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20220718 1900 WILLSHIR SOUTH AFRICA TIMELINE

July 18

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.
• KOMGA – 18 JUL 2022 (12H50) Protest reported on the R63 towards King Williams Town. The demonstrators have blocked the road. Stone throwing has been reported. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police have been dispatched.

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.
• BLOEMFONTEIN – 18 JUL 2022 (15H20) Employees of a subcontractor that is reconstructing Vereeniging Drive have raised concerns due to the non-payment of salaries since April 2022. The employees have been threatening the subcontractor. The subcontractor has allegedly not received payment from the contractor since February 2022. It is further alleged that some of the main contractors have unpaid invoices dating back to August 2021. An enquiry has been sent to the Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality about the allegations of not paying contractors.
• KESTELL – 18 JUL 2022 (16H45) UPDATE The case of the two suspects arrested for the Lismor farm murders outside Kestell has been postponed to Wednesday, 20 July 2022. This case was postponed to allow the suspects time to get legal representation for their bail hearing, as they had no legal representation in court today. The suspects are facing 12 charges which include seven counts of murder, two counts of sexual assault, one count of robbery with aggravating circumstances, one count of housebreaking with the intention to steal and theft, and one count of the illegal possession of a firearm. (15H00) Community members of Kestell held a peaceful protest outside the Kestell Magistrate Court today, 18 July 2022. Two suspects appeared in court for the murder of seven people on Friday, 15 July 2022. The community are demanding justice for the victims. The Police have arrested the suspects in Bohlokong. The suspects were found in possession of a shotgun and pellet gun.

SOUTH AFRICA – GAUTENG – 18 JUL 2022
• 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.
• CENTURION – 18 JUL 2022 (11H10) Protest reported on Aster Avenue in the vicinity of the South African Revenue Service (SARS) offices. Employees are protesting to demand a 12% wage increase. The demonstrators have blockaded the road. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police have been dispatched.
• TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 18 JUL 2022 (11H40) Protest reported outside the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy. The demonstrators are protesting to demand the resignation of Minister Gwede Mantashe. The demonstrators blockaded the area. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police have been dispatched.
• HEIDELBERG – 18 JUL 2022 (14H00) Members of a national multi-disciplinary team targeting illegal mining have arrested 97 people and a farm owner in Heidelberg. Police Spokesperson, Athlenda Mathe, stated that the team held an intelligence-driven operation on the farm where the illegal miners were operating from. The Police seized mining equipment, implements, three unlicensed firearms and 570 rounds of ammunition. The suspects are Lesotho nationals, and the majority were in the country illegally. All the arrested suspects are expected to appear before the Heidelberg Magistrate’s Court soon.
• ALEXANDRA – 18 JUL 2022 (16H00) The eight suspects arrested in connection with the Alexandra murders and robberies appeared briefly in the Alexandra Magistrates Court today, 18 July 2022. The state has opposed bail. The case has been postponed to Monday, 25 July 2022. All suspects remained in custody. Residents have been protesting outside the court during the proceedings.
• JOHANNESBURG – 18 JUL 2022 (17H15) Eskom is pursuing the City of Matlosana Local Municipality’s bank accounts as the Municipality owes the power utility over R800 million. The Johannesburg High Court has ruled that Eskom can attach the bank accounts of the Municipality after the Municipality reneged on previous undertakings and ignored two court orders directing it to settle unpaid electricity bills. Acting Judge Grace Goedhart stated that Eskom was bound by the Public Finance Management Act to take effective and appropriate steps to collect all revenue. A settlement agreement detailing what had to be paid and when, in terms of both the current and arrears account, was made in August 2020. The Municipality reneged on the deal.
• GARTHDALE – 18 JUL 2022 (18H00) Cash in transit (CIT) robbery reported on the R550 between Vereeniging Road/ M61 and King Mohlala Road in the Garthdale AH area. Armed suspects are attempting to rob a Fidelity armoured vehicle. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes and avoid the area. Police have been dispatched to the scene.

SOUTH AFRICA – KWAZULU-NATAL – 18 JUL 2022
• DURBAN – 18 JUL 2022 (10H25) The African National Congress (ANC) in the province is expected to hold its 9th Provincial Conference from Friday, 22 July 2022, until Sunday, 24 July 2022. The Provincial Conference is expected to be held at the Olive Convention Centre.
• DURBAN – 18 JUL 2022 (12H10) UPDATE The demonstrators are marching on West Street towards Field Street. Motorists are advised to be vigilant. Police are on the scene. (11H50) Demonstrators have started gathering at the King Dinizulu Par ahead of the march. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. (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.
• DURBAN – 18 JUL 2022 (15H45) Road closure reported on the N3 at the Cliffdale off-ramp heading towards Pietermaritzburg. The road is closed for the clean-up of an oil spill. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Heavy traffic backlog is reported.

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
• 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.
• ACORNHOEK – 18 JUL 2022 (12H35) Protest reported on the R40 towards Bushbuckridge. The demonstrators have blockaded the road with a heavy motor vehicle. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police have been dispatched.
• BETHAL – 18 JUL 2022 (13H20) UPDATE The demonstrators have handed their memorandum of demands to Eskom’s Representative. The demonstrators have given the Municipality and Eskom seven days to respond to their grievances. (11H55) The demonstrators have handed over their memorandum of demands to Executive Mayor Nhlakanipho Zuma and will proceed to march to Eskom offices. (11H25) Protest reported on Chris Hani Street. Residents of Bethal, Emzinoni and Milan Park are marching to the Govan Mbeki Municipality offices and Eskom offices to deliver a memorandum of demands on lack of service delivery, poor road infrastructure and electricity. The demonstrators have blockaded the road. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police are on the scene.

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.
• KLERKSDORP – 18 JUL 2022 (15H40) Former Municipal Manager, Roger Nkhumise, is facing charges of contravening municipal legislation at the Moretele Municipality. Nkhumise is accused of allegedly irregularly awarding a multimillion-rand Information Technology (IT) tender worth R215 million in 2016. The IT company was allegedly appointed without a competitive bidding process. Following the appointment of the IT company at Moretele, the contract was extended, thus deviating from the prescripts of legislation governing the municipality’s tender system. The matter was postponed to 17 August 2022.
• LICHTENBURG – 18 JUL 2022 (17H00) UPDATE The demonstrators have dispersed, and calm has been restored at the Ditsobotla Local Municipality offices. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. The demonstrators have fired shots and set alight a security vehicle today. Police are monitoring the situation. (13H45) One person has been shot and injured in the clashes. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. (12H30) Members of the public are advised to avoid the Ditsobotla Local Municipality offices following ongoing clashes between two security companies and employees at the Municipality. Reports indicate that the conflict erupted between two security companies due to the appointment of the new security company at the Municipality. Police are on the scene and are monitoring the situation. (08H40) 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.
• CAPE TOWN – 18 JUL 2022 (10H30) Protest reported at the corner of Blaauwberg Road/ M14 and Pentz Drive. 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.
• CAPE TOWN – 18 JUL 2022 (16H15) UPDATE Road closures reported on the M12/ Stellenbosch Arterial Road at the Kuilsriver Road and Nooiensfontein Road intersections between Belhar and Blue Downs. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. (15H10) Protest reported on the M12/ Stellenbosch Arterial Road and R300 in the vicinity of Blue Downs. Demonstrators are burning tyres. Motorists are advised to be vigilant. Police have been dispatched to the scene.
• CAPE TOWN – 18 JUL 2022 (16H30) The South African Society of Bank Officials (SASBO), the finance union, sent a letter to Old Mutual on 12 July 2022, demanding the reinstatement of members dismissed for not complying with its COVID-19 vaccine mandate. SASBO represents about 73,000 members. SASBO has received an email from the Old Mutual Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Iain Williamson, three days later acknowledging receipt of its demands. The finance union has recently succeeded in compelling Standard Bank to rehire at least 40 SASBO members dismissed for noncompliance with its mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy.

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.
• DURBAN: The African National Congress (ANC) in the province is expected to hold its 9th Provincial Conference from Friday, 22 July 2022, until Sunday, 24 July 2022.
• 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: 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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