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20220718 1000 WILLSHIR SOUTH AFRICA TIMELINE
SOUTH AFRICA – EASTERN CAPE – 18 JUL 2022
• GQEBERHA/ PORT ELIZABETH – 18 JUL 2022 (09H40) President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to lead the International Nelson Mandela Day 2022 commemoration in Gqeberha today, 18 July 2022. The President will be joined by Minister of Water and Sanitation, Senzo Mchunu, Premier Oscar Mabuyane and the Executive Mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality, Eugene Johnson. In line with the theme of dedicating 67 minutes to conducting good deeds, Ramaphosa will embark on the Clear Rivers Campaign. Ramaphosa is also expected to lead a site inspection of the Nooitgedacht Water Treatment Works from 11H30, which is used to transfer water from the Gariep Dam and into the Metropolitan Municipality. Thereafter, they will lead a clean-up of the Swartkops River in Veeplaas.
SOUTH AFRICA – FREE STATE – 18 JUL 2022
• BLOEMFONTEIN – 18 JUL 2022 (04H45) The University of the Free State’s (UFS) council has lifted the COVID-19 regulations and vaccination policy from today, 18 July 2022. This follows after the UFS conducted a risk assessment to determine the risk of exposure to UFS staff and students. Factors that contributed to the low risk include no recorded positive cases in June 2022 and the increased number of vaccinated university students and staff. The UFS staff and students are advised that members who wish to wear masks are allowed to do so at their own discretion.
SOUTH AFRICA – GAUTENG – 18 JUL 2022
• SANDTON – 17 JUL 2022 (22H55) The Automobile Association (AA) has announced an expected decrease in fuel prices for August 2022. This follows due to unaudited mid-month data from the Central Energy Fund (CEF). Additionally, AA noted that the adjustment is set to follow due to the decrease in international petroleum prices. The fuel prices are expected to decrease the price of 95 Unleaded Petrol (ULP) by 90c a litre (c/l), 93ULP by R1.07/l, diesel by 91c/l and Illuminating paraffin by 94c/l. The adjustment followed after the Energy Department increased the price of 95ULP by R2.37/l, 93ULP by R2.57/l, diesel by R2.30/l and R2.31/l, and Illuminating paraffin by R1.66. The public is advised that the price adjustment may be altered over the two weeks ahead of the August 2022 fuel price adjustment.
• JOHANNESBURG – 18 JUL 2022 (00H20) Protest expected by South African National Civic Organization (SANCO) members on 22 July 2022. The members will be gathering at the Beyer Naude Square at 11H30. Further, the members will march to the Gauteng Premier’s Office. The members are holding the march to protest the relationship between residents and Eskom, in addition to the implementation of loadshedding. The members will be requesting that electricity be restored in various areas of Gauteng, the accommodation of poor households, the construction of additional power stations in communities and others. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes during the demonstrations.
• SANDTON – 18 JUL 2022 (04H55) The state-owned development institute for non-energy sector exports Russian Export Centre (REC) group, is expected to host a two-day meeting on Wednesday, 20 July 2022 and Thursday, 21 July 2022, at the Sandton Holiday Inn. REC is expected to bring representatives of 10 Russian companies to offer financial and non-financial support. Additionally, REC has invited Business Unity SA (Busa) to participate in meetings. Although, Busa representatives have not accepted the invitation. The focus of support will be on engineering and agricultural mechanisation. The Ukrainian Ambassador to South Africa, Liubov Abravitova, noted that her staff will analyse the event. Dzvinka Kachur from the Ukrainian Association of South Africa has contacted the Holiday Inn global management to notify them of the intended meeting at the Sandton Hotel. This follows after the Intercontinental Hotel Group announced their stance against the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Ukrainian Association of South Africa members is expected to hold a protest outside the venue.
• SPRINGS – 18 JUL 2022 (07H25) Protest reported on the corner of Vlakfontein Road and Majola Street in the vicinity of KwaThema Dudula Taxi Rank. The demonstrators have blockaded the road. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police have been dispatched.
SOUTH AFRICA – KWAZULU-NATAL – 18 JUL 2022
• LIDGETTON – 17 JUL 2022 (20H20) Protest reported by community members on the R103 Lidgetton area, between Howick and Nottingham road. The members are expected to protest due to the area’s poor service delivery. Reports indicate that the members are barricading the roads with burning tyres and debris. The South African Police Services (SAPS) have been notified of the incident. Additionally, Ballid Security officers have been deployed to the area. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes.
• DURBAN – 18 JUL 2022 (06H00) Protest expected at King Dinizulu Park today, 18 July 2022, from 08H00 by the Family Unity movement. The demonstrators will be protesting to demand the resignation of President Cyril Ramaphosa as the President of the country and the President of the African National Congress (ANC) party, among other reasons. Motorists are advised to be vigilant. Police will be monitoring the situation.
SOUTH AFRICA – LIMPOPO – 18 JUL 2022
• MOKOPANE/POTGIETERSRUG – 18 JUL 2022 (00H35) Protest expected by youth members from Rooibokfontein village today, 18 July 2022. The members will march from the village and arrive at the South Concentrator entrance between 09H00 and 10H30 to deliver their Memorandum of Demands (MoD). Their demands will focus on employment, employment, supply chain, training & skills development, resettlement legacy issues and compensation, among others. The public is advised to remain vigilant as the situation may become volatile.
• PIETERSBURG/ POLOKWANE – 18 JUL 2022 (09H25) Police have announced that the R37 route in the vicinity of Anglo-American Polokwane Smelter has been reopened for traffic flow following a protest today, 18 July 2022. Members of the Seshego Taxi Association blockaded the road to demand Anglo-American Polokwane Smelter Management to address their grievances concerning contracting their members to transport staff members around Polokwane. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. Police are monitoring the area.
SOUTH AFRICA – MPUMALANGA – 18 JUL 2022
• STANDERTON – 17 JUL 2022 (22H30) Eskom is expected to suspend load shedding from 18 July 2022. The announcement had been made following a closed meeting between President Cyril Ramaphosa and Andre Marinus de Ruyter on Saturday, 16 July 2022. The members held the meeting after a working visit by President Ramaphosa, joined with de Ruyter at the Tutuka Eskom Power Station. Following the meeting, de Ruyter announced the expected return of several units to the National grid. The Koeberg 2 Power Station, with a 920 megawatts power generation, will be included in the units to be reinstated to the National grid.
• WITBANK/ EMALAHLENI – 18 JUL 2022 (06H25) UPDATE Demonstrations reported on Schonland Drive. The demonstrators have blockaded all roads leading to Samancor Ferro Metals, Sterling Engineering, and Afrigrit with burning tyres and debris. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. (04H55) Protest expected by ECUFE members today, 18 July 2022, from 05H00 at the Ferrobank Mine. The demonstrators are expected to gather at Engen Ferrobank Motors and march to the mine. The demonstrators are expected to protest to demand the mine to employ local residents. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police will be deployed to monitor the area.A
SOUTH AFRICA – NORTH WEST – 18 JUL 2022
• CHRISTIANA – 18 JUL 2022 (04H25) The Lekwa-Teemane local municipalities Freedom Front Plus (VF), which compromises Bloemhof and Christiana, is expected to propose a motion of no confidence against the Municipal Mayor, Sebang Motlhabi. This follows due to the mayor renting an expensive German-made vehicle for official use. The VF noted that the Lekwa-Teemane municipality operates with an unfunded budget of about R350 million. Further, the Major allegedly used R131,000 for the past two months to rent the vehicle. Additionally, a businessman, Jan Du Plessis, noted that shops are closing due to the issues of sewerage spills.
• LICHTENBURG – 18 JUL 2022 (08H40) UPDATE Road closure reported on Nelson Mandela Drive due to ongoing protest. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. (07H55) Protest reported outside the Ditsobotla Local Municipality offices. The demonstrators have blockaded the area. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police are on the scene.
SOUTH AFRICA – NORTHERN CAPE – 18 JUL 2022
• KIMBERLEY – 18 JUL 2022 (07H05) Protest expected by members affiliated with the Congress of the South African Trade Union (COSATU) on Friday, 29 July 2022, at the Office of the Premier. COSATU members are expected to protest to highlight the poor working conditions of workers in the province, which includes concerns over a shortage of staff, working hours and contract workers that need to be appointed permanently. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police will be deployed to monitor the area.
SOUTH AFRICA – WESTERN CAPE – 18 JUL 2022
• CAPE TOWN – 18 JUL 2022 (06H10) The community of Khayelitsha is expected to engage Ministers in the Security Cluster, senior management of the South African Police Service (SAPS), officials from the Department of Community Safety and the City of Cape Town today, 18 July 2022, from 10H00 at the Desmond Tutu Community Hall. The community will engage with the officials on the work done by the national departments and provincial governments to address their crime concerns. Police Minister General Bheki Cele, Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi and Minister in the Presidency Mondli Ngungubele will also provide cross-sectoral and cross-departmental solutions emanating from the Khayelitsha Response Summit. The community engagement is a response to high incidents of contact crimes reported in the Khayelitsha township, most recently the multiple shootings that have claimed the lives of eleven people over the weekend.
• CAPE TOWN – 18 JUL 2022 (07H30) Protest reported on Christopher Starke Street. The demonstrators have obstructed the road with burning tyres and debris. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police have been dispatched.
UPCOMING EVENTS – 18 JUL 2022
• BLOEMFONTEIN: The Stop Farm Murders movement led by Petrus Phakamile Sitho is expected to open a case against President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Bloemfontein High Court on 19 July 2022 from 08H00.
• ENTOKOZWENI: Protest expected at Machadodorp Toll Plaza on the N4 between eNtokozweni and Emgwenya on Tuesday, 19 July 2022, from 11H00 by the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU).
• SANDTON: ) The state-owned development institute for non-energy sector exports Russian Export Centre (REC) group is expected to host a two-day meeting on Wednesday, 20 July 2022 and Thursday, 21 July 2022, at the Sandton Holiday Inn.
• 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.
• KIMBERLEY: The Sol Plaatje Municipality has announced a planned water interruption in Kimberly and surrounding areas on Thursday, 21 July 2022, from 06H00 until 18H00.
• BELA BELA: The African National Congress (ANC) Regional Task Team (RTT) in the Waterberg Region is expected to convene the Regional Conference from Friday, 22 July 2022, until Sunday, 24 July 2022, at the Aventura Resort in Bela-Bela.
• JOHANNESBURG: Protest expected by South African National Civic Organization (SANCO) members on 22 July 2022.
• BLOEMHOF: The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in the Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati region is expected to hold the EFF 9th Year Anniversary Celebration on Sunday, 24 July 2022 from 10H00 at the Boitumelong Stadium.
• 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.
• CAPE TOWN – 14 JUL 2022 (08H50) Peaceful protest expected by members of the Krotoa Foundation Movement at the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture on Tuesday, 09 August 2022.
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