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20220811 1900 WILLSHIR SOUTH AFRICA TIMELINE

August 11

SOUTH AFRICA – EASTERN CAPE – 11 AUG 2022
• EAST LONDON – 11 AUG 2022 (15H20) Police have launched a search operation for suspects involved in a fatal shooting outside the Mdantsane Uncedo Services Taxi Association office on Wednesday, 10 August 2022. Four fatalities have been reported, which include two taxi owners, a suspected hitman and a bystander. Police stated that the shooting was allegedly linked to ongoing violence in the taxi industry. The incident occurred at about 15H30 at the taxi association’s offices along Mdantsane’s Qumza Highway. Two firearms were recovered at the scene. The circumstances surrounding the incident are not known at this stage.
• EAST LONDON – 11 AUG 2022 (17H30) The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) is launching investigations into the running of two water boards, Amatola Water in the Eastern Cape and Lepelle Northern Water in Limpopo. President Cyril Ramaphosa signed a proclamation authorising the SIU to investigate allegations of corruption and maladministration at both water boards and to recover any financial losses suffered by the state through corruption and negligence. SIU Spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago stated that the investigation would focus on drought relief services and technology contracts awarded since 01 August 2019, as well as allegations that payments were not made in a fair, competitive, transparent, equitable, or cost-effective manner. The investigation will also seek to establish whether or not there has been any intentional or negligent loss of public money or damage to public property.

SOUTH AFRICA – FREE STATE – 11 AUG 2022
• WINBURG – 11 AUG 2022 (11H15) UPDATE Motorists travelling from Johannesburg to the off-ramp at Theunissen towards Bloemfontein have been advised to use an alternative route. This is due to an ongoing protest by residents of Winburg, who are protesting over residential sites. Police Spokesperson Stephen Thakeng has confirmed that three people have been arrested and are monitoring the situation. (09H40) Protest reported on the N1 near Makeleketla in Winburg. Demonstrators are barricading the road. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes and avoid the area. Police are on the scene. The South African Police Service (SAPS) advised motorists coming from Gauteng to take the R70 to Virginia and then the R30 to Bloemfontein via Theunissen and Brandfort. SAPS stated that the N5 between Senekal and Theunissen is open for normal travel.

SOUTH AFRICA – GAUTENG – 11 AUG 2022
• SANDTON – 11 AUG 2022 (01H40) Eskom has announced a planned power outage in the Gauteng area today, 11 August 2022. The power supply will be disrupted between 05H00 and 09H00 to avoid an overload of the electrical network. The affected areas include various areas within Diepsloot, Soweto and West Rand. Residents are advised that relevant updates will be issued as the situation progresses.
• ROODEPOORT – 11 AUG 2022 (03H15) UPDATE The technicians have completed their investigations. The investigations indicated that the power outage followed due to the theft of power cables at the substation. Technicians have replaced the cables and power has been restored. (01H00) Power outage reported in the Wilgeheuwel area. No reason has been provided for the power disruption. The affected areas include Sjampanje street, Teletso street, Vintage street, Merlot Close street and Cabernet street. City Power Johannesburg has deployed technicians to investigate the cause of the outage. Residents are advised that relevant updates will be issued as the situation progresses.
• TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 11 AUG 2022 (06H25) Foreign Minister of Zimbabwe Frederick Shiva embarked on a working visit to the Minister of International Relations, Naledi Pandor. Pandor held a mid-term bilateral review regarding bilateral cooperation between the two countries and discussed the challenges South Africa (SA) faces with illegal immigration. Shiva has reaffirmed Zimbabwe’s assistance to SA regarding the illegal immigration of its citizens and urged their nationals to return to Zimbabwe by December 2022.
• ROODEPOORT – 11 AUG 2022 (06H40) Protest reported in Matholesville. Reports indicate that demonstrators barricaded Main Reef Road, Van Wyk Street and Albertina Sisulu Road with burning tyres and debris. Demonstrators are protesting due to an increase in criminal activities by the Zama Zamas in the area. Demonstrators are demanding the deployment of the military in the area. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Local authorities are currently on the scene to monitor the situation.
• JOHANNESBURG – 11 AUG 2022 (07H50) Member of Executive Council (MEC) Jacob Mamabolo is expected to launch the construction of the K174/Vaal River Link Road today, 11 August 2022. Mamabolo stated that once the road has been completed, it will improve the congestion in the area and add additional access routes to areas in the vicinity.
• CULLINAN – 11 AUG 2022 (07H15) Operation Dudula is expected to launch a branch in Cullinan today, 11 August 2022, at 10H00. Operation Dudula members are expected to gather at the Cullinan Municipal offices. Motorists are advised to be vigilant. Police will be monitoring the situation.
• TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 11 AUG 2022 (10H30) The African Unite Borders Bus Truck Association has threatened to embark on a nationwide demonstration if their concerns are not addressed in the next 14 days. This follows after the Association protested at the Union buildings yesterday, 10 August 2022, where they handed over a memorandum of grievances to a representative from the Presidency.
• KRUGERSDORP – 11 AUG 2022 (12H15) Protest reported outside the Krugersdorp Magistrate’s Court. Members of the ActionSA political party are demonstrating against the seven suspects who are set to appear in court for charges of sexual assault and robbery. Demonstrators are protesting against illegal miners and immigrants and against acts of gender-based violence and femicide (GBVF). The suspects are alleged to be involved in the recent attack on eight people during the filming of a music video at an abandoned mine in West Village, Krugersdorp, on 28 July 2022. Motorists are advised to avoid the area during the protest action. Police are on the scene.
• JOHANNESBURG – 11 AUG 2022 (13H00) UPDATE Authorities have announced that Peace Street and London Street have been reopened to traffic along Longmeadow Boulevard. Reports indicate that the demonstrators are currently in discussions with security personnel on the scene. Police are on the scene and are monitoring areas in Longmeadow, Greenstone and Modderfontein. Motorists are advised to remain cautious. (08H00) UPDATE Reports indicate the Police started firing rubber bullets in an effort to disperse the demonstrators. Motorists are advised to still avoid the area as the demonstration is still ongoing. (06H45) Protest reported at the Pick and Pay Distribution Centre in Longmeadow. Reports indicate that demonstrators barricaded the roads around the centre with burning tyres and debris. Demonstrators are demanding a salary increase. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Local authorities are currently on the scene to monitor the situation.
• ROODEPOORT – 11 AUG 2022 (16H00) UPDATE Calm has been restored in the central business area of Roodepoort. This follows after violent protests this morning related to the eviction of residents from the Tshedzani flats. Police have arrested one demonstrator for public violence. Police are continuing to monitor the situation. (11H15) Protest reported in the vicinity of Roodepoort. Residents are demonstrating against the planned evictions from Tshedzani flats. Several roads have been barricaded with burning tyres and debris. The residents have accused the Johannesburg Social Housing Company (JoshCo) of reneging on a rent-to-buy agreement. The Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) Spokesperson Xolani Fihla stated that the demonstrators will be transported from Roodepoort to Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown and proceed to demonstrate on Miriam Makeba Street, onto Carr Street, and Nelson Mandela Bridge, joining Bertha Street in Braamfontein. Motorists have been advised to avoid the affected areas. The JMPD has been deployed to the Roodepoort Central Business District area.
• TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 11 AUG 2022 (16H50) Denel, state-owned arms manufacturer, announced that it paid all outstanding salaries with the proceeds of the surplus medical benefits trust. Denel is also placing payment plans for the South African Revenue Service (SARS) and the company pension fund. As a result, trade union Solidarity stated that it would release the arrangement and repay the auction’s proceeds. Denel received R992 million from the surplus at the end of July, most of which would be used for working capital, including future salaries. Board Chairperson Gloria Serobe stated that efforts to make use of the Denel Medical Benefits Trust, which had reached a 465% funding level, had been in the works for two years. However, it required court processes and the support of all parties, including pensioners, employees and the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE). The trust is a defined benefit scheme to fund obligations to employees who joined the fund before 2002. The company has also secured the services of former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Riaz Salojee as Chief Restructuring Officer to settle Denel on a sustainable path.

SOUTH AFRICA – KWAZULU-NATAL – 11 AUG 2022
• DURBAN – 11 AUG 2022 (14H15) eThekwini Fire Department has extinguished a fire that broke out at a restaurant on West Street this morning, 11 August 2022. The restaurant was located on the ground floor of a residential building. Smoke spread to the residential building through the ducts. The fire is suspected of having started from a faulty gas cooker. However, investigations would need to be conducted. Four people have been treated for some inhalation.
• PIETERMARITZBURG – 11 AUG 2022 (14H50) Newly elected KwaZulu-Natal Premier Nomusa Dube-Ncube unveiled the new Provincial Cabinet today, 11 August 2022, after a meeting with the African National Congress’s (ANCs) Deployment Committee and its alliance partners. The changes to the Provincial Cabinet follow the ANC’s Provincial Congress last month at which Sihle Zikalala was ousted as Provincial Chairperson by Sboniso Duma. Zikalala last week resigned as Premier and was replaced by Dube-Ncube on Wednesday, 10 August 2022. Members of Executive Council (MEC) that have been removed from the Provincial Cabinet include Kwazi Mshengu and Jomo Sibiya. Mshengu has been replaced as Education MEC by Mbali Frazer, who chaired the Public Works Portfolio Committee in the Legislature. Sibiya has been replaced in Human Settlements by the former mayor of Newcastle Ntuthuku Mahlaba. Hlengiwe Mavimbela has been replaced by Amanda Bani-Mapena as MEC for Arts and Culture, who chaired Sports, Arts and Culture in the Legislature. Peggy Nkonyeni has been moved from Transport and Community Safety to the Treasury. She will be replaced by former Cogta MEC Sipho Hlomuka. Newly elected Provincial Chairperson Duma is now MEC for Economic Development. Those not affected by the reshuffle include MEC for Health Nomagugu Simelane and MEC for Agriculture and Rural Development Bongi Sithole-Moloi.
• DURBAN – 11 AUG 2022 (15H30) UPDATE Demonstrators have barricaded Umgeni Road east before Alpine Road. The demonstrators placed bins and debris on the road. Police are on the scene clearing the roads. Motorists are advised to be vigilant. (15H00) Demonstrators are protesting on Umgeni Road/ M19 between Supply Road and the R102 near Makro. The demonstrators have concluded their march and are dispersing. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. (14H30) The demonstrators have barricaded Umgeni Road/ M19 with debris near the Churchill Road intersection. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. (12H00) Demonstrations are underway on Soldiers Way in the Durban Central area. Reports indicate that members of the Operation Dudula Movement have begun marching towards Umgeni Road. Police are on the scene and are monitoring the situation. (06H00) Reports indicate that businesses on Prince Edward Street have started to close as the protest is underway. (06H00) Protest expected by several groups in the Durban Central Business District (CBD) tomorrow, 11 August 2022, at 08H00. Demonstrators are expected to gather at the Kwamashu Rank. Members of the Umkhonto Wesizwe, Opesa, ATDF ASA and Operation Dudula are expected to clean up the CBD area from illegal foreigners, narcotic substances, crime and unregistered businesses. The public are advised to avoid the CBD area for the duration of the protest. Local authorities have been notified and will implement the necessary safety controls.
• RICHARDS BAY – 11 AUG 2022 (15H55) The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU) has raised concerns regarding the unpaid salaries of security guards in Umhlathuze Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal. The security guards have not received their July 2022 salaries which were due on 31 July 2022. This comes at a time when the union is currently negotiating and demanding 16% of increment in the security sector. SATAWU calls on the Municipality to act against the service provider, Mafoko Patrols. The security guards are currently on strike and have since closed the municipal buildings. SATAWU is expected to hold a meeting with the employer on Thursday, 16 August 2022, to discuss the matter.
• DURBAN – 11 AUG 2022 (16H30) The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) is expected to protest at the Provincial Police Office on Friday, 19 August 2022, from 09H00 until 11H300. Members of COSATU will be protesting against crime and killings. This is part of COSATU’s Provincial Shop Steward Council. Motorists are advised to be vigilant during the protest. Police will be monitoring the situation.

SOUTH AFRICA – LIMPOPO – 11 AUG 2022
• GA-SEKORORO – 11 AUG 2022 (13H50) The Ministry of Police is expected to host a Ministerial Imbizo in an effort to address Gender Based Violence and Femicide (GBVF) and concerns about bullying at schools in the area. Deputy Police Minister, Cassel Mathale, will engage with the community of Maruleng on GBVF and anti-bullying on Friday, 12 August 2022, from 10H00 at the Kanana Super Eleven Sports Ground in Belville Village, Ga-Sekororo. The Ministerial outreach program will also provide a platform to discuss and engage the Police on other identified crimes in the community area. The Imbizo will also seek to promote and improve relations between Police and the community.
• APEL – 11 AUG 2022 (17H50) The Hawks have arrested 48 illegal miners in various mining communities in the Sekhukhune and Waterberg districts in Limpopo. Those arrested include 38 undocumented foreign nationals. During the arrests, the law enforcement agencies confiscated mining equipment, including heavy-duty vehicles. Residents of the affected communities have called on police to deploy more resources to address illegal mining. Law enforcement agencies arrested illegal miners, also known as Zama Zamas, in the mining communities in Apel, Atok, and Northam in the Sekhukhune and Waterberg districts. Despite the arrests, the illegal miners have discovered evasive ways to return to the shafts. Some community members accuse the law enforcement agencies of working together with illegal mining syndicates.

SOUTH AFRICA – MPUMALANGA – 11 AUG 2022
• MBOMBELA – 11 AUG 2022 (08H25) Road closure reported on the N4 in the vicinity of Ngodwana near the Sappi Mill. Reports indicate that the temporary road closure is due to a motor vehicle accident. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes as clean-up operations are underway.

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTH WEST – 11 AUG 2022
• RUSTENBURG – 11 AUG 2022 (06H00) The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) political party announced their Women’s Day Commemoration is expected to be held on Thursday, 11 August 2022, at 10H00 at the Rustenburg Civic Centre. The EFF stated that the commemoration will be addressed by the National Chairperson of the EFF, Veronica Menta.
• MOROKWENG – 11 AUG 2022 (13H30) The Member of Executive Council (MEC) for Education in North West Province, Wendy Matsemela, failed to honour a scheduled meeting with parents of learners at the Morokweng Primary School in Morokweng, to address concerns raised by parents about the safety of their children attending at the dilapidated school. MEC Matsemela instead attended a women’s day event in Ganyesa, just nearby Morokweng. The school has been closed since 19 July 2022 by parents due to safety concerns of their children as the school infrastructure is in poor condition.

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTHERN CAPE – 11 AUG 2022
• KIMBERLEY – 11 AUG 2022 (08H40) Road closure reported on Phakamile and Du Toitspan Road. Reports indicate that the road has been closed to allow operations for fixing potholes at the intersection. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes for the duration of the operation. The road will be reopened as soon as the operation is done.
• BARKLY WEST – 11 AUG 2022 (17H40) Sub-contractors who have been contracted for a paving project on Iris Street in De Beershoogte, Barkly West, removed some of the bricks due to non-payment by the Dikgatlong Municipality. Municipal Manager, Bakie Tsinyane, stated that Moke Construction was appointed for the upgrading of Iris Street. Moke Construction then appointed sub-contractors to do the paving work. The payment for the paving was made to the main contractor. Moke Construction has agreed to pay the sub-contractors by the end of the week. The contractor, Moke Construction, is still, however, responsible for fixing the removed paving.

SOUTH AFRICA – WESTERN CAPE – 11 AUG 2022
• CAPE TOWN – 11 AUG 2022 (04H15) Protest expected by members of the Black People’s National Crisis Committee today, 11 August 2022. The members will gather at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) Cape Town Campus from 11H00 until 14H00. The members will protest in solidarity with the #JusticeForHlophe movement. The South African Police Services (SAPS) are expected to deploy officers to monitor the situation. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes during the duration of the demonstrations.
• CAPE TOWN – 11 AUG 2022 (18H00) The Western Cape E-haling Association is expected to hold a stay offline protest from Wednesday, 17 August, until Thursday, 18 August 2022. The e-haling drivers are demanding the abolishment of upfront pricing and the reinstatement of live distance and time-based fares, amongst other demands. During the protest, e-haling drivers are expected to hold a stay-away action. The public reliant on e-haling services is advised to use alternative transport during this time.

UPCOMING EVENTS – 11 AUG 2022
• VEREENIGING: President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to lead a District Development Model (DDM) Presidential Imbizo on Friday, 12 August 2022, at 10H00 at the Sharpeville Cricket Pitch next to George Thabe Stadium, Sedibeng.
• TSHWANE/ PRETORIA: Protest expected by the Young Communist League (YCL) together with the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) on Friday, 12 August 2022, at the Union Buildings.
• MBOMBELA/ NELSPRUIT: Protest expected at the Mbombela High Court on Friday, 12 August 2022, by the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (NEHAWU).
• MATSULU: Protest expected at the Nkomazi Toll Plaza on Friday, 12 August 2022, from 10H00 until 14H00 by the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU).
• RUSTENBURG: The African National Congress (ANC) North West Provincial Conference is expected to be held at the Rustenburg Civic Centre from Friday, 12 August, until Sunday, 14 August 2022.
• GA-SEKORORO: The Ministry of Police is expected to host a Ministerial Imbizo in an effort to address Gender Based Violence and Femicide (GBVF) and concerns about bullying at schools in the area.
• JOHANNESBURG: Protest expected in Zone 16 of Johannesburg by members of the African National Congress (ANC) on 13 August 2022.
• BLOEMFONTEIN: Former President Jacob Zuma is expected to appear at the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Bloemfontein on Monday, 15 August 2022.
• DURBAN: Protest expected by the Municipal and Allied Trade Union of South Africa (MATUSA) with the South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) on Monday, 15 August 2022, from 09H00 at the King DiniZulu Park.
• BRAKPAN: The South African Police Services (SAPS) is expected to host a community meeting on Tuesday, 16 August 2022.
• CAPE TOWN: Protest expected by the Mining Affected Communities United in Action (MACUA) group on 16 August 2022 at the Parliament in Cape Town.
• CAPE TOWN: The Western Cape E-haling Association is expected to hold a stay offline protest from Wednesday, 17 August, until Thursday, 18 August 2022.
• TSHWANE/ PRETORIA: Protest expected at the Eersterust Police Station on Saturday, 20 August 2022, from 09H00 by the Rea Thusa/We Help and the Lioness Pride Movement.
• JOHANNESBURG: Former President Jacob Zuma is expected to appear at the Constitutional Court of South Africa on Tuesday, 23 August 2022, at 10H00.
• BISHO: Protest expected by the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) on 24 August 2022 at 09H00.
• BLOEMFONTEIN: The court case against President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to begin at the Bloemfontein High Court on 25 August 2022 at 08H00.
• SANDTON: News24 Editor-in-Chief Adriaan Basson announced that News24’s inaugural On The Record Summit is expected to be held on Thursday, 01 September 2022, at the Sandton Convention Centre.
• 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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