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20220706 1900 WILLSHIR SOUTH AFRICA TIMELINE

July 6

SOUTH AFRICA – EASTERN CAPE – 06 JUL 2022
• EAST LONDON – 06 JUL 2022 (10H30) UPDATE President Cyril Ramaphosa has arrived at Scenery Park Sports Field. Ramaphosa is expected to deliver the eulogy at the mass funeral. (06H40) President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to attend the mass funeral service of 21 youth members today, 06 July 2022, at the Scenery Park Sports Field from 09H00. The President will be joined by Premier Oscar Mabuyane and provincial and local government leaders.
• MOTHERWELL – 06 JUL 2022 (14H20) UPDATE Police have launched an investigation into the fire that damaged the Motherwell Library this morning, 06 July 2022. The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality stated that the fire was caused by vandalism. The firefighters extinguished the fire before it spread to other areas. (07H50) Fire reported at Motherwell Library. Reports indicate that the Library 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 are on scene.

SOUTH AFRICA – FREE STATE – 06 JUL 2022
• BLOEMFONTEIN – 06 JUL 2022 (16H30) The Member of Executive Council (MEC) for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta), Mxolisi Dukwana, has sent teams consisting of senior officials to failing Free State municipalities. The teams are set to assist municipalities in turning around their declining state of finances and service delivery. The teams will commence their work today, 6 July 2022, to steer municipalities back to sound administration and financial viability. These teams are set up in terms of section 154 of the Constitution to provide support and capacitate municipalities. They will report monthly. Regular updates will be shared with the media, communities and other important stakeholders and partners, on progress and challenges.

SOUTH AFRICA – GAUTENG – 06 JUL 2022
• TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 06 JUL 2022 (10H15) The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Naledi Pandor, is expected to visit Bali, Indonesia, to attend a two-day G20 Foreign Ministers Meeting (G20 FMM), scheduled to take place on Thursday, 07 July 2022, until 08 July 2022. The G20 Foreign Ministers Meeting (G20 FMM) is expected to be held under the theme Recover Together, Recover Stronger. The meeting is expected to discuss current geopolitical tensions worldwide, their humanitarian and socio-economic impacts and the role and contribution of the G20 in strengthening multilateralism. Minister Pandor will have bilateral discussions with some of her counterparts to discuss issues of multilateral cooperation and mutual interests.
• SOWETO – 06 JUL 2022 (15H00) Eskom in Gauteng stated that an overload on the network in high-density areas leads to a high failure rate at mini-substations and transformers. This follows after areas such as Mapetla, Molapo and Orlando West in Soweto experience continuous power outages in between loadshedding. The network overloading is caused by illegal connections, meter bypassing and unauthorised operations on the network. Eskom has to date, successfully replaced and repaired 116 out of 181 of the damaged mini-substations and 1326 out of 2314 transformers to the substantial total cost of R152 million.
• CENTURION – 06 JUL 2022 (17H50) UPDATE The demonstrators have dispersed on the R55 at Laudium. Community members delivered a memorandum to Member of Mayoral Committee (MMC) Andre Le Roux. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. (15H40) Peaceful protest reported on the R55 at Laudium, Centurion. Community members are protesting due to poor service delivery. The demonstrators are barricading the road. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes.

SOUTH AFRICA – KWAZULU-NATAL – 06 JUL 2022
• NOTTINGHAM ROAD – 06 JUL 2022 (12H45) Motorists travelling on the N3 near Nottingham Road are advised to be cautious due to a truck that lost its load on the roadway. The recovery process is underway. Emergency services are on the scene.
• CAMPERDOWN – 06 JUL 2022 (16H50) The South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (Sanral) has announced that there will be rolling road closures from Tuesday, 12 July, until Thursday 14 July 2022, due to construction work. The temporary road closures will be implemented in both directions between Umlaas Road interchange and Cato Ridge interchange. This will allow engineers to be able to commence with the blasting of rocks that were encountered near the Camperdown Overpass bridge. The rocks need to be removed to allow for the construction of the stormwater system and the pavement layers. This is part of Sanral’s ongoing upgrades of the N3 Section 2 from the Cato Ridge Interchange to the northern end of the Dardanelles Cutting. Work on this project began in April 2021 and is expected to be complete by May 2023.

SOUTH AFRICA – LIMPOPO – 06 JUL 2022
• POLOKWANE/ PIETERSBURG – 06 JUL 2022 (08H50) The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) is expected to hold a Frantz Fanon Lecture on Wednesday, 20 July 2022, at the Ngoako Ramatlhodi Sports Complex in Seshego. EFF Commissar Mbuyiseni Ndlozi is expected to address during the lecture.
• GIYANI – 06 JUL 2022 (11H45) The protest action expected by community members from various townships in the Giyani area over issues of alleged nepotism at the Greater Giyani Municipality has been suspended today, 06 July 2002. This follows after the municipality responded to a memorandum on Tuesday, 05 July 2022, from the residents who blocked the entrance to the municipal offices, calling for the suspension of the municipal manager and complaints about the municipality’s failure to consider locals in employment opportunities. The Executive Mayor Thandi Zitha clarified that allegations of nepotism against the manager, who is accused of misusing R10 million in the municipal account, are unfounded and misleading. The Municipal Spokesperson, Steven Mavunda, stated that the community representatives and the Mayor have agreed to solve issues raised by the community. The Mayor is expected to further engage community members on employment opportunities for young people within the coming days.

SOUTH AFRICA – MPUMALANGA – 06 JUL 2022
• MBOMBELA/ NELSPRUIT – 06 JUL 2022 (15H20) UPDATE The N4 remain closed to traffic at Matsulu, Kaapmuiden and Kanyamazane heading to Mbombela from Matsulu. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. (13H40) Road closure reported on the R40 in Rocky’s Drift and the R537 and R40 crossing in White River. The situation is volatile. Businesses in Mbombela Central Business District have closed for safety reasons. Barberton Central Business District is being patrolled by demonstrators to ensure businesses are closed. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes and avoid the area. (12H25) Police have announced that routes around Mbombela Central Business District (CBD) have been reopened for traffic following a fuel hike protest. However, the N4 route into the town remains closed. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. (12H00) Stone-throwing reported on the N4 Waterval Boven Tunnel. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. (11H10) Road closure on the N4 and R539 Schoemanskloof turn-off due to protest. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. (09H50) Road closure reported at the intersection of the R40 and R38 in the vicinity of Mediclinic Barberton due to ongoing protest. (09H30) Protest reported at the intersection of the R40 and R538. Taxi operators and Truck drivers have blockaded the road. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. (08H00) Demonstrations reported on Kabokweni Road in Teka Takho. Taxi operators have blockaded the road. The demonstrators are protesting due to high fuel prices and electricity tariffs. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. (06H50) Trucks have blockaded the R40/ Madiba Drive in the vicinity of the South African Revenue Services (SARS) offices. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. (06H15) Road closure reported on the N4 entrances to Matsulu, KaNyamazane, Pienaar and Ngodwana due to protests. Entrances in and around Mbombela have been blockaded. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. (02H05) Protest reported on the N4 from Plaston towards Karino. Reports indicate that a heavy motor vehicle (HMV) has barricaded the road. The demonstrators are protesting due to the increase in fuel prices. The Police have been notified regarding the situation. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes for the duration of the protest.
• EMANZANA/ BADPLAAS – 06 JUL 2022 (15H20) Protest reported on the R38 at the Barnard Street intersection in eManzana. The demonstrators are protesting due to fuel increases. The road is closed to traffic. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Police are on the scene.
• BARBERTON – 06 JUL 2022 (15H30) Protest reported at the R40 and R38 intersection outside Barberton, heading towards Matsulu. The demonstrators are barricading the road as part of the protest against fuel increases. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Police are on the scene. The situation is calm.
• HAZYVIEW – 06 JUL 2022 (15H50) Protest reported on the R536 heading towards Mkhuhlu. Taxi operators are barricading the road. The demonstrators are protesting against fuel increases. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Police are on the scene. The situation is calm.
• MARITE – 06 JUL 2022 (15H50) Protest reported on the R40 in Marite crossing to Alexandra A and Mkhuhlu. The demonstrators are protesting against fuel increases. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Police are on the scene.
• EMALAHLENI/ WITBANK – 06 JUL 2022 (16H20) UPDATE The N4 between Schonland Drive and the R544/ Walter Sisulu Drive has been reopened to traffic. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. (14H00) Protest reported on the N4 between Schonland Drive and the R544/ Walter Sisulu Drive in the Lynnville area, Emalahleni. The demonstrators are barricading the road due to fuel increases. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Police are on the scene.
• MBOMBELA/ NELSPRUIT – 06 JUL 2022 (17H00) Unrest expected in Mpumalanga on Thursday, 07 July 2022. The provincial shutdown by the transport sector is expected to continue. The demonstrators are protesting against the increase in fuel prices. Travel disruptions are expected on national roads and regional roads. The protest is likely to spread to other national areas. Police and security services are on high alert and are monitoring the situation. The public is advised to be vigilant.

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTH WEST – 06 JUL 2022
• CHRISTIANA – 06 JUL 2022 (08H30) Police have launched an investigation into the cause of the fire that immersed at a clinic and part of the City Town Hall in Christiana on Monday, 04 July 2022. The extent of the damage to the two buildings is known at this stage. No injuries were reported. The Provincial Police Spokesperson, Adele Myburgh, stated that forensic teams gathered evidence on Tuesday, 05 July 2022, to determine the cause of the fire.
• POTCHEFSTROOM – 06 JUL 2022 (09H25) UPDATE The N12 remains open for traffic flow following the ongoing protest on Sarafina Street. Motorists are advised to remain cautious when travelling on the N12 as the situation may change. (09H00) Protest reported at the intersection of the N12 and Sarafina Street. Residents from Ikageng in Extension (EXT) 11 are protesting due to water outages. The demonstrators have blockaded the road. Motorists are advised to be vigilant. Police are on the scene.

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTHERN CAPE – 06 JUL 2022
• SPRINGBOK – 06 JUL 2022 (16H10) Residents in Namaqua have raised concerns over the Northern Cape Premier’s alleged inaction on the state of the Provincial Health Department. It is alleged that ambulance services do not have the necessary equipment to assist the public and that there is only one emergency vehicle serving the Namakwa District. The Namakwa Civic Movement (NCM) has urged Premier Zamani Saul to address the situation. Meanwhile, the Democratic Nursing Organization of South Africa (DENOSA) indicated that it intends to convene a Provincial Executive Committee meeting. This follows after the Premier’s lack of response to their demands on a memorandum reportedly delivered personally to the Premier on 12 May 2022.

SOUTH AFRICA – WESTERN CAPE – 06 JUL 2022
• CAPE TOWN – 06 JUL 2022 (07H45) The City’s Water and Sanitation Directorate has announced a planned water interruption in the Tokai area on Thursday, 07 July 2022, from 08H00 until 16H00. This will allow the safe completion of construction work on the main water supply pipeline to the area and will result in the water supply disruption to the entire Tokai. The work involves cutting into the pipeline to connect the newly installed water main along Dalmore Road to the existing water supply network. This work forms part of the Water and Sanitation Directorate’s pipe replacement programme, which addresses the need for water supply network upgrades, particularly the distribution system to the consumers.
• CAPE TOWN – 06 JUL 2022 (14H40) Shooting reported on Walton Road in Lavender Hill. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes and avoid the area. Police are on the scene.

UPCOMING EVENTS – 06 JUL 2022
• GQEBERHA/ PORT ELIZABETH: Protest expected at UMhlobo Wenene FM on Thursday, 07 July 2022, by members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).
• DURBAN: Protest expected at the Durban Central Police Station on Thursday, 07 July 2022, from 08H00.
• CAMPERDOWN: The South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (Sanral) has announced that there will be rolling road closures from Tuesday, 12 July, until Thursday, 14 July 2022, due to construction work. The temporary road closures will be implemented in both directions between Umlaas Road interchange and Cato Ridge interchange.
• RUSTENBURG: The Rustenburg Local Municipality has announced a planned power interruption on Saturday, 09 July 2022, and Saturday, 16 July 2022, from 08H00 until 16H00.
• JOHANNESBURG: Protest expected on Friday, 15 July 2022, at the Chief Albert Luthuli House.
• 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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