding that Nissan follow the principles of a Just Transition due to workers expected to be displaced as the new technology is not labour intensive. Furthermore, the workers are requesting Nissan disclose their plans and whether workers will be trained and upskilled.
• JOHANNESBURG – 23 JUN 2022 (11H50) The Labour Courts of Johannesburg have ordered the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) to return to work. The order has been given to allow the Judge to evaluate the arguments before establishing a final order. This follows after Impala Platinum argued in Court that a closed shop agreement, signed by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) in 2014, is binding even on non-parties which include Numsa members. Additionally, Majola stated the wage agreement signed by AMCU in October 2021 is also binding to members of NUMSA. NUMSA Spokesperson, Phakamile Hlubi-Majola, argued that the closed shop agreement has expired in terms of the Labour Relations Act (LRA) and that no ballot has been taken in the three-year time frame to ascertain whether the workers are opposed to the closed shop agreement. NUMSA is expected to appear before the Courts to determine whether the order must be made permanent.
• TSHWANE/PRETORIA – 23 JUN 2022 (12H00) Health Minister Joe Phaahla has confirmed the first case of Monkeypox. This followed after the department observed the virus in a 30-year-old civilian with no travel history. The National Institute For Communicable Diseases Of South Africa (NICD) will establish contact tracing to discover additional civilians with the virus.
• SANDTON – 23 JUN 2022 (13H45) Peaceful protest reported at six Eskom Power Station facilities. Demonstrators have barricaded the roads heading to the power stations, which hinders the movement of people and goods into or outside of the facilities. The locations of the power plants are yet to be disclosed. This follows after the wage negotiations have reached a deadlock between Eskom and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) at the Central Bargaining Forum (CBF).
• SOWETO – 23 JUN 2022 (14H30) UPDATE Road closure reported on Adcock Street between Moses Chickens and Fresh Meat in the Tshepisong area. The road is closed due to the ongoing service delivery protest. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. (06H35) Protest reported on Manotshe and Mabalane street in the Soweto area. Reports indicate that community members are barricading the roads with rocks and burning tyres. Furthermore, the members are expected to be protesting due to service delivery-related issues. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes.
• BENONI – 23 JUN 2022 (14H45) Arson reported on Chris Hani Drive in Daveyton. Community members have set alight the residence of a male suspect accused of sexual assault. The suspect fled before the incident. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Police and emergency services have been dispatched to the scene.
• KRUGERSDORP – 23 JUN 2022 (15H00) Police, in a joint operation with Fidelity Security Service, are evicting illegal occupants along Hendrik Potgieter Road near the Cradlestone Mall in the Muldersdrift area. Motorists are advised to be vigilant. The situation is calm.

SOUTH AFRICA – KWAZULU-NATAL – 23 JUN 2022
• LOUWSBURG – 23 JUN 2022 (14H00) UPDATE The R69 road near the Louwsburg area has been reopened to traffic. The roadway remains obstructed with debris. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. Police are monitoring the scene. (09H30) Protest reported on the R69 road near the Louwsburg area. Reports indicate that the members are protesting due to poor service delivery. Furthermore, the protestors have barricaded the road with debris. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes.

SOUTH AFRICA – LIMPOPO – 23 JUN 2022
• MOKOPANE – 23 JUN 2022 (07H25) The Court has postponed the bail hearing for the four suspects alleged to have killed African National Congress (ANC) councillors Vaaltyn Kekana and Ralph Kanyane to 01 July 2022 at the Mokopane Magistrates Court. The postponement is expected to follow due to a suspect requiring an operation for an illness examined by his private medical doctor. The State is set to oppose the bail application due to the safety of the witnesses in the case.
• LEPHALALE – 23 JUN 2022 (15H30) Peaceful protest reported at Medupi Power Station. Demonstrators have barricaded the roads leading to the power station. This follows after the wage negotiations have reached a deadlock between Eskom and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) at the Central Bargaining Forum (CBF). Motorists are advised to be vigilant. Police are monitoring the protest.
• LEPHALALE – 23 JUN 2022 (15H30) Peaceful protest reported at Matimba Power Station. Demonstrators have barricaded the roads leading to the power station. This follows after the wage negotiations have reached a deadlock between Eskom and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) at the Central Bargaining Forum (CBF). Motorists are advised to be vigilant. Police are monitoring the protest.

SOUTH AFRICA – MPUMALANGA – 23 JUN 2022
• HENDRINA – 23 JUN 2022 (08H55) Protest reported on the Arnot road outside of Hendrina. Members are expected to be protesting due to the poor service delivery. The members have allegedly blocked off the road. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes.
• EMALAHLENI/ WITBANK – 23 JUN 2022 (15H30) Peaceful protest reported at Duvha Power Station. Demonstrators have barricaded the roads leading to the power station. This follows after the wage negotiations have reached a deadlock between Eskom and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) at the Central Bargaining Forum (CBF). Motorists are advised to be vigilant. Police are monitoring the protest.
• HENDRINA – 23 JUN 2022 (15H30) Peaceful protest reported at Hendrina Power Station. Demonstrators have barricaded the roads leading to the power station. This follows after the wage negotiations have reached a deadlock between Eskom and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) at the Central Bargaining Forum (CBF). Motorists are advised to be vigilant. Police are monitoring the protest.
• MATLA – 23 JUN 2022 (15H30) Peaceful protest reported at Matla Power Station. Demonstrators have barricaded the roads leading to the power station. This follows after the wage negotiations have reached a deadlock between Eskom and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) at the Central Bargaining Forum (CBF). Motorists are advised to be vigilant. Police are monitoring the protest.
• RIETKUIL – 23 JUN 2022 (15H30) Peaceful protest reported at Arnot Power Station. Demonstrators have barricaded the roads leading to the power station. This follows after the wage negotiations have reached a deadlock between Eskom and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) at the Central Bargaining Forum (CBF). Motorists are advised to be vigilant. Police are monitoring the protest.

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTH WEST – 23 JUN 2022
• WOLMARANSSTAD – 23 JUN 2022 (06H00) Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula is scheduled to embark on an inspection visit to Wolmaransstad, Klerksdorp, and Potchefstroom in the North West on Thursday, 23 June 2022. During the visit, Minister Mbalula is expected to evaluate progress made in the restoration of the N12 national highway through the three towns. This aims to follow up on commitments made during the Minister’s previous Imbizo to the area. FOCHVILLE – 23 JUN 2022 (10H05) Protest reported on Kerk street near the Fochville Secondary school. Members are expected to be protesting due to poor service delivery in the area. Reports indicate that the members are barricading Nkoala street. Police are on the scene. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes.
• LICHTENBURG – 23 JUN 2022 (17H50) Protest reported on the R52 and R503 intersection at the Toyota Garage in Lichtenburg. Previously, community members have been protesting due to poor service delivery. The demonstrators are barricading the road with burning tyres and debris. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Police are on the scene.

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTHERN CAPE – 23 JUN 2022
• KIMBERLEY – 23 JUN 2022 (16H40) Vandalism reported at the Herlear Substation in Kimberley. The Galeshewe area is currently experiencing an electricity outage. Electricians have detected the defective and damaged cables. The Sol Plaatje Municipality Spokesperson stated that repairs are underway and power should return to all affected areas. However, repairs might be delayed due to the vandalised parts that need to be outsourced.

SOUTH AFRICA – WESTERN CAPE – 23 JUN 2022
• DELFT – 23 JUN 2022 (10H10) Detectives from the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) have announced the launch of a search operation in the vicinity of Delft. This follows after Constable Shamiela Arendse died during a shooting incident on Tuesday, 21 June 2022, at 19H10. Reports indicate that unknown gunmen fired several rounds sporadically at Arendse and three others at her house on Gilo road. The shooting follows after the death of Warrant Siyakubonga Gladstone Mphakathi on 01 June 2022. No reason has been provided for the shooting. The DPCI requests that the public provide any information leading to the apprehension of the suspects.
• CAPE TOWN – 23 JUN 2022 (18H00) The City of Cape Town condemns the vandalism of the infrastructure at the North Shore sewer pump station in Harbour Road, Hout Bay. The City’s Water and Sanitation maintenance team has reported that thieves have stolen all the electrical cables and breakers, including the telemetry system. The telemetric alarm systems assist maintenance staff in preventing or reducing overflows by using mobile generators to power the pumps. Security will be deployed to the site to prevent any further damage to the City’s infrastructure. Hout Bay properties in North Shore Drive, Westford, Gibraltar and Sluysken Roads are serviced by this North Shore sewer pump station.

UPCOMING EVENTS – 23 JUN 2022
• TSHWANE/PRETORIA: Protest expected by the National Union of Metalworks of South Africa (NUMSA) at the Japanese Embassy on 24 June 2022.
• TSHWANE/ PRETORIA: President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to lead South Africa’s participation in the virtual 14th Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) Leaders’ Summit hosted by the People’s Republic of China from Thursday, 23 June, until Friday, 24 June 2022.
• BHISO: Protest expected by members affiliated with the Young Communist League of South Africa (YCLSA) and Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) Young Workers Forum (YWF) on Friday, 24 June 2022, at the office of the Premier from 10H00.
• 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.
• TSHWANE/ PRETORIA: President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to travel to Windhoek, Namibia, from 28 June 2022 until 01 July 2022 to co-chair the third session of the Namibia-South Africa Bi-national Commission (BNC).
• 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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