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20220802 1000 WILLSHIR SOUTH AFRICA TIMELINE

August 2

SOUTH AFRICA – EASTERN CAPE – 02 AUG 2022

  • GQEBERHA/ PORT ELIZABETH – 01 AUG 2022 (22H40) UPDATE Demonstrations are ongoing on Addo Road approaching Monument Crossing in the vicinity of Motherwell, Port Elizabeth. Community members are barricading the road with burning tyres and debris. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. (17H00) Protest reported on Addo Road at the Markman crossing in the vicinity of Motherwell. Residents from the Nomakanjani informal settlements have barricaded the road. Previously, community members held a violent protest against the lack of electricity supply. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes and avoid the area. Police have been dispatched to the scene.
  • GQEBERHA/ PORT ELIZABETH – 01 AUG 2022 (22H50) UPDATE Rocklands Road has been reopened to motorists. This follows after demonstrators have dispersed from the area. However, motorists are advised to remain vigilant when travelling in the area as the situation remains unstable. (19H20) Protest reported on Rocklands Road and the R344 in the vicinity of KwaNobuhle. The community is protesting due to poor service delivery. The demonstrators have barricaded the road with burning tyres and debris. The demonstrators are throwing stones at passing vehicles. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Police are monitoring the situation.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – FREE STATE – 02 AUG 2022

  • BLOEMFONTEIN – 02 AUG 2022 (09H20) The South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL) announced that they will implement stop-and-go closures on the N1 between Orange river and Driekuil from today, 02 August 2022, until 13 December 2022. SANRAL stated that the stop-and-go closure is to allow contractors to conduct needed maintenance work on the road.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – GAUTENG – 02 AUG 2022

  • JOHANNESBURG – 01 AUG 2022 (19H10) The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) held a meeting with employers in the motor sector, including the Retail Motor Industries (RMI) and the Fuel Retail Association (FRA), for wage negotiations under the auspices of the Motor Industries Bargaining Council (MIBCO). NUMSA is demanding a 1-year agreement and a 12% across-the-board wage increase. NUMSA has had three rounds of wage negotiations in the sector since 23 March 2022. However, with every engagement, the employer has not tabled an offer. The agreement expires on 30 August 2022. NUMSA is expected to meet with the employer on Tuesday, 02 August and Wednesday, 03 August 2022, under the auspices of the Dispute Resolution Committee of MIBCOM with the view of breaking the deadlock. NUMSA is threatening to hold a national strike if an agreement is not reached.
  • TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 01 AUG 2022 (22H00) National Police Commissioner Lieutenant-General Fannie Masemola has briefed the media on the status of ongoing investigations by law enforcement into the recent shootings at various liquor outlets in the country. Masemola has stated that investigations have confirmed that there are no connections between the different tavern shootings. The motives of the shootings are suspected to be narcotic related or extortion. The Commissioner has further noted that, with the analysis of the emerging crime pattern, provincial Police Commissioners are mobilising maximum resources toward preventing such incidents and apprehending perpetrators.
  • TEMBISA – 01 AUG 2022 (22H00) UPDATE Looting reported at several shops located in Tembisa’s Ehlanzeni and Vusimuzi Sections. Police officers are deployed in the affected area. Motorists are advised to avoid the area as the situation remains volatile. This follows despite Ekurhuleni Executive Mayor Tania Campbell’s recently announced plans to address the community on Friday, 05 August 2022, at the Mehlareng Stadium. Protestors have vowed to continue the ongoing shutdown of the area throughout Tuesday, 02 August 2022. (21H40) Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department (EMPD) Spokesperson Marie Mashishi has confirmed that two people have died after attempting to bomb an automatic teller machine (ATM). The two people sustained fatal injuries during a gas explosion. This follows amid the ongoing protest action by Tembisa residents. The security situation in Tembisa and surrounding areas remain volatile. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. (19H45) Police confirm that four Thembisa residents have been killed during the ongoing protests. Residents are continuing to protest against poor service delivery related to electricity supply. Roads that are affected include Andrew Maphetho Drive/ M18, Hospital View Road, Industry Road, Old Pretoria Road/ M57, Oakmoor East Taxi Rank, and Sethokga. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. A heightened Police presence is reported on the scene.
  • TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 01 AUG 2022 (23H00) Minister in the Presidency, Mondli Gungubele, has announced that the Government is expediting efforts to improve the performance and functionality of Eskom’s power stations and add additional generation capacity to the national grid in order to ensure energy security. Gungubele made the announcement during a media briefing by several Ministers under the National Energy Crisis Committee (NECOM). NECOM comprises Eskom and relevant Government Departments, established to report to an inter-ministerial committee chaired by President Cyril Ramaphosa. The Committee includes Minister Gungubele, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan, Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana, and Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel, among others. During the briefing, Gungubele noted that the Government is proactively addressing the energy concerns. The Minister has stated that the Government has initiated various efforts to address energy shortages, including changes to the Regulations on New Generation Capacity to allow Municipalities to procure power independently and the revival of the renewable energy procurement programme, enabling 2,205 megawatts (mW) from Bid Window 4 to proceed to construction. An additional 6,800 mW of solar photovoltaic (PV) and wind power is being procured in terms of the current Ministerial determination. This additional generation capacity is set to be connected to the grid from 2023. The previous increase of the licensing threshold for power generations from 1 mW to 100 mW has also resulted in more than 80 confirmed private sector projects under development with a combined capacity of over 6,000 mW. Eskom has also established an independent transmission company and is set to separate its generation and distribution businesses by the end of 2022. These actions will be led by five interventions announced by President Ramaphosa, which include reforming Eskom’s infrastructure, accelerating private investment in generation capacity, expediting procurement of renewable sources, enabling businesses to invest in rooftop solar and rehabilitating the electricity sector to achieve long-term energy security. NECOM has commenced engagements to ensure that the actions are implemented timeously. Minister Ebrahim Patel has also stated that local content requirements for solar projects are being temporarily relaxed until the country recovers from the electricity crisis. Therefore, under Bid Window 5, bidders only need to obtain 35% of their solar cells from local supplies, compared to the previous 100% requirement. Additionally, eight working streams have been established to ensure coordination across Government, and discussions are underway with the private sector and other social partners to ensure that the best available expertise in the country is contributed to these efforts.
  • TEMBISA – 02 AUG 2022 (04H30) Motorists are advised to exercise vigilance when travelling on the R21 in the vicinity of Olifantsfontein approaching the R562 bridge. This follows reports of stone-throwing and debris placed on the roadway by community members. Tembisa residents are expected to continue demonstrations in the area throughout today, 02 August 2022, to protest against poor service delivery related to electricity issues. Police are maintaining a heightened presence in the area in an attempt to restore public order. However, motorists are advised to avoid the Tembisa area due to the current unstable security situation.
  • SOWETO – 02 AUG 2022 (08H05) Road closure reported between Kumalo Road and Martha Louw Street. The closure is due to a crime scene at Zaphania Mothopeng Street. Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) officials are currently on the scene. Motorists are being diverted through Orlando East Mooki Street and Orlando West.
  • TEMBISA – 02 AUG 2022 (08H45) Ekurhuleni Executive Mayor Tania Campbell announced a community meeting at the Mehlareng Stadium on Friday, 05 August 2022. Campbell stated that during the meeting, she will discuss grievances raised by the residents and elaborate on how to improve them.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – KWAZULU-NATAL – 02 AUG 2022

  • UMHLANGA – 01 AUG 2022 (20H10) Protest reported on Flag Farm Road at Shark’s Board Conference Centre in Umhlanga. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes and avoid the area. Police have been dispatched to the scene.
  • EMPANGENI – 01 AUG 2022 (22H00) The National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (NEHAWU) KwaZulu-Natal is scheduled to launch a public health service delivery campaign at the Ngwelezane Tertiary Hospital in Empangeni from 13H00 on Friday, 05 August 2022. The campaign aims to address vacant positions, infrastructure challenges, inadequate equipment, health and safety concerns, security issues, insourcing of all outsourced services, and the implementation of the National Health Insurance (NHI).
  • PIETERMARITZBURG – 01 AUG 2022 (22H00) The National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (NEHAWU) KwaZulu-Natal is scheduled to launch a public health service delivery campaign at the Harry Gwala Regional Hospital in Pietermaritzburg at 13H00 on Friday, 05 August 2022. The campaign aims to address vacant positions, infrastructure challenges, inadequate equipment, health and safety concerns, security issues, insourcing of all outsourced services, and the National Health Insurance (NHI) implementation.
  • LADYSMITH – 01 AUG 2022 (22H00) The National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (NEHAWU) KwaZulu-Natal has announced plans to launch a public health service delivery campaign at the Ladysmith Regional Hospital on Malcolm Road at 13H00 on Friday, 05 August 2022. The campaign aims to address vacant positions, infrastructure challenges, inadequate equipment, health and safety concerns, security issues, insourcing of all outsourced services, and the National Health Insurance (NHI) implementation.
  • DURBAN – 01 AUG 2022 (22H00) The National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (NEHAWU) KwaZulu-Natal is expected to launch a public health service delivery campaign at the Phoenix Mortuary in Durban at 12H00 on Friday, 05 August 2022. The campaign aims to address vacant positions, infrastructure challenges, inadequate equipment, health and safety concerns, security issues, insourcing of all outsourced services, and implementation of the National Health Insurance (NHI).
  • RICHARDS BAY – 01 AUG 2022 (22H20) UPDATE City of Umhlathuze authorities have confirmed the successful restoration of power supply affecting Port of Richards Bay operations. The City has stated that operations have since resumed as per usual at the Port. (08H50) The Richards Bay Port Management announced that traffic officials have blocked the Hillside entrance due to no electricity at the Port due to a power failure last night, 31 July 2022. The Management, therefore, advises people using the Port to use the East Gate entrance as the Municipality is attending to the power failure experienced at the Hillside entrance.
  • COLENSO – 02 AUG 2022 (06H05) Protest reported on the R103 between Colenso and Estcourt. The demonstrators are barricading the road with burning tyres and debris. Previous demonstrations are related to poor service delivery. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Police are monitoring the situation.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – LIMPOPO – 02 AUG 2022

  • SASELAMANI – 02 AUG 2022 (08H20) The African National Congress (ANC) Vhembe Regional Secretary, Rudzani Ludere, announced that the funeral service for the late Mayor Moses Maluleke is expected to be held at the Saselamani Stadium today at 10H00. Motorists are advised to plan their routes accordingly to avoid the area as traffic delays are expected.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – MPUMALANGA – 02 AUG 2022

  • ERMELO – 01 AUG 2022 (19H55) Protest reported on the N2 in Acacia outside Ermelo heading towards Piet Retief. Community members have been burning tyres. The burning tyres are removed from the roadway. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Police are on the scene.
  • ERMELO – 02 AUG 2022 (06H40) The Executive Mayor of the Gert Sibande District Municipality, Walter Mngomezulu, announced that the Mayoral Imbizo is expected to take place on 05 August 2022 from 11H00 at the Kwadela Sports Ground. Mngomezulu urges the community of the Municipality to participate in the Imbizo to raise their concerns in improving service delivery in the area.
  • WITBANK – 02 AUG 2022 (06H50) Protest expected at the Emalahleni Municipal Buildings on 03 August from 09H00 by community members from the area. Reports indicate that the community will impose a shutdown of the Emalahleni area in solidarity with removing Johan Coetzee. Motorists are advised to plan their routes accordingly. Local authorities have been notified and will monitor the situation.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTH WEST – 02 AUG 2022

  • POTCHEFSTROOM – 01 AUG 2022 (22H10) UPDATE The N12 approaching Potchefstroom from Ikageng has been reopened to traffic. This follows after demonstrators have dispersed from the scene. Public Order Police (POP) officers are on the scene and are expected to continue monitoring the situation for further unrest. Motorists are advised to exercise vigilance when travelling in the area. (20H20) The N12 between Ikageng and Klerksdorp remain closed to traffic due to the ongoing protest. Public Order Police are on the scene directing traffic flow. (18H30) Protest reported on the N12 between Ikageng and Klerksdorp. Community members are barricading the road with burning tyres and debris. The demonstrators are throwing stones at passing vehicles. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Police have been dispatched to the scene.
  • MABISKRAAL – 01 AUG 2022 (23H30) UPDATE The N4 bi-direction approaching the R54/ Koster Junction has been reopened to traffic following the completion of recovery operations. (21H50) Road closure reported at the intersection of the N4 and R52 in the vicinity of Mabiskraal approaching the Koster turnoff. The N4 bi-directional has been closed to traffic to allow recovery operations following a motor vehicle collision. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Emergency services are on the scene.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTHERN CAPE – 02 AUG 2022

  • KIMBERLEY – 01 AUG 2022 (22H40) The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) Kimberley Region has announced the withdrawal of the planned retrenchment of 150 workers at the Kimberley Ekapa Mining (KEM) in the Northern Cape. This follows after the mine previously announced plans to retrench workers in an attempt to remain economically viable following the closure of its Bulfontein Mine. The announcement follows several engagements between the NUM, mine management and the United Association of South Africa (UASA). The NUM has stated that it is expected to continue engagements with the company to ensure the Ekapa Joint shaft retains productivity and sustainability.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – WESTERN CAPE – 02 AUG 2022

  • PAARL – 02 AUG 2022 (06H00) Road closure expected on the N1 at the Huguenot Tunnel in Paarl today, 02 August 2022. The Huguenot Tunnel is expected to be closed to all traffic between 22H00 and 00H00 to allow scheduled maintenance works. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes during the road closure.
  • CAPE TOWN – 02 AUG 2022 (05H45) Protest reported on Baden Powell Drive approaching the Swartklip Road turnoff towards Muizenberg, Cape Town. Community members have barricaded the roadway with burning tyres and debris. Previous demonstrations in the area have been related to service delivery issues. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Authorities have been dispatched to the scene.
  • CAPE TOWN – 02 AUG 2022 (07H30) UPDATE Reports indicate that Police officials have dispersed the demonstrators, and the road has been reopened for traffic. Motorists are advised to be vigilant when driving through the area. (07H15) Protest reported at the intersection of Baden Powell Drive (R310) between Mew Way (M44) and Oscar Mpetha Road in the vicinity of Monwabisi. Demonstrators have barricaded the road with burning tyres and debris in both directions. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes as there is currently two active protests on the road. Police have been dispatched to the area to monitor the situation.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS – 02 AUG 2022

  • MALAMULELE: Protest expected by residents of the Collins Chabane Municipality on Wednesday, 03 August 2022.
  • WITBANK: Protest expected at the Emalahleni Municipal Buildings on 03 August from 09H00 by community members from the area.
  • CAPE TOWN: Protest expected in the City Centre of Cape Town on Thursday, 04 August 2022.
  • KRUGERSDORP: Protest expected at the Engen Garage on the corner of Kagiso Avenue and Sebenzisa Drive in Kagiso on Thursday, 04 August 2022.
  • TEMBISA: Ekurhuleni Executive Mayor Tania Campbell announced a community meeting at the Mehlareng Stadium on Friday, 05 August 2022.
  • POLOKWANE/ PIETERSBURG: Protest expected on Friday, 05 August 2022, by the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) in Polokwane.
  • ERMELO: The Executive Mayor of the Gert Sibande District Municipality, Walter Mngomezulu, announced that the Mayoral Imbizo is expected to take place on 05 August 2022 from 11H00 at the Kwadela Sports Ground.
  • DURBAN: The National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (NEHAWU) KwaZulu-Natal is expected to launch a public health service delivery campaign at the Phoenix Mortuary in Durban at 12H00 on Friday, 05 August 2022.
  • LADYSMITH: The National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (NEHAWU) KwaZulu-Natal has announced plans to launch a public health service delivery campaign at the Ladysmith Regional Hospital on Malcolm Road at 13H00 on Friday, 05 August 2022.
  • PIETERMARITZBURG: The National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (NEHAWU) KwaZulu-Natal is scheduled to launch a public health service delivery campaign at the Harry Gwala Regional Hospital in Pietermaritzburg at 13H00 on Friday, 05 August 2022.
  • EMPANGENI: The National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (NEHAWU) KwaZulu-Natal is scheduled to launch a public health service delivery campaign at the Ngwelezane Tertiary Hospital in Empangeni from 13H00 on Friday, 05 August 2022.
  • 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.
  • MATATIELE: The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) are expected to hold a Women’s Day rally at the Maluti Civic Centre in Matatiele on 09 August from 11H00.
  • JOHANNESBURG: Former President Jacob Zuma is expected to appear at the Constitutional Court of South Africa on Tuesday, 23 August 2022, at 10H00.
  • BLOEMFONTEIN: The court case against President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to begin at the Bloemfontein High Court on 25 August 2022 at 08H00.
  • PIETERMARITZBURG: Pietermaritzburg High Court Judge Pieter Koen announced that former President Jacob Zuma’s trial has been postponed until 17 October 2022.

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