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20220802 1900 WILLSHIR SOUTH AFRICA TIMELINE
SOUTH AFRICA – EASTERN CAPE – 02 AUG 2022
• BETHELSDORP – 02 AUG 2022 (11H20) Protest reported at the Sapphire Road Primary School in Bethelsdorp. Reports indicate that parents are protesting due to service delivery-related issues, resulting in male and female students attending school on separate occasions. The parents are demanding the Department of Education intervene in the matter so all learners can have access to school facilities at the same time.
• EAST LONDON – 02 AUG 2022 (17H45) The African National Congress (ANC) Amathole District Municipality has recalled Mayor Nceba Ndikinda, Speaker Nondumiso Mgidlana and Chief Whip Nonceba Mfecane with immediate effect. This follows after the officials re-appointed Municipal Manager Thandekile Mnyimba despite a court order declaring him unqualified for the position. The Amathole District Municipality has been facing allegations of poor service delivery.
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.
• PHUTHADICHABA – 02 AUG 2022 (16H50) The Municipal Manager of the Maluti-a-Phofung Municipality, Futhuli Patrick Mothamaha, appeared in the Phuthadichaba Magistrate’s Court this afternoon, 02 August 2022. The Municipal Manager is facing charges of fraud, corruption, and forgery, among other charges. The matter was postponed to Friday, 05 August 2022, for a formal bail application. Mothamaha will remain in custody.
SOUTH AFRICA – GAUTENG – 02 AUG 2022
• 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 would discuss grievances raised by the residents and elaborate on how to improve them.
• SOWETO – 02 AUG 2022 (09H40) UPDATE JMPD confirmed the death of one civilian during the shootout in Orlando. JMPD stated that the motive for the attack remains unknown. However, JMPD Spokesperson Xolani Fihla stated that the incident is allegedly linked to taxi violence. (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 (10H10) Eskom announced the suspension of services in Tembisa. Eskom stated that the decision had been made due to security reasons of employees. Eskom further noted that needed repair work on the substation that was set alight by demonstrators will be repaired when it is safe for employees to return to the area.
• SANDTON – 02 AUG 2022 (12H30) UPDATE Eskom stated that the implementation of the expected loadshedding is due to a delay in returning generation units to service at Arnot, Kusile and Koeberg power stations. Eskom further noted that a generation unit failed at Medupi, Hendrina and Camden and two units at the Majuba power station. (11H45) Eskom announced that they are expected to implement Stage 2 loadshedding for the coming three days. Eskom stated that this decision is due to a shortage in generation capacity. Eskom stated that if the decision is finalised, loadshedding will be implemented from 16H00 until 00H00 from today, 02 August 2022, until 04 August 2022. Eskom stated that all stakeholders will be informed if loadshedding is implemented. Further updates to follow.
• TEMBISA – 02 AUG 2022 (13H50) UPDATE Major routes in Tembisa remain closed to traffic due to the recent unrest in the area. Roads that are closed include Rev RTJ Namane Drive and Brian Mazibuko Drive, amongst others. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. (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.
• RANDFONTEIN – 02 AUG 2022 (14H25) UPDATE Police have arrested 42 illegal miners, also known as Zama Zamas, in the West Rand District Municipality, as part of operations to address illegal mining and criminal activities. Police Minister Bheki Cele, accompanied by the Tactical Response Team, the flying squad, the K-9 unit, and the Hawks led the sting operation in partnership with mining security officials from the private sector. The operation is ongoing and more arrests are expected. (10H35) Road closure reported on the R28 between Randfontein and Krugersdorp. Reports indicate that local Police authorities had launched a clean-up operation of the Zama Zamas. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes for the duration of the operation.
• TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 02 AUG 2022 (15H00) President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to embark on a working visit to the Republic of Botswana on Thursday, 04 August 2022, to lead talks at the High-Level South Africa – Botswana Business Roundtable. The opening of the Roundtable is scheduled to take place at the Gaborone International Convention Centre from 09H00 until 10H00. The two neighbouring countries are marking 28 years of diplomatic and bilateral cooperation, which includes trade and investment, energy, agriculture, tourism, youth and sport, infrastructure development, culture, mining, defence and security, immigration, environmental conservation and management, transport as well as information and communication technologies. President Ramaphosa will be accompanied by Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Naledi Pandor and Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition Ebrahim Patel. The closing of the Roundtable is scheduled to take place at the Gaborone International Convention Centre from 12H00 until 12H45, and the tour of the South Africa – Botswana Trade Expo from 12H50 until 13H00.
• JOHANNESBURG – 02 AUG 2022 (15H40) Hijacking alert on Malibongwe Drive/ R512 between Kay Sand and Lanseria. Five armed men are operating in the area, committing hijackings and business robberies. The suspects are known to use different vehicles, including a white Toyota Corolla, a white Mitsubishi Triton or Colt and a white Mazda Drifter. The suspects are armed with four handguns and one shotgun. Motorists are advised to be vigilant. The local law enforcement is aware of the situation.
SOUTH AFRICA – KWAZULU-NATAL – 02 AUG 2022
• 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.
• CHATSWORTH – 02 AUG 2022 (16H20) Residents of Chatsworth to Port Edward have raised concerns regarding water supply challenges in the areas. The residents stated that the challenges are not related to the recent floodings in KwaZulu-Natal and that the challenges are an ongoing issue with electricity supply. The local community is requesting to negotiate with the municipality and Eskom to upgrade the electricity infrastructure, which is expected to improve the water supply at the local reservoirs.
SOUTH AFRICA – LIMPOPO – 02 AUG 2022
• SASELAMANI – 02 AUG 2022 (08H20) The African National Congress (ANC) Vhembe Regional Secretary, Rudzani Ludere, announced the funeral service for the late Mayor Moses Maluleke is expected to be held at the Saselamani Stadium today, 02 August 2022, at 10H00. Motorists are advised to plan their routes accordingly to avoid the area as traffic delays are expected.
• PHALABORWA – 02 AUG 2022 (14H40) The protest action by Lulekani residents against Kurhula Primary School’s alleged decision to compel parents to pay extra monies, has been suspended pending Thursday’s, 04 August 2022, meeting to discuss the matter. The parents of the learners barricaded roads leading to the school on Monday, 01 August 2022, demanding that the school principal address their demands. The parents stated that they cannot afford to pay a toilet fee of R30 per child on an annual basis as well as R10 every Friday, as part of the school’s fundraising initiative. Community leader and parent Alfa Ngwenya stated that they are also against the school’s decision to withhold the progress reports of learners who fail to contribute.
SOUTH AFRICA – MPUMALANGA – 02 AUG 2022
• 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 about improving service delivery in the area.
• WITBANK – 02 AUG 2022 (06H50) Protest expected at the Emalahleni Municipal Buildings on Wednesday, 03 August 2022, 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
• MABISKRAAL – 02 AUG 2022 (09H55) Road closure reported at the R52/N4 Koster Junction in the vicinity of Mabiskraal. Reports indicate that the road is closed due a motor vehicle accident. Authorities are on the scene, and clean-up operations are underway.
SOUTH AFRICA – NORTHERN CAPE – 02 AUG 2022
• KIMBERLEY – 02 AUG 2022 (14H00) The National Police Commissioner, Fannie Masemola, announced the appointment of Lieutenant General Koliswa Otola as Provincial Commissioner and Lieutenant General Tebello Mosikili as Deputy Police Commissioner in the Northern Cape. The appointment of Otola follows the post becoming vacant in 2019 when Lieutenant General Risimati Shivirwie retired. The focus of the newly appointed commissioner will be on combating gender-based crime, damage to infrastructure and cable theft.
• KIMBERLEY – 02 AUG 2022 (14H15) The newly-launched Northern Cape Construction Company (NCCC) is expected to accelerate the roll-out plan of the government’s infrastructure projects. The NCCC is aimed at addressing issues of inequality, poverty, and unemployment within the province. Premier Zamani Saul announced this state-owned company during his State of the Province Address (SOPA) in 2019. Saul stated that a total of 50 learners will be part of the first phase of the project. The NCCC will be an incubator for skills development, especially amongst young people and small businesses. The learners will go through a month-long training programme, which includes pothole repairing, amongst others.
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 (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 are currently two active protests on the road. Police have been dispatched to the area to monitor the situation.
• CAPE TOWN – 02 AUG 2022 (16H30) The Western Cape Government urges residents to use water sparingly amid below-normal rainfall. A Provincial Disaster Management Report shows below-normal rainfall and unseasonably warm temperatures experienced during the first half of the province’s traditional rainfall season. This has left Western Cape dam levels substantially lower compared to the same time in 2021. The Department of Water and Sanitation confirmed that the province’s dams were around 63% full, down from about 76% a year ago. The South African Weather Service also forecasts a high likelihood of continued below-normal rainfall for the next few months, which the provincial government warns could lead to water scarcity.
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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