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20220704 1000 WILLSHIR SOUTH AFRICA TIMELINE

July 4

SOUTH AFRICA – EASTERN CAPE – 04 JUL 2022
• GQERBERHA/PORT ELIZABETH – 04 JUL 2022 (03H50) The South African Breweries (SAB) announced an investment of R510 million into Nelson Mandela Bay as part of its Ibhayi expansion project. SAB stated that the investment forms part of a broader R4,5 billion injection they pledged at South Africa’s conference earlier this year. SAB stated that the project is expected to employ 14,000 unemployed young people by the end of 2022.
• ELUPHILISWENI – 04 JUL 2022 (07H25) Protest reported on the R61 between Magusheni and Mbizana. 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 – FREE STATE – 04 JUL 2022
• ZAMDELA – 03 JUL 2022 (21H10) Protest reported on the R82 in Zamdela, Koppies. Reports indicate that demonstrators are protesting due to the lack of electricity supply in the community. The demonstrators are barricading the road with burning tyres and debris. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes and avoid the area. Police have been dispatched to the scene.
• PARYS – 04 JUL 2022 (04H45) Eskom announced that it will restore electricity supply to parts of Parys and Vredefort in the Free State once the Ngwathe Local municipalities settle their debt. This comes after the municipality’s network overloaded, resulting in the power utility’s equipment tripping and plunging thousands of households into the dark on Friday 01 July 2022. Eskom stated it issued a quotation for the municipality and during meetings held this week – Ngwathe agreed to pay for the repairs. However, the power utility said it’s ready to start with restoration work, but they have not yet received the agreed payment.

SOUTH AFRICA – GAUTENG – 04 JUL 2022
• TARLTON – 03 JUL 2022 (21H35) Protest reported on the N14 in Tarlton. Reports indicate that demonstrators are throwing vehicles with stones. The reason for the protest remains unknown. The South African Police Service (SAPS) has been dispatched to the area. Motorists are advised to avoid the area during the duration of the protest.
• JOHANNESBURG – 03 JUL 2022 (23H20) Airlink’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Rodger Foster announced that a delegation from Madagascar is expected to meet President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday, 05 July 2022. Foster stated that the meeting is aimed at the Government of Madagascar’s demands for returning gold bars, dollars and couriers that should be returned to Madagascar. Foster stated that the meeting is set up after the Government of Madagascar suspended flights from South Africa (SA) after authorities seized gold bars and foreign currency from three Madagascar civilians who entered SA on 31 December 2021.
• JOHANNESBURG – 04 JUL 2022 (03H35) Protest expected by the Democratic Alliance (DA) Party on Tuesday 05 July 2022, at 11H15 at Member of Executive Council’s (MEC) Payanza Lesufi’s office in Gauteng. The protest by the DA is due to the Basic Education Laws Amendment (BELA) Bill that Lesufi wants to implement. The Bill aims to disempower the school governing bodies (SGBs) with regard to language and admission policies. The DA stated that they firmly believe the power should remain with the SGB, as they know and understand the needs of their communities.
• PRETORIA/TSHWANE – 04 JUL 2022 (04H05) Protest expected by the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) at the Gauteng Department of Health. DENOSA Gauteng Chairperson Simphiwe Gada stated that the protest is due to the district’s non-payment of salaries and retrenchment of nurses over the past three months. Gada stated that the Gauteng Department of Health agreed to pay salaries today, 04 July 2022. Gada stated that if the Department fails to commit to the agreement made, the union will embark on a protest action in the province.
• BRAKPAN – 04 JUL 2022 (06H25) Protest reported on Barry Marais Road/M43 near Holomisa informal settlement. The demonstrators are protesting due to poor service delivery. The demonstrators have barricaded the road with stones and debris. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police have been dispatched.
• SANDTON – 04 JUL 2022 (07H20) Looting reported on the N3 North before the Buccleuch Interchange. A truck transporting alcohol has overturned and lost its load on the roadway. Reports indicate that motorists and community members are looting the items. Motorists are advised to approach the area with caution. Emergency services have been dispatched.

SOUTH AFRICA – KWAZULU-NATAL – 04 JUL 2022
• MBENI – 04 JUL 2022 (06H00) Protest reported on the N2 between Harding and Port Shepstone near Mbeni. The demonstrators have barricaded the road with burning tyres and debris. The demonstrators are protesting due to poor service delivery. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police have been dispatched.
• CATO RIDGE – 04 JUL 2022 (07H10) Protest reported on the R103 in the vicinity of the Eskom offices. The demonstrators are protesting due to power outages. 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 – LIMPOPO – 04 JUL 2022
• POLOKWANE/PIETERSBURG – 04 JUL 2022 (09H00) The National Education, Health, and Allied Workers’ Union (NEHAWU) and other Health Unions have welcomed the resignation of the head of the Provincial Department of Health, Thokozani Mhlongo. Thokozani Mhlongo resigned from the department with immediate effect on Friday, 01 July 2022. NEHAWU stated that it has been calling for Mhlongo’s removal from 2021 due to her incompetency and the collapse of the health department. The NEHAWU Provincial Secretary, Moses Maubane, stated remedial action should be taken against those implicated in the Public Protector’s report on allegations of maladministration and procurement irregularities in awarding of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) tenders.

SOUTH AFRICA – MPUMALANGA – 04 JUL 2022
• MAHUSHU – 04 JUL 2022 (07H00) The Masoyi South African Police Service (SAPS) has advised motorists to remain vigilant when travelling on the R538 and Numbi Road due to ongoing protests. The demonstrators are protesting due to poor service delivery. Police have dispersed the demonstrators. The situation remains volatile. Police will continue to monitor the area.
• WITBANK/EMALAHLENI – 04 JUL 2022 (07H50) UPDATE Road closure reported on the R575 and the Old Bethal Road due to ongoing protests. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. (06H20) Protest reported on the R544 in the vicinity of Total Energies Benicon towards Duvha Power Station. The demonstrators have barricaded the road with stones and debris. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police have been dispatched.

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTH WEST – 04 JUL 2022
• WOLMARANSSTAD – 04 JUL 2022 (08H30) The Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (ALRRD), as well as the Committee on Employment and Labour, has given Bona Bona Game Farm 14 days to correct the non-compliance and report to the Department of Employment and Labour. This follows after employees at Bona Bona Game Farm raised complaints of being underpaid and not being compensated for overtime work during the Portfolio Committee’s oversight visit from Friday, 01 July 2022, until Sunday, 03 July 2022.

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTHERN CAPE – 04 JUL 2022
• KIMBERLEY – 04 JUL 2022 (09H15) Peaceful protest reported on the corner of Seochoareng Street and Barkly Road by the Democratic Alliance (DA) members. The demonstrators are protesting against high fuel prices. Motorists are advised to be vigilant. Police are monitoring the area.

SOUTH AFRICA – WESTERN CAPE – 04 JUL 2022
• GEORGE – 04 JUL 2022 (06H40) Protest expected by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) members on Nelson Mandela Boulevard today, 04 July 2022. The demonstrators are expected to protest to demand shop owners to assist a foreign national in rebuilding their shop. This follows after the shop caught fire and burnt down. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police will be deployed to the area.
• CAPE TOWN – 04 JUL 2022 (09H20) Peaceful protest reported on the corner of Chapel Street and Voortrekker Road. The reason for the protest is unknown at this stage. The demonstrators have obstructed the road. Motorists are advised to be vigilant. Police have been dispatched.

UPCOMING EVENTS – 04 JUL 2022
• 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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