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20220823 1900 WILLSHIR SOUTH AFRICA TIMELINE

August 23

SOUTH AFRICA – EASTERN CAPE – 23 AUG 2022
• GQEBERHA/ PORT ELIZABETH – 23 AUG 2022 (07H45) Protest reported on Old Uitenhage Road. Reports indicate that the demonstrators barricaded the entry points to Kleinskool with burning tyres and debris. The reason for the protest remains unknown, although previous demonstrations were related to service delivery issues. Reports indicate that the R75 is still open for normal traffic flow, although motorists are advised to avoid Uitenhage Road. Local authorities are currently on the scene to monitor the situation.

SOUTH AFRICA – FREE STATE – 23 AUG 2022
• BLOEMFONTEIN – 23 AUG 2022 (16H40) The Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality (MMM) is expected to appoint its fifth City Manager in less than a year. The Metropolitan is looking for the successor of the current acting City Manager, Tebogo Motlashuping, and according to the job advertisement, the successor will be in office for five years. The first City Manager to be dismissed from office was Sello More in January 2022, just a few days before the end of his contract.

SOUTH AFRICA – GAUTENG – 23 AUG 2022
• JOHANNESBURG – 23 AUG 2022 (06H00) Former President Jacob Zuma is expected to appear at the Constitutional Court of South Africa today, 23 August 2022, at 10H00. This follows after the High Court ruled on 16 November 2021 that the South African Revenue Services (SARS) must disclose Zuma’s tax records between 2010 and 2018. The Constitutional Court will hear the applications to appeal the Pretoria High Court ruling.
• TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 23 AUG 2022 (06H15) Motorists are advised to remain vigilant in Pretoria Central for possible disruptions of a planned protest by members of the General Industries Workers Union of South Africa (GIWUSA) today, 23 August 2022. This follows after GIWUSA President Mametlwe Sebei allegedly stated that members of the union are expected to gather at Burgers Park in Pretoria today. Sebei stated that from Burgers Park, members will embark on a protest action to deliver memorandums to different departments in the city regarding the high cost of living and the increase in fuel prices. Sebei stated that a night vigil will be held at Burgers Park. Thereafter, the union will be joined by other trade unions on Wednesday, 24 August 2022, from 06H00, and march to the Unions Building at 10H00. Law enforcement has been placed on high alert ahead of the planned national shutdown for 24 August 2022.
• JOHANNESBURG – 23 AUG 2022 (08H10) Operation Dudula announced that they are expected to launch branches in various areas in South Africa on 27 August 2022. Operation Dudula is expected to meet at 8th Street in Vrededorp on 27 August 2022 at 10H00 to elect representatives of the following areas Mayfair, Riverlea, Vrededorp, Fordsburg, Crown Mines and Langlaagte.
• SOWETO – 23 AUG 2022 (09H05) The Mayor of Johannesburg, Mpho Phalatse, announced that he is expected to meet residents of Soweto on Saturday, 10 September 2022. Phalatse stated that during the community meeting, he is expected to respond on how the local Government can assist residents with their demands submitted in June 2022. Reports indicate that the demands set by the residents include the current electricity crisis, service delivery in informal settlements and the increase in fuel prices.
• ALBERTON – 23 AUG 2022 (10H10) Protest reported on Dan Jacobs Street in Alrode. Reports indicate that demonstrators barricaded the road with burning tyres and debris. The demonstrators are also throwing stones at vehicles in the area. The reason for the protest remains unknown, although previous demonstrations were related to poor service delivery. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes for the duration of the protest. Local authorities have been dispatched to the area to monitor the situation.
• SPRINGS – 23 AUG 2022 (12H25) Road closure reported on the N17 between Springs and Boksburg. Reports indicate that a truck lost its trailer that contains flammable gas. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes for the road closure duration as clean-up operations are underway. Emergency services are currently on the scene.
• TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 23 AUG 2022 (13H40) Eskom is considering disconnecting the City of Tshwane as one of the necessary steps to secure the outstanding payment. The City of Tshwane is in breach of the Electricity Supply Agreement, which it holds with Eskom, by failing to pay the R1.6 billion. The outstanding amount was due and payable on 17 August 2022. The City only paid R68 million to date. The power utility had numerous engagements with the City of Tshwane’s management to ensure that the City paid its account. These actions yielded no results as the City has continued with the same pattern.
• JOHANNESBURG – 23 AUG 2022 (15H15) The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) and several other unions are expected to participate in the National Day of Action scheduled for Wednesday, 24 August 2022. The unions include the South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU), Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), Food and Allied Workers Union (FAWU), National Union of Public Services and Allied Workers (NUPSAW), South African Society of Bank Officials (SASBO), South African Clothing and Textile Workers Union (SACTWU), Democratised Transport and Logistics and Allied Workers Union (DETAWU) and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA). This is according to the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC), which granted SAFTU a certificate to hold a protest action in the form of a national shutdown. The shutdown is protected by the Labour Relations Act, which also protects all affiliated unions that will attend.
• TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 23 AUG 2022 (15H20) UPDATE Members of NUPSAW have arrived at the National Department of Social Development offices in Pretoria. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Police are on the scene. (10H35) Reports indicate that members of NUPSAW have started to gather at the Department of Health in Thaba Tshwane, whereafter they will march towards the Union Buildings. (06H00) Protest expected at the Union Building in Pretoria Central on Tuesday, 23 August 2022, from 10H00 by the National Union of Public Service and Allied Workers (NUPSAW). The union will be protesting in demand for all Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) workers to be insourced as many of them have been employed on three months of renewable contracts since 2009. The union also demands the absorption of the Community Healthcare Workers (CHWs) and the Early Childhood Development (ECD) workers. This protest follows as the union has rejected the 2% wage increase from the Government for all the EPWP workers, and seeks an 8% increase. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. Police will be deployed to the scene to maintain order.
• TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 23 AUG 2022 (15H30) The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) has welcomed the decision of the Labour Court today, 23 August 2022, to dismiss the contempt of court application which was lodged by the former second Deputy President Ruth Ntlokotse. Ntlokotse filed an urgent application at the Labour Court where she asked it to overturn the decisions of the Nations Congress and that the court declare the 11th National Congress as null and void as she claimed that the union failed to comply with the order of Justice Moshoana, which interdicted the Congress. Ntlokotse requested that NUMSA General Secretary Comrade Irvin Jim and President Andrew Chirwa be declared in contempt of court and for them to be jailed.
• TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 23 AUG 2022 (15H45) The South African National Taxi Council (SANTACO) has confirmed that it will not be participating in the Nation Day of Action scheduled for Wednesday, 24 August 2022. This is despite numerous requests to participate in the national shutdown.
• JOHANNESBURG – 23 AUG 2022 (15H50) The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) is expected to meet with motor industry employers today, 23 August, and Wednesday, 24 August 2022, to address the wage negotiation deadlock since declaring a dispute on 30 June 2022. The union will meet with the Retail Motor Industries (RMI) and the Fuel Retail Association (FRA) under the authority of the Motor Industries Bargaining Council (MIBCO) and the Dispute Resolution Committee (DRC). The union is demanding a 12% across-the-board increase, an overtime rate in line with the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA) for Chapter Three workers, and social benefits, including medical aid for garage workers, among other demands.
• JOHANNESBURG – 23 AUG 2022 (16H20) UPDATE The EFF has reaffirmed its stance on the need to hold President Cyril Ramaphosa accountable for the crimes committed on the Phala Phala farm. EFF leader Julius Malema stated that the party will ensure that Ramaphosa does not finish his term of office, therefore calling on all members of the opposition and civil society to join in ensuring that the President does not get away with crimes. Malema stated that no one must be allowed to defend and justify crimes of money laundering, tax evasion, kidnapping, torture, and concealing of crime as a matter of insignificance. (12H15) President of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), Julius Malema, is expected to hold a media briefing today, 23 August 2022, at 12H10 at the Winnie Madikizela Mandela House, Marshalltown. Malema is expected to discuss the EFF’s plans to ensure the Phala Phala Game Farm case against President Cyril Ramaphosa is investigated thoroughly. Malema also calls on the Minister of Finance Enoch Godongwana to resign due to the accusations made against him.

SOUTH AFRICA – KWAZULU-NATAL – 23 AUG 2022
• DURBAN – 23 AUG 2022 (16H05) The eThekwini Metropolitan Police Department has informed that officers will be deployed to various intersections in the Central Business District (CBD) during the National Day of Action scheduled for Wednesday, 24 August 2022. Trade union federations Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) and South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) will protest the high cost of living and the loadshedding crisis. Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Boysie Zungu stated that officers will be deployed to control traffic at intersections. There is a planned march from King Dinizulu Park to City Hall. Zungu added that there will be no road closures, all intersections will be managed by police officers.
• PIETERMARITZBURG – 23 AUG 2022 (17H50) UPDATE Road closure reported on the M70 at the Sutherland Road crossing near Capital Lifestyle shopping centre in Edendale. Demonstrators are barricading the road with burning tyres and debris. Stone-throwing has been reported. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes and avoid the area. (06H05) Protest reported on the M70 in the vicinity of Edendale. Reports indicate that demonstrators barricaded the M70/ Edendale Crossing with burning tyres and debris. The reason for the protest remains unknown, although previous demonstrations were related to poor service delivery. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Local authorities have been dispatched to the area to monitor the situation.

SOUTH AFRICA – LIMPOPO – 23 AUG 2022
• BEITBRIDGE – 23 AUG 2022 (16H30) UPDATE Traffic disruption reported on the N1 heading towards the Beitbridge border post outside Musina. This is due to the ongoing protest. The disruption has led to congestion stretching for several kilometres. Motorists are advised to use alternative border posts between South Africa and Zimbabwe. (08H30) Protest report on the N1 at Beitbridge. Reports indicate that taxi drivers blocked the road with their vehicles. The drivers are protesting against the lack of security in the border town. Motorists can expect traffic delays due to the protest. Local authorities are currently on the scene to monitor the situation.
• GA-MOLEKANA – 23 AUG 2022 (17H00) Members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in the Waterberg Region marched to Anglo American Platinum’s Mogalakwena mine today, 23 August 2022, demanding that the company implement its Social Labour Plan. The demonstrators handed over a memorandum of demands, which also incorporates demands from communities in the Mokopane area. EFF’s Regional Coordinator, Jeannette Komane, stated that the mine has not been positively responding to concerns raised by the community, such as implementing a procurement plan and engaging with them on how they can access the gravesites of their loved ones.

SOUTH AFRICA – MPUMALANGA – 23 AUG 2022
• KOMATI – 23 AUG 2022 (00H45) Eskom, in collaboration with the South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, has launched a renewable energy training centre project at the Komati Power Station Monday, 22 August 2022. The centre is set to be valued at R8 billion. Eskom’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Andre de Ruyter noted that they will meet with local and international investors to fund the project. Eskom has implemented the project due to the high demand for electricity and the ongoing implementation of loadshedding. The energy project will increase the renewable energy sector, establish job opportunities and repurpose the Komati station.
• VOLKSRUST – 23 AUG 2022 (06H35) Protest expected by the members of the Majuba Stakeholder Forum along with community members of Volksrust at the Majuba Power Station. The Forum stated that the protest is due to the Management of the Station, who did not address the community in previous efforts to discuss the implications of regular loadshedding. The Management ordered the Police to shoot peaceful protestors with rubber bullets and stun grenades. The Forum warned all employees from the Majuba Station to stay away from work today, 23 August 2022. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Local authorities have been notified and will be on the scene to monitor the situation.
• EMALAHLENI/ WITBANK – 23 AUG 2022 (07H10) Motorists are advised to be vigilant when travelling on the N4 between Middelburg and Tshwane near Witbank due to an increase in spiking incidents. This follows after a recent increase in spiking incidents, particularly in Witbank on the N12. Police are aware of the situation and have increased surveillance in the area.
• BELFAST – 23 AUG 2022 (08H20) Protest reported on R536 at Belfast towards the Paul Kruger Gate. Reports indicate that demonstrators barricaded the road with burning tyres and debris. The reason for the protest remains unknown, although previous demonstrations were related to service delivery issues. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route. Police have been deployed to the scene.
• ELUKWATINI – 23 AUG 2022 (11H40) Protest reported in Nhlazatshe 6, Elukwatini. Reports indicate that demonstrators barricaded the main road. The reason for the protest remains unknown, although previous demonstrations were related to poor service delivery. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Local authorities have been dispatched to the area to monitor the situation.

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTH WEST – 23 AUG 2022
• KROONDAL – 23 AUG 2022 (08H00) UPDATE Reports indicate that the demonstrators started to burn tyres on the R104 barricading all entry points to Kroondal from the N4. (07H40) Protest reported at Kroondal Mine. Reports indicate that demonstrators barricaded all entry points to the mine with burning tyres and debris. The reason for the protest remains unknown. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant in Kroondal as the location of the protest can move towards town, but for now, normal traffic flow is reported. Local authorities have been dispatched to the mine to monitor the situation.
• DINOKANA – 23 AUG 2022 (08H55) UPDATE Reports indicate that the ongoing protest action has also affected alternative routes in Dinokana. Motorists are advised to plan their routes accordingly to avoid the area. (08H40) Protest reported on the N4 in the vicinity of Dinokana between Zeerust and Lobatse Border. Reports indicate that demonstrators barricaded the road in both directions. The reason for the protest remains unknown, although previous demonstrations were related to poor service delivery. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes for the duration of the protest. Local authorities have been dispatched to the area to monitor the situation.

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTHERN CAPE – 23 AUG 2022
• KIMBERLEY – 23 AUG 2022 (06H00) The Sol Plaatjie Municipality announced a temporary electricity interruption is scheduled to take place today, 23 August 2022, from 08H00 until 12H00. The Municipality stated that the interruption is to allow technical employees to do necessary maintenance work on electricity lines. The Municipality further noted that the areas that will be affected include Lerato Park, Roodepan and Midlands. The Municipality stated that if the maintenance work is done before the given time, all stakeholders will be informed in time.
• KIMBERLEY – 23 AUG 2022 (09H55) Protest reported at the Hendrietta Stockdale Nursing College (HSNC) in Kimberley. Reports indicate that nursing students are protesting against poor infrastructure and inadequate resources at the college. The students are calling on the Member of the Executive Council (MEC) for Health, Maruping Lekwene, to address their concerns. Motorists are advised to avoid the area as the students barricaded Memorial Road with burning tyres and debris. Local authorities have been dispatched to the area to monitor the situation.

SOUTH AFRICA – WESTERN CAPE – 23 AUG 2022
• CAPE TOWN – 23 AUG 2022 (13H45) Protest expected at the Parliament from 10H00 on Wednesday, 24 August 2022. South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) Western Cape is mobilising the community and workers to participate in the National Day of Action against increased fuel prices, energy crisis, escalating unemployment and poverty in the country. Participants are scheduled to assemble at Keizersgracht from 08H00 to hold a provincial march to the City of Cape Town, Department of Mineral Resources and Energy, Provincial Government and Parliament. Motorists are advised of ground travel disruptions expected during the march. Police will be deployed to monitor the event.
• CAPE TOWN – 23 AUG 2022 (14H15) Liquor traders in Cape Town’s townships are planning an industrial strike. Liquor traders are meeting in Nyanga today, 23 August 2022, to address challenges relating to changes in liquor laws. The traders stated that according to the new stipulations, businesses found to have violated liquor laws would not be registered automatically for trading in 2023. Liquor traders from townships around Cape Town are threatening to put others out of business. The liquor traders claim that the Western Cape Government is biased for allowing popular retail liquor outlets to operate in their communities. The Western Cape Government has previously stated that the industry needs to be regulated. It also said some liquor traders are violating laws that could be damaging to the industry.
• MOSSEL BAY – 23 AUG 2022 (16H00) UPDATE Executive Mayor of Mossel Bay, Dirk Kotzé met with the group of demonstrators at the KwaNonqaba Police Station. Five suspects were arrested this morning in connection with the protest. The demonstrators demand their release. (11H15) Reports indicate that the demonstrators vacated the area, and clean-up operations are underway at Sampson Street, Mayxhale and Louis Fourie Road. Motorists are still advised to remain vigilant when passing through the area. (06H55) Protest reported on Sampson Street. Reports indicate that the demonstrators are throwing stones and barricading the road with burning tyres and debris. The Municipal Traffic Department also closed the Mayxhale and Louis Fourie Road as the demonstrators are moving towards the Central Business District (CBD) of Mossel Bay. Motorists are advised to avoid the roads mentioned above. Local authorities are currently on the scene to monitor the situation.

UPCOMING EVENTS – 23 AUG 2022
• 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.
• KIMBERLEY: Protest expected at Kamo from 09H00 on Wednesday, 24 August 2022.
• BLOEMFONTEIN: Protest expected at the Premier’s Office from 09H00 on Wednesday, 24 August 2022.
• POLOKWANE/ PIETERSBURG: Protest expected in Polokwane from 09H00 on Wednesday, 24 August 2022.
• DURBAN: Protest expected in Durban from 09H00 on Wednesday, 24 August 2022.
• KLERKSDORP: Protest expected at the Department of Mineral Resources in Klerksdorp from 09H00 on Wednesday, 24 August 2022.
• MAHIKENG: Protest expected at the Legislature from 09H00 on Wednesday, 24 August 2022.
• CAPE TOWN: Protest expected at the Parliament from 10H00 on Wednesday, 24 August 2022.
• BLOEMFONTEIN: Peaceful protest expected at the Bloemfontein High Court on Thursday, 25 August 2022.
• VEREENIGING: Peaceful protest expected at the Vereeniging Police Station on Saturday, 27 August 2022, from 12H00.
• JOHANNESBURG: Operation Dudula announced that they are expected to launch branches in various areas in South Africa on 27 August 2022.
• RUSTENBURG – 19 AUG 2022 (16H15) The African National Congress (ANC) 9th Provincial Conference is expected to resume on Saturday, 27 August 2022, until Sunday, 28 August 2022.
• 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.
• SOWETO: The Mayor of Johannesburg, Mpho Phalatse, announced that he is expected to meet residents of Soweto on Saturday, 10 September 2022.
• GQEBERHA/ PORT ELIZABETH: Peaceful protest expected at Hobie Beach on Saturday, 17 September 2022, from 14H00.
• 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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