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20220712 1900 WILLSHIR SOUTH AFRICA TIMELINE

July 12

SOUTH AFRICA – EASTERN CAPE – 12 JUL 2022
• GQEBERHA/ PORT ELIZABETH – 12 JUL 2022 (11H00) Shooting reported on Mzwandile Street in Joe Slovo, Kwadwesi, this morning, 12 July 2022, at approximately 11H00. Police Spokesperson Colonel Priscilla Naidu stated that a security vehicle with four occupants was escorting a bread delivery truck when they got blocked off in Mzwandile Street. The guards were driving in an unmarked Mazda 323 and was blocked off by a white Toyota Avanza. Two Fidelity Security Guards have been fatally shot and two others injured. The suspects stole three .38 revolvers and fled the scene. The Police have opened two cases of murder and two cases of attempted murder.
• GQEBERHA/ PORT ELIZABETH – 12 JUL 2022 (13H00) Protest reported outside the Livingstone Hospital. Members affiliated with the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (NEHAWU) are protesting due to staff shortages, no food for patients and lifts that have not been working since 2019. Members of the public are advised to be vigilant. Police have been dispatched.
• EAST LONDON – 12 JUL 2022 (14H15) Protest reported at the South African Revenue Service (SARS) office. The National Education, Health, and Allied Workers’ Union (NEHAWU) members are protesting for salary increases. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Police have been dispatched to the scene.

SOUTH AFRICA – FREE STATE – 12 JUL 2022
• VIRGINIA – 12 JUL 2022 (07H20) The Matjhabeng Municipality has announced a planned electricity interruption today, 12 July 2022, from 08H00 until 16H00. The interruption will allow Eskom to conduct annual maintenance on the electrical intake supplying the following areas, Virginia, Merriespruit, Kitty, Industrial area and Panorama. The Municipality stated that it will provide an update on the progress.

SOUTH AFRICA – GAUTENG – 12 JUL 2022
• ALBERTON – 12 JUL 2022 (12H00) UPDATE Demonstrations reported outside SARS offices by members of the Public Servants Association (PSA) and NEHAWU members. Motorists are advised to be vigilant. Police are on the scene. (06H20) Protest expected by the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (NEHAWU) today, 12 July 2022, at the South African Revenue Services (SARS) offices across the country. NEHAWU is expected to embark on a shutdown after rejecting a proposed wage increase of 1.39%. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police will be deployed to monitor the area.
• JOHANNESBURG – 12 JUL 2022 (12H50) The Standard Bank head office has closed down after a fire that broke out today, 12 July 2022. Reports indicate that the bank’s Simmonds Street complex in the Johannesburg Central Business District (CBD) caught fire in its Energy Management Centre. No injuries have been reported. The fire has been contained to the energy centre and has been extinguished. Investigations are underway to determine the cause of the fire.
• CARLETONVILLE – 12 JUL 2022 (15H45) Harmony Gold, which operates mines in South Africa and Papua New Guinea, announced that it has met its revised 2022 production guidance of up to 1.56-million ounces, and safety has also improved. No mining deaths have been reported in January 2022 and February 2022 for the first time in its more than 70-year history. However, the company reported 13 deaths during June 2022, up from 11 in the prior year. It is the fourth-highest death number in the past decade.
• SOWETO – 12 JUL 2022 (16H20) The death toll in the Soweto tavern mass shooting has risen to sixteen. The victim has passed on in hospital due to injuries. On Saturday night, 09 July 2022, a group of men armed with AK 47 assault rifles and nine-millimetre pistols entered the tavern in Orlando and started shooting sporadically. A total of 23 people were shot. No arrests have been made. However, the Police are looking for five suspects.
• TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 12 JUL 2022 (16H45) UPDATE The demonstrators marched to the Tshwane House and dispersed from the scene. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. (09H00) Protest expected by residents of Olivenhoutbosch Extension 60 today, 12 July 2022, at Tshwane House. The demonstrators are expected to gather at the corner of Prince’s Park Street and WF Nkomo Street from 10H00. The demonstrators are expected to protest to demand service delivery. The demonstrators are expected to disperse from Tshwane House from 13H30. The following streets will be affected, Bosman Street, Sophie DE Bruyn Street, Kgosi Mampuru Street, Madiba Street, Thabo Sehume Street, Lillian Ngoyi Street, and Paul Kruger Street. Tshwane Metro Police officers will be deployed to monitor the march and all affected streets. Motorists are advised to avoid affected streets and use alternative routes such as Eskia Mphahlele Drive, Boom Street, Struben Street, Francis Baard Street, Sisulu Street, and Nana Sita Street.
• SANDTON – 12 JUL 2022 (17H45) Eskom announced that stage 3 loadshedding will be implemented between 05H00 and 16H00 on Wednesday, 13 July and Thursday, 14 July 2022, as it has seen a recovery at some of its units. Stage 4 loadshedding will then be implemented on both days between 16H00 and 00H00. Eskom anticipates lower stages of loadshedding to be implemented through the weekend as some units return to service. A unit each at Arnot, Camden and Kusile power stations tripped or was taken offline for repairs since last night, while a unit each at Kusile and Kendal power stations was returned to service. Eskom stated that it currently has 3,934MW on planned maintenance, while another 14,867 megawatts (MW) of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns.

SOUTH AFRICA – KWAZULU-NATAL – 12 JUL 2022
• LADYSMITH – 12 JUL 2022 (00H40) Vehicle fire reported on the N3 Northbound approaching the Bergville Toll Plaza, Ladysmith. Reports indicate that a truck is currently on fire on the roadway. The incident is obstructing traffic flow on the N3 Northbound. The reason for the fire remains undetermined at this time. Motorists are advised to exercise caution when approaching the area. Emergency services are on the scene.
• DURBAN – 12 JUL 2022 (06H05) The Public Servants Association (PSA) has announced that its members at the South African Revenue Service (SARS) are expected to resume an indefinite national stay-away demonstration from today, 12 July 2022. The PSA’s announcement follows the parties’ failure to resolve the wage negotiations and the unions’ rejection of the employer’s 1,39% salary increase offer. The Association has called on Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana to urgently allocate additional funding for the SARS budget to allow for a salary increase that is representative of the performance of employees during the past financial year.
• CAMPERDOWN – 12 JUL 2022 (06H40) The South African National Road Agency (SANRAL) has announced that there will be several road closures on the N3 from today, 12 July 2022, until 14 July 2022. SANRAL stated that the temporary road closures will be implemented in both directions between Umlaas Road Interchange and Cato Ridge Interchange. SANRAL further noted that the closures will enable engineers to commence with the blasting of rocks that were encountered near the Camperdown Overpass bridge. The rocks need to be removed to allow the construction of the stormwater system and the pavement layers. SANRAL stated that the blasting will be carried out today, 12 July 2022, at 11H00 and on Thursday, 14 July 2022, at 11H00. SANRAL urged road users to plan their trips accordingly.
• PIETERMARITZBURG – 12 JUL 2022 (12H35) Protest reported outside the Pietermaritzburg High Court. Residents of Sobantu are protesting to demand the court to sentence Njabulo Ndlovu to the maximum sentence. Njabulo Ndlovu has been charged with the murder and sexual assault of three family members. The demonstrators have obstructed the area of the court. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police have been dispatched.
• DURBAN – 12 JUL 2022 (13H45) The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) and Asset Forfeiture Unit arrested four former employees of two multinational engineering firms awarded R2.2 billion contracts for Eskom’s Kusile power plant in 2015. The former employees of Asea Brown Boveri (ABB) and Impulse International were arrested in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal and Emalahleni, Mpumalanga. ABB was awarded the contract for Eskom’s Kusile plant in 2015, and awarded Impulse International R800 million in work. Despite the fact that Impulse failed ABB’s tests for a subcontractor. Former Eskom Head Matshela Koko allegedly guaranteed ABB R6.5 billion in future contracts if it subcontracted work on the Kusile power station to Impulse International, a company part-owned by his relative. The suspects are expected to appear in the Durban and Palm Ridge Specialised Commercial Crimes Courts today, 12 July 2022.
• MPOPHOMENI – 12 JUL 2022 (18H05) UPDATE Mandela Drive remains closed to traffic. All other roads are open in Mpophomeni. Public Order Policing (POP) are on the R617 monitoring the situation. The municipality will reconnect the electricity of the 140 affected households once a meter audit has been completed. The audit will take 6 to 8 hours. Thereafter, technicians will install the new transformer. This will take another two to four hours. The municipality will remain closed on Wednesday, 13 July 2022, for precautionary reasons. (15H00) Businesses in the Howick and Merrivale area have been advised to consider closing for the day due to the ongoing protest action. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. (11H00) Residents of Mpophomeni have threatened to block the N3 highway should uMngeni Municipality persist with its decision to conduct meter audits before repairing a damaged transformer. The residents demand to be addressed by the mayor of uMngeni, Chris Papas. (07H00) Protest reported on the R617 and Nelson Mandela Drive. 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 – LIMPOPO – 12 JUL 2022
• PIETERSBURG/POLOKWANE – 12 JUL 2022 (11H15) Protest reported outside the South African Revenue Service (SARS) offices. The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (NEHAWU) members are protesting due to their rejection of the proposed 1.39% salary increase by SARS. The demonstrators have obstructed the area. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police have been dispatched.
• MUSINA – 12 JUL 2022 (14H10) Protest reported at the South African Revenue Service (SARS) Beitbridge office. The National Education, Health, and Allied Workers’ Union (NEHAWU) members are protesting due to their rejection of the proposed 1.39% salary increase by SARS. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Police have been dispatched to the scene.

SOUTH AFRICA – MPUMALANGA – 12 JUL 2022
• KOMATIPOORT – 12 JUL 2022 (11H20) Protest reported outside the Lebombo Border Post. The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (NEHAWU) members are protesting due to their rejection of the proposed 1.39% salary increase by SARS. The demonstrators have obstructed the area. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police have been dispatched.
• WITBANK/ EMALAHLENI – 12 JUL 2022 (11H40) Protest reported outside the South African Revenue Service offices. The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (NEHAWU) members are protesting due to their rejection of the proposed 1.39% salary increase by SARS. The demonstrators have obstructed the area. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police have been dispatched.

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTH WEST – 12 JUL 2022
• POTCHEFSTROOM – 12 JUL 2022 (06H00) Deputy President David Mabuza, in his capacity as the Chairperson of the Presidential Task Team on Military Veterans, is scheduled to embark on an official follow-up visit to the Potchefstroom Army Support Base today, 12 July 2022. Mabuza is set to engage with the Provincial Government and Military Veterans Associations. During the visit, Mabuza is also expected to hold an engagement with military veterans at the Eerste Vesting Church in Potchefstroom. The Office of the Presidency Media Liaison Officer Sam Bopape has stated that the follow-up meeting is in line with Mabuza’s directive for the Presidential Task Team to provide applicable solutions to address challenges being experienced by military veterans.

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTHERN CAPE – 12 JUL 2022
• HOTAZEL – 12 JUL 2022 (06H50) Protest reported on the R31 and R380 intersection. 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.
• KIMBERLEY – 12 JUL 2022 (16H45) Minister of Mineral Resources, Gwede Mantashe, is expected to respond to a press release from a civil society. The release was signed nationally by 16 groups, with one that has a vested interest in the Northern Cape. An open letter was sent to the Minister, citing Section 34 of the Energy Regulation Act, which requires him to sign a determination before any large new power plant is constructed. The release further emphasises that renewable energy and storage will add electricity to the grid faster due to their ease of implementation.

SOUTH AFRICA – WESTERN CAPE – 12 JUL 2022
• CAPE TOWN – 12 JUL 2022 (07H55) Provincial Minister of Infrastructure Tertuis Simmers is expected to officiate the Killarney Gardens Mixed-use Development opening today, 12 July 2022, from 10H00 at the Killarney Gardens Industrial Zone. The Killarney Gardens Mixed-use Development forms part of the Western Cape Department of Human Settlements’ efforts to de-densify and relocate households that are currently located in the Atlantis rail corridor, which is impeding its functionality.
• CAPE TOWN – 12 JUL 2022 (08H20) The Chief Nuclear Officer, Riedewaan Bakardien, has reportedly tendered his resignation and will be ending his position at Eskom on 31 July 2022 to join a Canadian nuclear utility in an executive position. Keith Featherstone, a nuclear executive, will be acting in the Chief Nuclear Officer role while the recruitment process is underway. Meanwhile, the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) in Atlanta in the United States of America has selected the current acting Koeberg Power Station General Manager (PSGM), Nomawethu Mtwebana, to join as a reverse loanee for the following year.
• OUDTSHOORN – 12 JUL 2022 (14H00) Protest reported on the N12 outside Oudtshoorn in the Rosevalley area. 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. The reason for the protest is unknown at this stage.
• CAPE TOWN – 12 JUL 2022 (18H00) Protest expected at the Philippi Police Station on Wednesday, 13 July 2022, by the Philippi Horticultural Area Social Economic Development Forum (PHA SEDF). The demonstrators will gather at the Agrimark on Olieboom Street from 09H00 and march to the Philippi Police Station. The demonstrators will deliver a memorandum of demands to the City of Cape Town and the Station Commander of Philippi Police. The demonstrators are demanding improved Police services, job opportunities, improved City of Cape Town services, housing, and no farm evictions, among other reasons. Motorists are advised to be vigilant. Police will be monitoring the march.

UPCOMING EVENTS – 12 JUL 2022
• CAPE TOWN: Protest expected at the Philippi Police Station on Wednesday, 13 July 2022, by the Philippi Horticultural Area Social Economic Development Forum (PHA SEDF).
• DURBAN: The African National Congress (ANC) announced their ninth KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) conference is expected to be held on 20 July 2022 at the Olive Convention Centre.
• JOHANNESBURG: Protest expected by the Democratic Nursing Organisation South Africa (DENOSA) on Wednesday, 20 July 2022.
• TSHWANE/ PRETORIA: South Africa is expected to host an Extra-Ordinary Summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Organ Troika in Pretoria on Thursday, 21 July 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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