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20220815 1900 WILLSHIR SOUTH AFRICA TIMELINE
SOUTH AFRICA – EASTERN CAPE – 15 AUG 2022
• GQEBERHA/ PORT ELIZABETH – 15 AUG 2022 (08H35) The South African Weather Service (SAWS) has issued a Yellow Level 2 weather warning for adverse gale force winds for the Eastern Cape. SAWS has forecasted a cold front past the south coast, resulting in strong westerly to southwesterly winds along the south coast and adjacent interior, along the coast between Plettenberg Bay and East London. The affected areas could include Nelson Mandela Bay, Buffalo City, Kouga, Great Kei, Kou-Kamma, Mbhashe, Mbizana, Mnquma, Ndlambe, Ngqushwa, Ngquza Hill, Nyandeni, Port St Johns, Sundays River Valley, Ndlambe, and Ngqushwa. SAWS has noted that the gale force winds could result in localised damage to settlements, disruption of transport routes, and travel services may be affected by wind and falling trees.
• MBIZANA – 15 AUG 2022 (15H15) A suspect is expected to appear in the High Court in Mbizana on four charges of human trafficking. The people who were allegedly trafficked are expected to take the stand. It is alleged that the suspect lured the victims by promising them job opportunities. A 23-year-old, who was allegedly transported from Cape Town to the area with a promise of a job, is expected to take the stand, while another person is expected to testify on alleged sexual exploitation.
SOUTH AFRICA – FREE STATE – 15 AUG 2022
• BLOEMFONTEIN – 15 AUG 2022 (10H30) UPDATE Demonstration reported outside Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Bloemfontein. Supporters of the former President, Jacob Zuma. This comes as the Supreme Court of Appeal is hearing the appeal of Zuma on the issue of his medical parole. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. (06H10) Former President Jacob Zuma is expected to appear before the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Bloemfontein on Monday, 15 August 2022. During the trial, the SCA is expected to announce a verdict on Zuma’s appeal to prevent Advocate Billy Downer from prosecuting the former Head of State.
SOUTH AFRICA – GAUTENG – 15 AUG 2022
• TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 15 AUG 2022 (04H30) President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to lead a South African delegation to attend the 42nd Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) scheduled to be held in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), on Wednesday, 17 August 2022. During the Summit, President Ramaphosa, in his capacity as the current Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Security and Defence, is set to table a report on the deployment of SADC Military troops in Mozambique. International Relations and Co-operation (CoGTA) Minister Naledi Pandor has stated that the report will review progress regarding the deployment and the provision of support to personnel from the various SADC countries, in addition to the bilateral partnership between Mozambique and Rwanda.
• BENONI – 15 AUG 2022 (06H40) UPDATE Police have launched a search operation for an estimated 12 suspects following the ATM bombing in Mackenzie Park. Preliminary reports indicate that the suspects evaded the scene on foot. (03H55) Automatic teller machine (ATM) bombing reported at the Engen filling station in Mackenzie Park, Benoni. Preliminary reports indicate that an unknown number of suspects have bombed an ATM and fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of money. Police are on the scene. Motorists are advised to exercise caution when travelling in the area.
• JOHANNESBURG – 15 AUG 2022 (11H50) The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) has threatened to embark on strike action on 20 September 2022 if their wage demands are not met. This comes as the union rejected the Governments offer of a 2% increase as well as an R1000 grant. The union has demanded a 10% salary increase and threatened to embark on lunchtime pickets at all Police stations, correctional centres and traffic institutions across the country. The union has announced plans to march to the Union Buildings and the Treasury Department in Pretoria on 20 September 2022 over salary increments. The union has also called for an urgent crime summit to address the high levels of crime and address austerity measures.
• GLENHARVIE – 15 AUG 2022 (13H45) Protest expected in Glenharvie on Tuesday, 16 August 2022. The demonstrators are expected to gather at the Spar parking area from 03H30. Residents will be protesting against illegal miners, also known as Zama Zamas. This follows after a protest in the West Rand area from 08 August until 10 August 2022 aimed at removing illegal miners in the area. The Glenharvie Combined School will be closed during the protest for the learners’ safety. Motorists are advised to avoid the area during the protest. Police will be monitoring the situation.
• SOWETO – 15 AUG 2022 (14H10) The City of Johannesburg announced that Klipspruit Valley Road will be closed from today, 15 August 2022, until 14 November 2022. The road will be closed between Sofasonke Street/ Kumalo Main Road and Moroka Nancefield Road. The road will be closed for the reconstruction of the stormwater culvert structure. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes.
• JOHANNESBURG – 15 AUG 2022 (16H20) The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) is expected to hold a media briefing on Thursday, 18 August 2022, from 11H00 at the COSATU House. COSATU will officially announce a planned national strike for 24 August 2022. The national strike is in response to the ongoing load shedding, fuel price increases and food prices.
• SANDTON – 15 AUG 2022 (16H40) Seriti Resources has entered into an agreement to acquire a majority stake in Windlab Africa’s wind and solar-powered assets through its subsidiary Seriti Green. Seriti seeks to lower its carbon footprint and ensure long-term sustainability as a diversified energy producer. This is a significant step in the development of Seriti Green, which was announced in November 2021. Seriti uses 750 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of electricity in the process of mining the coal that is used to fuel power stations. In line with the commitments made in the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed in October 2021 with Eskom and Exxaro, Seriti will start using renewable wind and solar energy in its own facilities through the signing of Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) in 2023.
• SANDTON – 15 AUG 2022 (17H50) Eskom announced that it might implement load shedding Stage 2 at short notice this evening from 18H00 and 24H00. The breakdown of a generation unit each at the Kriel, Majuba, Matla and three units at Arnot Power Station during the last 24 hours and delays in returning units to service at Kusile, Lethabo and Tutuka power stations have put a strain on the power generation system. Eskom currently has 4,508 megawatts (MW) on planned maintenance, while another 13,622MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns.
SOUTH AFRICA – KWAZULU-NATAL – 15 AUG 2022
• WARTBURG – 15 AUG 2022 (06H20) Protest reported on the R614 between Wartburg and Tongaat approaching the Nzuze turnoff. Community members are barricading the roadway with burning tyres and debris. The reason for the demonstration remains unknown at this time. However, previous protests in the area have been related to poor service delivery. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Police have been dispatched to the scene.
• ESTCOURT – 15 AUG 2022 (08H15) Protest reported on Hospital Hill and R103 Road near Willowgrange outbound. Previous demonstrations are related to poor service delivery related to continuous power outages. Demonstrators have blockaded the road with burning tyres and debris. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route. Police are on the scene.
• DURBAN – 15 AUG 2022 (11H30) UPDATE The demonstrators are currently marching on Dr Yusuf Dadoo Street, affecting Dr Joseph Nduli towards Joe Slovo Street in Durban Central. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route. (11H20) Protest reported on West Street in Durban Central. Members of the Municipal and Allied Trade Union of South Africa (MATUSA) and the South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) are protesting in demand for the establishment of an efficient and independent labour dispute resolution institution. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route. Police are on the scene. (06H00) Protest expected at the King DiniZulu Park in Durban from 09H00 on Monday, 15 August 2022. Members of the Municipal and Allied Trade Union of South Africa (MATUSA) and the South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) are expected to protest in demand for the establishment of an efficient and independent labour dispute resolution institution. Demonstrators are expected to gather at King DiniZulu Park to march to the Durban City Hall. The march will be held under the theme of #Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied. Motorists are advised to avoid the area for the duration of the protest. Local authorities have been informed and will be dispatched to monitor the situation.
• TONGAAT – 15 AUG 2022 (13H40) Targeted murder reported on Gopalall Hurbans Road in the vicinity of Walter Reid Road, Tongaat. The driver of a red Audi was killed in a drive-by shooting. Members of Reaction Unit South Africa (RUSA) were on patrol in the area when they discovered the vehicle. The Tongaat Police were in attendance. It was established that the driver of the vehicle was killed after the occupants of an unknown vehicle opened fire on him. The deceased is allegedly a taxi owner. A case of murder is being investigated.
SOUTH AFRICA – LIMPOPO – 15 AUG 2022
• THABAZIMBI – 15 AUG 2022 (09H30) UPDATE Protest reported outside the Northam Platinum Mine in Thabazimbi. Community members from Thabazimbi are protesting against labour and employment issues at the Northam Platinum Mine. The Thabazimbi community members have marched to the mine to hand over a memorandum of their demands. Reports indicate that the community has barricaded the R510 Road towards the Northam in an attempt to disrupt mine production. South African Police Service (SAPS) are on the scene. (06H00) Peaceful protest expected at the Northam Platinum Mine on Monday, 15 August 2022. Community members from Thabazimbi are expected to hold a peaceful march to the Northam Platinum Mine via the R510 to hand over a Memorandum of Demands (MoD) regarding employment demands. The march was approved during a recent meeting with stakeholders. The demonstration is expected to disrupt traffic movement on the R510. Motorists are advised to exercise caution when travelling in the area. Police will be deployed to monitor the march.
• MOKGOLOBOTHO – 15 AUG 2022 (12H10) UPDATE Road closure reported on the Road between Dan and Nkowankowa near the Letaba Hospital. This follows an ongoing protest by the residents of Dan village, who are peacefully protesting on the R36 Road. The residents have vowed to continue to protest until their demands are met. Motorists are advised to avoid the affected areas. (07H30) Road closure reported on the R36 between Mokgolobotho and Dan village near Tzaneen. This follows a demonstration by the residents of Dan village, who have barricaded the road in demand for water supply. The residents are also demonstrating against the continuous implementation of load reduction in the area. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route.
• POLOKWANE/ PIETERSBURG – 15 AUG 2022 (12H30) Protest reported at the Mvula Trust office in the Limpopo Region. Employees are protesting in demand of their outstanding salaries. The employees have claimed that they have not been paid since June 2022. Members of the public are advised to remain vigilant.
• GA MAUPA – 15 AUG 2022 (14H50) The Executive Mayor of the Mopani District Municipality is engaging with community leaders and protesting residents of Ga Maupa village along the R81 road in the Greater Letaba Municipality. Community members embarked on a service delivery protest this morning, barricading the R81 road and demanding a water supply. The protest on the R81 road follows another protest on the R36 road on Sunday, 14 August 2022, where protesters barricaded the road demanding water supply and an end to loadshedding.
• MALAMULELE – 15 AUG 2022 (16H40) UPDATE The Malamulele Magistrate’s Court has postponed the murder case to 25 August 2022 for legal representation. Demonstrators held a peaceful protest outside the court, demanding that the accused be denied bail. Motorists are advised to be vigilant. (15H00) The other two suspects who were arrested in connection with the murder of the Mayor of the Collins Chabane Local Municipality in Limpopo are expected to appear in the Malamulele Magistrate?s Court today, 15 August 2022. This follows after Mayor Moses Maluleke was fatally shot at his residence at Xikundu village outside Malamulele in July 2022. The suspects, a Thohoyandou-based businessman and a man from Ntlhaveni, have been linked to the killing of Maluleke. Both suspects will face charges of murder and attempted and attempted in connection with the death of the Mayor and of wounding his son. Meanwhile, the other two murder accused, Avhatakali Mulaudzi and Shumani Nemadodzi, abandoned their bail application last week. Their case has been postponed to 19 September 2022 for further investigation.
SOUTH AFRICA – MPUMALANGA – 15 AUG 2022
• MIDDELBURG – 15 AUG 2022 (06H20) Protest expected in the vicinity of Middelburg, Mhluzi and surrounding areas today, 15 August 2022. Middelburg Crime Intelligence has issued a notice indicating that community members are planning to barricade major routes in the area today, 15 August 2022. Reports indicate that residents are planning to protest against poor service delivery emanating from the ongoing Steve Tshwete Local Municipality strike. Further information suggests that taxi owners are expected to participate in the disruption. Areas that are expected to be affected include Rockdale, Nazareth and Extension 24 in Middelburg, as well as Extension 5, Mhluzi Mall and other exit roads in Mhluzi. The demonstration is expected to cause significant road travel disruptions in the affected areas. Middelburg Crime Intelligence authorities are monitoring the situation continuously. Motorists are advised to avoid affected routes.
• EMALAHLENI/ WITBANK – 15 AUG 2022 (09H00) UPDATE Road closure reported on the N4 towards Vosman. Mpumalanga Spokesperson for Community Safety Moeti Mmusi stated that the N4 toll road towards Vosman is closed due to the ongoing protest. Motorists travelling towards Bronkhorspruit towards Pretoria are advised to use other alternative roads such as R50 or R545 Roads, or use the N12 and drive via Balmoral to reconnect towards Pretoria. Law enforcement is on the scene and is monitoring the situation. (07H50) Authorities have announced that the N4 Road has been reopened. However, motorists are advised to remain vigilant for possible disruptions. (07H10) Protest reported on the N4 Witbank, in the vicinity of eMalahleni. Reports indicate that the N4 highway between KG Mall and Witbank has been closed. Previous demonstrations are related to the community of eMalahleni, who held a protest against the municipality’s use of Johan Coetzee Attorneys as their debt collector. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route. Police are aware of the situation.
SOUTH AFRICA – NORTH WEST – 15 AUG 2022
• POTCHEFSTROOM – 15 AUG 2022 (06H10) Protest expected on the N12 on Monday, 15 August 2022. Reports indicate that Ikageng residents are planning the potential closure of the N12 between Ikageng and Potchefstroom to protest against the Municipality’s failure to address continuous service delivery concerns. Motorists are advised to exercise caution when travelling in the area and avoid the section of the N12 during the protest action. Police will be deployed to patrol the affected area.
• RUSTENBURG – 15 AUG 2022 (09H50) A former Member of the Executive Council (MEC), Nono Maloyi, has been elected as the African National Congress (ANC) North West Chairperson with 370 votes. Maloyi has obtained 76 more votes than the current Premier, Bushy Maape, who received 294 votes. This comes after the North West ANC Elective Conference had been postponed on 14 August 2022 due to suspected criminals allegedly breaching security at the Olympia Park Stadium Registration Centre. Maloyi’s election as ANC Chairperson comes despite culpable homicide charges following a 2018 vehicle accident.
• ORKNEY – 15 AUG 2022 (15H30) The Dr Kenneth Kaunda District municipality is expected to launch a project under the theme, the restoration of social justice and dignity of ex-mineworkers in the North West province, on Thursday, 18 August 2022. The Provincial Department of Health Spokesperson, Keletso Ratlhagane, stated that the project will enable about 170,000 former mineworkers and their beneficiaries in the North West to access unpaid benefits, including compensation for occupational diseases, injuries and other unpaid social protection benefits. The value of each claim will depend on an individual assessment conducted, while families of the deceased beneficiaries are also invited to lodge claims on their behalf. Ratlhagane stated that the provincial launch will be the start of district activities that will commence today, 15 August 2022, at the West Vaal Hospital in Orkney. The activities will witness the intake of the first group of identified former mineworkers undergoing medical assessments for the possible lodging of claims. Ratlhagane concludes that the project roll-out to the Bojanala, Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati and Ngaka Modiri Molema Districts will take place between 21 August and 4 October 2022.
SOUTH AFRICA – NORTHERN CAPE – 15 AUG 2022
• KURUMAN – 15 AUG 2022 (10H00) The Ga-Segonyana Local Municipality has notified the communities of Kuruman that electricity is currently off in Kuruman. This is due to an individual that has driven over an electricity pole at the Industrial Site. The electricity team is resolving the challenge and switching the electricity back on in due time.
• KIMBERLEY – 15 AUG 2022 (18H00) The National Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) and the Sol Plaatje Municipality have conflicting statements over the disconnection of electricity in the DPWI’s buildings based in the Northern Cape. The Department released a statement which alleges the Municipality has apologised for disconnecting electricity in the DPWI’s building and other Government Department buildings for which the DPWI is paying rates and taxes. The Municipal Spokesperson, Thoko Riet, stated that no form of apology was ever offered to the Department as on the day of the disconnection, there was proof that the Department owed the Municipality. The DPWI further alleges that the Municipality did not issue a notice of non-payment and did not engage with the regional office with respect to the accounts before disconnection. The rates and taxes of the buildings managed by the Department were paid according to proof of payment made in July 2022. The next payment, at the time of the disconnection on 8 August 2022, was for the month of August, which was expected to be made today, 15 August 2022.
SOUTH AFRICA – WESTERN CAPE – 15 AUG 2022
• KALK BAY – 15 AUG 2022 (09H00) The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) in the Western Cape has launched an investigation over an alleged Police brutality incident in Fishhoek. According to reports, the suspected Police officials assaulted the suspect for unknown reasons. The Fish Hoek Community Policing Forum (CPF) has stated that two of its members were denied access to visit the arrested individual in the cells to establish the person’s wellbeing. The IPID has stated that a complaint has been lodged into the matter, and a follow-up will be coordinated.
• CAPE TOWN – 15 AUG 2022 (14H20) The Minister of Health announced that the fourth case of monkeypox had been detected in South Africa. The patient is a 28-year-old man from the Western Cape who recently travelled to Spain. The latest case follows three unlinked laboratory-confirmed monkeypox cases reported in Gauteng, Western Cape and Limpopo.
• CAPE TOWN – 15 AUG 2022 (17H00) UPDATE Small-scale fishers demonstrated along Marine Drive at the Paarden Eiland entrance to Cape Town harbour today, 15 August 2022. The demonstrators are demanding that the Government stop approving permits for oceanic oil and gas exploration. African Climate Alliance, 350org, Green Peace Africa, Masifundise, Ubuntu Rural Women and Youth, and the Social Justice Coalition attended the demonstration in solidarity with the small-scale fishers. (14H00) Protest reported on Marine Drive heading towards Paarden Eiland. The demonstrators are protesting due to environment-related matters. The road remains open to traffic. Motorists are advised to be vigilant. Police are on the scene.
UPCOMING EVENTS – 15 AUG 2022
• BRAKPAN: The South African Police Services (SAPS) is expected to host a community meeting on Tuesday, 16 August 2022.
• GLENHARVIE: Protest expected in Glenharvie on Tuesday, 16 August 2022. The demonstrators are expected to gather at the Spar parking area from 03H30.
• CAPE TOWN: Protest expected by the Mining Affected Communities United in Action (MACUA) group on 16 August 2022 at the Parliament in Cape Town.
• TSHWANE/ PRETORIA: President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to lead a South African delegation to attend the 42nd Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) scheduled to be held in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), on Wednesday, 17 August 2022.
• 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.
• JOHANNESBURG: The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) is expected to hold a media briefing on Thursday, 18 August 2022 from 11H00 at the COSATU House. COSATU will officially announce a planned national strike for 24 August 2022.
• MEYERTON: Rand Water has issued a notice to City of Tshwane communities regarding a planned disruption of water supply services expected to affect residents in the Midvaal area between Friday, 19 August 2022, and Tuesday, 23 August 2022.
• DURBAN: 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 11H30.
• 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.
• TSHWANE/ PRETORIA: Protest expected at Burgers Park on Van der Walt Street in Pretoria Central from 09H00 on Wednesday, 24 August 2022.
• BISHO: Protest expected by the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) on 24 August 2022 at 09H00.
• PHUTHADITJHABA: Protest expected at the Old Phuthaditjhaba Square from 09H00 on Wednesday, 24 August 2022.
• EMALAHLENI/ WITBANK: Protest expected at the Eskom Park in Witbank from 09H00 on Wednesday, 24 August 2022.
• RUSTENBURG: Protest expected at the Rustenburg Local Municipality Offices on Wednesday, 24 August 2022.
• CAPE TOWN: Protest expected at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) Metrorail Offices in Cape Town from 09H00 on Wednesday, 24 August 2022.
• QONCE/ KING WILLIAMS TOWN: Protest expected at the Victoria Grounds Stadium in King Williams Town from 09H00 on Wednesday, 24 August 2022.
• JOHANNESBURG: National shutdown expected on Wednesday, 24 August 2022, by the South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU).
• 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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