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20220624 1900 WILLSHIR SOUTH AFRICA TIMELINE

June 24

SOUTH AFRICA – EASTERN CAPE – 24 JUN 2022
• EAST LONDON – 24 JUN 2022 (07H20) Protest reported on the R72 near East London Airport. Reports indicate that the Buffalo Pass Road and Cove Rock Intersection are also affected. 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.
• ALICE – 24 JUN 2022 (08H55) The African National Congress (ANC) is expected to celebrate the 67th anniversary of the Freedom Charter on Sunday, 26 June 2022, at 10H00. The Freedom Charter was adopted by South Africans from all walks of life at the Congress of the People in Kliptown on 26 June 1955. The celebration is expected to be held at the University of Fort hare in the Eastern Cape.
• BISHO – 24 JUN 2022 (13H45) UPDATE Members of YCLSA and COSATU Young Workers Forum are protesting outside the Premier’s office. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. Police are monitoring the protest. (06H05) 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) today, 24 June 2022, at the office of the Premier from 10H00. The demonstrators are expected to protest to demand job opportunities. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police will be deployed to monitor the area.

SOUTH AFRICA – FREE STATE – 24 JUN 2022
• BLOEMFONTEIN – 24 JUN 2022 (08H30) The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) is expected to celebrate its 9th Anniversary on Saturday, 30 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.
• BLOEMFONTEIN – 24 JUN 2022 (14H20) The Free State High Court has issued a warrant of arrest for fraud and corruption accused Gupta associate Dinesh Patel after he failed to appear in court today, 24 June 2022. The warrant will stand for two hours from 14H00. Patel’s lawyer Senior Council Kenny Oldwedge, made a plea to the court to personally present him to the judge. The warrant will be effected should Patel fail to appear before the judge within two hours.
• BLOEMFONTEIN – 24 JUN 2022 (14H30) Former Transnet board member and Gupta family business associate Iqbal Sharma and 16 co-accused appeared at the Free State High Court in Bloemfontein today, 24 June 2022, for a pre-trial hearing. The case relates to payment made by the Free State Department of Agriculture between 2011 and 2012 to Nulane Investment for a feasibility study for potential farming projects in the province. The funds were allegedly diverted to the Islandsite Investments company owned by the Gupta family. The state alleges that the accused colluded in diverting the funds.

SOUTH AFRICA – GAUTENG – 24 JUN 2022
• JOHANNESBURG – 24 JUN 2022 (10H30) Eskom announced that stage four loadshedding will be implemented today from 11H00 until 00H00 and on Saturday, 25 June 2022 and Sunday, 26 June 2022, from 05H00 until 00H00. Eskom stated that they are compelled to take preventive measures to conserve emergency generation reserves due to the ongoing unprotected labour action. However, Eskom cautions the public that as the shortage of generation capacity persists, the system will continue to be constrained with an elevated risk of loadshedding over the coming weeks.
• TSHWANE/PRETORIA – 24 JUN 2022 (11H30) Protest expected by Operation Dudula on Saturday, 02 July 2022 from 10H00. Demonstrators will be protesting against illegal immigration and marginalising South African informal business sectors. Demonstrators are demanding the employment of South Africans first. Motorists are advised to avoid the area during the gathering.
• SOWETO – 24 JUN 2022 (14H50) Protest reported on the R559/ Main Road in Protea Glen Extension 29. Persimmon Road and Georges Saches Street are also closed to traffic. Community members are protesting due to a three-day water interruption. The demonstrators are barricading the road with burning tyres and debris. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Police have been dispatched.
• BENONI – 24 JUN 2022 (15H00) The African National Congress (ANC) in Gauteng is holding its 14th ANC Gauteng Elective Conference at the Lakes Hotel Conference Centre in Benoni today, 24 June until Sunday, 26 June 2022. More than 1000 delegates will participate in this conference. The nomination and election process of the new leadership will only take place on Saturday, 25 June 2022. Provincial Secretary Jacob Khawe stated that the conference will start with commissions, as opposed to electing the new leadership. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes and avoid the area. A heightened Police presence is reported.
• SANDTON – 24 JUN 2022 (15H30) Fire reported at the informal settlement in Alexandra. Approximately 200 informal houses have been affected. Firefighters have contained the fire. The fire began when the electricity supply was restored after loadshedding. Residents allegedly left appliances on. Motorists are advised to be vigilant.
• TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 24 JUN 2022 (15H45) UPDATE NUMSA members have arrived at the Japanese Embassy. Motorists are advised to be vigilant. Police are monitoring the protest. (06H00) Protest expected by the National Union of Metalworks of South Africa (NUMSA) at the Japanese Embassy today, 24 June 2022. The members will gather at 295 Baines Street, Groenkloof, from 14H30. This follows due to Nissans 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.
• SANDTON – 24 JUN 2022 (16H10) Eskom’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) Jan Oberholzer stated that the power utility could increase the loadshedding to stage five as illegal protest action continues at several of its power stations. Oberholzer explained that the strike, which began on Thursday, 23 June 2022, resulted in Eskom having to use backup power reserves throughout the day to meet demands. The lack of operational staff and resources meant that Eskom had to lower the output of its coal-fired units and make up the difference by using backup reserves. Around 50 to 100 employees were blocking roads and access to gates at each affected power station, preventing over 200 other employees from attending work. Staff were intimidated into staying home for their own safety, and protestors threw rocks at vehicles transporting employees to work.
• SANDTON – 24 JUN 2022 (18H00) Eskom has been granted an interdict to stop the illegal strike action at nine of its power stations. Chief Operations Officer (COO) Jan Oberholzer stated that given the illegal nature of the strike, employees can face disciplinary action and possibly dismissal. The strike erupted after Eskom and trade unions reached a deadlock in wage negotiations on Tuesday, 21 June 2022. Eskom has declared a dispute with the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA.

SOUTH AFRICA – KWAZULU-NATAL – 24 JUN 2022
• AMANZIMTOTI – 24 JUN 2022 (16H00) Police have launched an investigation into the fatal shooting that occurred on the R102 near Crocworld in Amanzimtoti this morning, 24 June 2022. Three suspects were caught by security guards loading overhead copper cables into a vehicle. The suspects opened fire on the security guards and fled the scene as the security guards returned fire. Charges of attempted murder, tampering with essential infrastructure and theft were opened at Umkomaas Police Station for investigation. The Police found the suspects’ vehicle abandoned on Tacoma Road in Amanzimtoti with a deceased suspect inside. The vehicle was searched, and the cables were recovered.
• PIETERMARITZBURG – 24 JUN 2022 (18H00) UPDATE Both lanes on the N3 at Peter Brown Road have been reopened to traffic. Motorists are advised to be vigilant. (16H45) Heavy backlog reported on the N3 from Peter Brown Road at the bottom of Towns Hill near Pietermaritzburg past Nottingham Road. Freight transport operators have been advised to find a safe place to park and to continue their journey on Saturday morning, 25 June 2022. Freight transport operators from Johannesburg, who are yet to depart, are advised to delay their journey until Saturday. This follows after a vehicle accident last night, 23 June 2022, on the N3 near Peter Brown Road that caused a spillage of cobalt. One lane is open to traffic. However, the backlog is over 70 kilometres long.

SOUTH AFRICA – LIMPOPO – 24 JUN 2022
• POLOKWANE/ PIETERSBURG – 24 JUN 2022 (06H00) Road closures expected on several routes surrounding the Jack Botes Hall in Polokwane Central during the State of the City Address from 07H30 today, 24 June 2022. Roads and intersections that are expected to be affected include Bodenstein Street between Schoeman Street and Church Street, Landdros Maré from Excelsior Street to Bodenstein Street, Schoeman Street, and the intersection of Bodenstein Street and Market Street. Municipal Spokesperson Thipa Selala has stated that both parking areas at the new Council Chamber and Department of Transport and Community Safety are also expected to be barricaded and inaccessible to the public for the duration of the event. Selala has advised motorists to avoid the affected streets and use alternative routes.
• GIYANI – 24 JUN 2022 (08H05) Protest reported in the Central Business District of Giyani. Reports indicate that all entry posts to the CBD are closed due to demonstrators demanding a resolution to load reduction. Eskom employees are not able to enter their office due to the protest. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes for the duration of the protest.
• GROBLERSDAL – 24 JUN 2022 (17H20) UPDATE The Groblersdal Magistrates Court has postponed the assault case to 29 June 2022 for judgment on the bail application. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. (10H20) The ANC Youth League’ Regional Secretary Lesedi Maphakane has noted that their members have mobilised in support to the victim and his family, and are calling for justice on the matter. Maphakane has stated that the union will be submitting a memorandum of demands to the Groblersdal Police Station Commander, and will be urging the law enforcement agencies to strengthen their efforts when dealing with cases of racism, abduction and kidnappings, gender-based violence as well as the killing of women and children. (09H30) Protest reported at the Groblersdal Magistrates Court by the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU). COSATU will protest in support of a victim who was assaulted. The accused will appear at Groblersdal Magistrates Court. The accused has been charged with assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and the illegal pointing of a firearm. Motorists and members of the public are advised to avoid the Groblersdal Magistrates Court and other affected areas during the demonstrations. Public Order Police (POP) and Local Police officers are expected to be deployed in the area to monitor the situation.

SOUTH AFRICA – MPUMALANGA – 24 JUN 2022
• SWALALA – 24 JUN 2022 (07H50) UPDATE Reports indicate that the Numbi gate is currently inaccessible due to the ongoing protest. All travellers travelling to and from the Numbi Gate are advised to use alternative gates such as Phabeni and Paul Kruger until further notice. (06H50) Protest reported 800m from Numbi gate towards White River. Demonstrators are blocking the road with tyres and debris. Emergency services have been dispatched to the area. The reason for the protest remains unknown. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes for the duration of the protest.

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTH WEST – 24 JUN 2022
• RUSTENBURG – 24 JUN 2022 (17H30) The Provincial Department of Human Settlements announced plans to upgrade informal settlements in the mining areas around the Bojanala and Dr Kenneth Kaunda districts in the North West. The informal settlements are close to mining areas and mainly house migrant workers. North West Human Settlements Member of Executive Council (MEC) Lenah Miga stated that the department has the responsibility to improve housing conditions in the informal settlements, as well as to improve the well-being of North West communities.

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTHERN CAPE – 24 JUN 2022
• KIMBERLEY – 24 JUN 2022 (07H40) Member of Executive Council (MEC) Maruping Lekwene is expected to conduct a media briefing today at 09H00 regarding the budget for the province. Lekwene is expected to outline the department’s expenditure for the 2022/2023 fiscal year.

SOUTH AFRICA – WESTERN CAPE – 24 JUN 2022
• CAPE TOWN – 24 JUN 2022 (11H55) UPDATE The City’s Water and Sanitation Directorate announced that they are attending to the sinkhole that appeared on Blaauwberg Road earlier this morning, 24 June 2022. The Directorate stated that the cause of the sinkhole emerged from a 300-millimetre (mm) diameter water main that burst. The water supply to that section of the network has been shut off, and the water supply has been rerouted to sustain the water supply to the impacted areas. The Directorate further noted that the team will start with repair works as soon as possible. (06H45) Road closure reported at the Blaauwber and Koeber road intersection. Reports indicate that the closure is due to a sinkhole in the road. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes for the duration of the road closure.

UPCOMING EVENTS – 24 JUN 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.
• ALICE: The African National Congress (ANC) is expected to celebrate the 67th anniversary of the Freedom Charter on Sunday, 26 June 2022, at 10H00
• 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).
• TSHWANE/ PRETORIA: Protest expected by Operation Dudula on Saturday, 02 July 2022 from 10H00 at Church Square in Sunnyside.
• BLOEMFONTEIN: The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) is expected to celebrate its 9th Anniversary on Saturday, 30 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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