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20220727 1000 WILLSHIR SOUTH AFRICA TIMELINE

July 27

SOUTH AFRICA – EASTERN CAPE – 27 JUL 2022

  • MATATIELE – 26 JUL 2022 (19H00) Contractors held a protest at the Matatiele Local Municipality offices today, 26 July 2022. According to Municipal Spokesperson Luncedo Walaza the men forced themselves into one of the municipal boardrooms wielding assault rifles and demanding to see the management. This follows after advertised tenders have been closed and bid documents have been opened on Monday, 25 July 2022. Two groups of contractors are disputing the matter. Municipal Manager Lizo Matiwane stated that he would attend to the matter.
  • GQEBERHA/ PORT ELIZABETH – 27 JUL 2022 (06H50) Protest reported by the Kleinskool community on old Uitenhage road. The members are expected to protest due to the area’s poor service delivery. Reports indicate that the protestors have barricaded the roads with burning tyres and debris. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – FREE STATE – 27 JUL 2022

  • BLOEMFONTEIN – 27 JUL 2022 (06H35) The Bloemfontein Magistrates Court has convicted Mpho Godfrey Selesho of defrauding the State of approximately R2 million. Selesho has been convicted of crimes that had been committed between 2014 and 2016 as a clerk at the South African Police Services (SAPS) provincial headquarters, Bloemfontein. The Court has provided Selesho with an eight-year imprisonment sentence for fraud. Additionally, Selesho has been ordered to pay back R2.4 million to the State, R500,000 immediately, with R53,000 monthly instalments from 01 August 2022.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – GAUTENG – 27 JUL 2022

  • JOHANNESBURG – 26 JUL 2022 (19H10) The African National Congress (ANC) has proposed a complete overhaul of the immigration system and has come up with measures to tighten the country’s immigration laws. The party has suggested that an Immigration Board and Special Immigration Courts be established. The ANC National Executive Council (NEC) member Aaron Motsoaledi presented the discussion documents on peace and stability with a focus on immigration today, 26 July 2022, to the media as the party prepares for its policy conference that will take place from Friday, 29 July until Sunday, 31 July 2022.
  • SOWETO – 26 JUL 2022 (19H30) Nhlanhla Lux Dlamini has distanced himself from the Operation Dudula movement over a difference of opinion on foreign nationals in South Africa. Dlamini will now focus on his activities with Soweto Parliament and its programmes. The difference of opinion stems from Operation Dudula wanting all foreigners to leave South Africa, while Soweto Parliament only wants illegal foreigners out. The two organisations have resolved to deal with these issues independently, however, in a complementary manner.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – KWAZULU-NATAL – 27 JUL 2022

  • DURBAN – 27 JUL 2022 (03H20) Eskom announced the implementation of load reduction in several areas of KwaZulu Natal today, 27 July 2022, from 05H00 until 09H00. Eskom stated that the areas affected include Abaqulusi, Nqutu, Dannhauser, Emadlangeni, Newcastle, Impendile, uMgeni, Ladysmith, Indaka, Msinga, Msunduzi, Maphumulo, Ndwedwe, uMlathuze and uMshwathi. Eskom stated that the load reduction will be implemented during peak hours to prevent network overloading that can damage mini-substations in the areas.
  • DURBAN – 27 JUL 2022 (07H35) UPDATE Police are on the scene and are attempting to disperse the crowd. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. (05H40) Protest reported at the intersection of Quarry Road and O’Flaherty Road. Reports indicate that demonstrators are barricading the road with burning tyres and debris. The reason for the protest remains unknown. Motorists are advised to avoid the area for the duration of the protest.
  • BALLITO – 27 JUL 2022 (08H10) Armed clashes reported on the N2 highway near King Shaka Airport. The incident occurred after six suspects allegedly fled a robbery incident, from Empangeni, in two vehicles. The clashes commenced as a private security company intercepted the getaway vehicles. Three suspects have been injured in the first vehicle, and three have been fatally injured in the second vehicle. Emergency services have been deployed to the area. Motorists are advised to drive cautiously due to the ongoing investigations of the scene.
  • KIMBERLEY – 27 JUL 2022 (09H40) Water outage reported in the Kimberley area. The disruption is set to follow due to the waterworks team repairing a water leak. The areas affected include areas that receive water from the Newton Reservoir. No time has been provided as to when the water will return. Residents are advised that relevant updates will be issued as the situation progresses.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – LIMPOPO – 27 JUL 2022

  • POLOKWANE/ PIETERSBURG – 26 JUL 2022 (08H00) The Democratic Alliance’s (DA’s) portfolio member for Water and Sanitation at the Polokwane Local Municipality, Johan Retters has reported the untreated wastewater that is flowing from the Seshego Wastewater Plant in Blood River to the South African Human Rights Commission today, 26 July 2022. The malfunctioning treatment plant releases millions of litres of insufficiently treated wastewater daily into the Blood River that connects to the Sand River. Retters stated that this is a health risk to people and animals, and causes harm to the environment.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – MPUMALANGA – 27 JUL 2022

  • MBOMBELA – 26 JUL 2022 (23H05) Eskom announced the implementation of load reduction in Mpumalanga Districts tomorrow, 27 July 2022. Eskom stated that the districts that will be affected include eHlanzeni and Nkangala, which will be affected from 05H00 until 07H00 and in the evening from 17H00 until 19H00 to prevent network overloading, which can cause damage to the mini-substations in the district.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTH WEST – 27 JUL 2022

  • MAHIKENG – 27 JUL 2022 (08H20) The former Municipal Manager for Mahikengs Local Municipality, Thabo Mokoenas, Court hearing has been postponed until 06 September 2022 at the Molopo Regional Court. Mokoena is facing charges of contravening the Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA) and the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act. The charges followed due to the R92 million Mahikeng Municipality investment in the VBS Mutual Bank from August 2017 to December 2017. Additionally, Mokoena is alleged to have received credit facilities to purchase vehicles and a house for approximately R1.2 million. The Courts have extended Mokoena’s R50,000 bail application to his next Court appearance.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTHERN CAPE – 27 JUL 2022

  • KENHARDT – 26 JUL 2022 (19H45) The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has announced its plans to fund an upcoming hybrid solar photovoltaic (PV) and battery storage facility in the Northern Cape, which is expected to be one of the world’s largest projects of this nature. The IDC is participating in the project through its funding support to a black economic empowerment group called H1 to acquire a 49% equity in this venture, alongside Norwegian renewable energy manufacturer Scatec. The facility will comprise 540 megawatts (MW) of solar PV capacity and 1 140 MWh of battery storage. It will supply 150 MW of dispatchable power to the grid, as per a 20-year power purchase agreement that has been signed with Eskom. In terms of scale, the plant will be 10 kilometres (km) wide from side to side, making it the largest of its kind in sub-Saharan Africa, incorporating two-million solar PV modules. The companies expect 2,000 jobs to be created during the construction period of the project, which will take just over a year.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – WESTERN CAPE – 27 JUL 2022

  • SIR LOWRY – 26 JUL 2022 (21H45) Protest expected by community members of the Sir Lowry’s Pass town tomorrow, 27 July 2022, at 04H00. Reports indicate that community members intend to demonstrate by demanding outside interference to assure the local municipality attends to their grievances raised. Motorists are advised to avoid the area as possible road closures are expected at the main entry points of the town.
  • CAPE TOWN – 27 JUL 2022 (05H35) Protest reported on the M12 in the vicinity of Belhar Fire Station, Cape Town. Reports indicate that demonstrators are barricading the road with burning tyres and debris. The reason for the protest remains unknown. Motorists are advised to avoid the area for the duration of the protest.
  • CAPE TOWN – 27 JUL 2022 (06H35) Protest reported on the N2 Outbound at Sir Lowrys Pass Road. Reports indicate that community members have blockaded the N2 with burning tyres and debris. This comes as the community is protesting over the lack of service delivery-related matters. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Related authorities are on the scene.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS – 27 JUL 2022

  • THOHOYANDOU: Protest expected by members of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) in Limpopo at the Thohoyandou Magistrate court on Wednesday, 27 July 2022, from 09H00.
  • RICHARDS BAY: The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is expected to hold a ceremony at the Richards Bay High School on Wednesday, 27 July 2022, from 09H00.
  • KIMBERLEY: Protest expected by members of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) in the Northern Cape on Friday, 29 July 2022, at the Office of the Premier in Kimberley.
  • 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: Protest expected in the City Centre of Cape Town on Thursday, 04 August 2022.
  • POLOKWANE/ PIETERSBURG: Protest expected on Friday, 05 August 2022, by the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) in Polokwane.
  • SANDTON: Stay-away demonstration expected by E-Hailing operators in Gauteng on Monday, 08 August 2022.
  • 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.
  • JOHANNESBURG: Former President Jacob Zuma is expected to appear at the Constitutional Court of South Africa on Tuesday, 23 August 2022, at 10H00.

 

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