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20220701 1900 WILLSHIR SOUTH AFRICA TIMELINE

July 1

SOUTH AFRICA – EASTERN CAPE – 01 JUL 2022
• GQEBERHA/ PORT ELIZABETH – 01 JUL 2022 (08H20) Fire reported on Newton Street in Newton Park. Reports indicate that a mechanical workshop has caught fire. The reason for the fire is unknown at this stage. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Emergency services have been dispatched.
• GQEBERHA/ PORT ELIZABETH – 01 JUL 2022 (10H20) Protest reported on Mission Road in Greenbushes. 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.
• EAST LONDON – 01 JUL 2022 (14H00) UPDATE The demonstrators have started marching at Scenery Park, moving to the Police Station. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. (12H55) Residents of Scenery Park have started gathering on Scenery Park Road ahead of the march to the Scenery Park Police Station. The demonstrators are expected to protest to demand answers from the Police Station, the Eastern Cape Liquor Board and forensics regarding the 21 young children that died at the Enyobeni tavern. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police are on the scene.
• KOMANI/ QUEENSTOWN – 01 JUL 2022 (16H00) UPDATE The N6 between Komani and Cathcart are open to traffic. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. Police are monitoring the situation. (10H00) Protest reported on the N6 outside Komani heading towards Cathcart. The demonstrators are barricading the road with burning tyres and debris. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Police have been dispatched to the scene.

SOUTH AFRICA – FREE STATE – 01 JUL 2022
• BLOEMFONTEIN – 01 JUL 2022 (07H45) Protest reported outside the Central University of Technology (CUT). Students are protesting to demand that exams be written online and that their allowances be paid. The demonstrators have blockaded the entrance of the campus. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. A heightened police visibility has been reported in the area.
• WELKOM – 01 JUL 2022 (09H45) Protest reported on Mothusi Road in the vicinity outside the Central University of Technology (CUT). Students are protesting to demand that exams be written online. The demonstrators have blockaded the entrance of the campus. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police are on the scene.

SOUTH AFRICA – GAUTENG – 01 JUL 2022
• TSHWANE / PRETORIA – 01 JUL 2022 (09H15) The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) and the National Mineworkers Union (NUM) are expected to meet with Eskom at the Central Bargaining Forum today, 01 July 2022, to discuss a wage proposal tabled by the power utility. This follows after ongoing protests by employees to demand a 12% salary increase.
• RANDBURG – 01 JUL 2022 (11H00) UPDATE The Magistrates Court has postponed the assault case of CIC Julius Malema and Member of Parliament (MP), Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, to Thursday, 29 September 2022, for judgement. (06H05) The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Commander in Chief (CIC), Julius Malema, is expected to appear at the Randburg Magistrates Court today, 01 July 2022. The court is expected to hear the matter of the policeman who denied the President entry into the final resting place of Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, in 2018. Possible protests are expected during the court proceedings. Motorists are advised to be vigilant. Police will be deployed to monitor the area.
• KRUGERSDORP – 01 JUL 2022 (12H35) Protest reported on the R28 in the vicinity of West Village. The demonstrators are protesting due to power outages. The demonstrators have barricaded the road with burning tyres and debris. Reports indicate that illegal miners locally known as Zama Zama’s have opened fire on Eskom officials while restoring power in the area. The situation is volatile. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police have been dispatched.
• SANDTON – 01 JUL 2022 (14H50) UPDATE Eskom Chief Executive Officer (CEO) André de Ruyter stated that wage discussions with unions are progressing well. The parties have been meeting since 09H00 this morning, 01 July 2022. The state-owned power company gave an update on the current electricity grid challenges. Stage 4 will be implemented until 22H00 today, 01 July 2022, followed by stage 2 from 22H00 until 07H00 on Saturday, 02 July 2022. De Ruyter stated that the successful return to work of striking employees would enable the utility to lift the blackouts. (09H30) The Eskom Group Chief Executive, Andre de Ruyter, is expected to hold a media brief today, 01 July 2022, from 11H00 until 12H00. Eskom’s management team is also expected to provide an update on the challenges of the current system.
• SANDTON – 01 JUL 2022 (15H00) UPDATE The demonstrators have arrived outside Eskom Megawatt Park. Motorists are advised to be vigilant. (06H00) Protest expected at members affiliated with various Political parties today, 01 July 2022, at Eskom Megawatt Park in the Sunninghill area from 12H00. The demonstrators are expected to gather at Woodmead Retail Park and march to Eskom offices. The demonstrators are expected to protest to demand the resignation of Eskom Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Andre De Ruyter. Motorists are advised to avoid the area during the protest. Public Order Police will be dispatched to monitor the march.
• TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 01 JUL 2022 (17H20) UPDATE All roads have been reopened to traffic in the Hercules area. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. Police and security services are monitoring the situation. (17H00) Road closure reported on Van Der Hoff Avenue due to the ongoing protest. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. (12H40) Protest reported on Theo Slabbert Avenue and Hjalmer Street in the Hercules area. This follows after demonstrators set alight a vehicle inside a private property on Theo Slabbert Avenue on Thursday night, 30 June 2022. Gomora informal settlement residents are protesting for the Municipality to formalise the area and provide basic services. The demonstrators are barricading the roads. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes and avoid the area. Police are monitoring the situation.

SOUTH AFRICA – KWAZULU-NATAL – 01 JUL 2022
• DURBAN – 01 JUL 2022 (02H10) Inkosi Shinga has been sworn in as the Chairperson for the House of Traditional and Khoi-San leaders. This follows after the Municipal Elections held in Durban. Additionally, Inkosi Nqayizivele Wiseman Sithole has been elected as the Deputy Chairperson of the House of Traditional Leaders. The positions have been acknowledged by the Kwazulu-Natal Democratic Alliance (DA) Spokesperson on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) Martin Meyer.
• DURBAN – 01 JUL 2022 (13H45) Road closures are expected at the Greyville Racecourse in the Central Business District from 23H00 today, 01 July 2022, until Saturday, 02 July 2022. The roads will be closed for the Durban July horse racing event. The roads that will be affected include Avondale Road, DLI Avenue, Mitchell Cresent, Clarence Road, 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. The roads will be reopened on Saturday when the event ends.

SOUTH AFRICA – LIMPOPO – 01 JUL 2022
• POLOKWANE/PIETERSBURG – 01 JUL 2022 (04H45) Premier Chupu Staley Mathabatha has confirmed the additional adjustments of Members of the Executive Council (MEC). MEC Phophi Ramathuba has been appointed to the Department of Health. MEC Seaparo Sekwati has been elected to the position of the Department of Provincial Treasury. MEC Nandi Ndalane has been transferred to the Department of Agriculture. MEC Thabo Mokone will be appointed to the Department of Economic Development. MEC Basikopo Makamu will be transferred to the Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism. Additionally, MEC Thandi Morake is set to be transferred to the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture.
• BELA BELA – 01 JUL 2022 (14H30) The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) is expected to investigate the Police’s part in the theft at President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Phala Phala farm, following a request from the African Transformation Movement (ATM). Former State Security Agency Head Arthur Fraser opened a criminal case into the theft in June 2022, claiming that there was an attempt to cover up the theft of millions of US dollars from the Limpopo farm. The ATM requested the Police to investigate newly appointed National Police Commissioner Fannie Masemola and Predecessor Khehla Sitole. The party also requested the suspension of the police officials who were implicated, pending the outcome of the investigation.
• MARIVENI – 01 JUL 2022 (16H20) The Greater Tzaneen Municipality announced that the protest by Mariveni village residents had ended. This follows after a meeting between the Municipality and residents on Thursday, 30 June 2022. The residents have been protesting due to water supply challenges since Wednesday, 29 June 2022. Officials from the Mopani district municipality, which is a water authority, have vowed to resolve the issue.

SOUTH AFRICA – MPUMALANGA – 01 JUL 2022
• AMSTERDAM – 01 JUL 2022 (06H35) Protest reported on the R65 between Amsterdam and Ermelo and the R33 between Amsterdam and Piet Retief. 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. Police have been dispatched.

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTH WEST – 01 JUL 2022
• WOLMARANSSTAD – 01 JUL 2022 (08H50) The Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development and the Portfolio Committee on Employment and Labour is expected to embark on a three-day oversight visit to farms in the province from today, 01 July 2022, until Sunday, 03 July 2022. The Portfolio Committee is expected to visit the Bona Bona Game Farm, Haartebeespoortfontein Farm and the JF Cronje, Herbenia Farm. This joint oversight follows the National Assembly’s resolution, adopted on 10 November 2020, for the two committees to assess the impact of legislation and explore opportunities for legislative review. The resolution instructs the committees to focus on the following, comprehensive oversight of executive action in the implementation of legislation aimed at improving the living and working conditions of farm workers, farm dwellers and farmers, Government’s commitments toward improved living and working conditions in the farming communities, including work done by stakeholders in the agricultural sector and impact assessment of legislation affecting farm workers and make recommendations for legislative amendments.

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTHERN CAPE – 01 JUL 2022
• KIMBERLEY – 01 JUL 2022 (09H40) The Member of the Executive Council (MEC) for Health, Maruping Lekwene, and the Managing Executive of the Central Region for Vodacom, Evah Mthimunye, are expected to handover cold chain equipment to the Provincial Department of Health today, 01 July 2022, from 10H00 at the Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe Hospital. This follows after the donation of R74 million by Vodacom Group and Vodafone Foundation to procure cold chain equipment to ensure that vaccines are delivered to several countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

SOUTH AFRICA – WESTERN CAPE – 01 JUL 2022
• CAPE TOWN – 01 JUL 2022 (01H05) Fire reported on Gqoloma Street. Reports indicate that local shacks have been set alight in the area. The cause of the fire has not been identified. Emergency services have been deployed to the scene. Fire and Rescue services are expected to launch search operations to identify the cause of the fire.
• GEORGE – 01 JUL 2022 (08H55) Protest reported on Nelson Mandela Boulevard by members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). The demonstrators have blockaded the road. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police have been dispatched.
• CAPE TOWN – 01 JUL 2022 (16H20) Residents from Tsunami informal settlement in Delft marched to the Western Cape Premier Alan Winde’s office in Cape Town city centre to demand their area be developed. Community leader Anele Mcaleni stated that about 3,300 families lack basic services in Tsunami. The residents are demanding electricity connections, water supply, security and sanitation. The Chief Financial Officer for the Western Cape Department of Human Settlements, Francois de Wet, received the protesters’ memorandum on behalf of the Premier.
• GRABOUW – 01 JUL 2022 (17H50) Fire reported at the Elgin Fruit Juices Manufacturer on Industrial Avenue in Grabouw. The fire has spread to Gaffley’s Transport and the Waterworks informal settlement on Ou Kaapse Way. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Emergency services and firefighters are on the scene.

UPCOMING EVENTS – 01 JUL 2022
• TSHWANE/ PRETORIA: Protest expected by Operation Dudula on Saturday, 02 July 2022 from 10H00 at Church Square in Sunnyside.
• JOHANNESBURG: The Church Unity Commission is expected to commemorate the eSwatini massacre at Constitution Hill on 02 July 2022 from 10H00.
• 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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