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20220902 1900 WILLSHIR SOUTH AFRICA TIMELINE
SOUTH AFRICA – EASTERN CAPE – 02 SEP 2022
• BETHELSDORP – 02 SEP 2022 (07H30) The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality has announced a power outage due to the Bloemendal substation’s Fember North 11 kilovolt (kV) Oil Circuit Breaker, which had tripped. The affected areas include Bloemendal, Heath Park, Aspen Heights and surrounding areas. Staff technicians have been deployed to the scene and are attending to the restoration of supply. Relevant updates will be provided as the situation progresses.
• GQEBERHA/ PORT ELIZABETH – 02 SEP 2022 (08H10) Motorists are advised to remain vigilant due to possible hijacking along Mission Road in Gqeberha. Reports indicate that unidentified suspects obstruct traffic in an attempt to stop the targetted vehicle. Police have been made aware of the situation and will remain on high alert.
• EAST LONDON – 02 SEP 2022 (15H00) The owner of the Enyobeni tavern and his spouse are expected to appear in the Magistrate’s Court in East London today, 02 September 2022. The accused are facing charges of allowing underage patrons in their establishment and selling alcohol to them. The spouse appears in court as she is the liquor license holder. Relatives of the victims of the tavern in Scenery Park have requested the toxicology results. However, the Provincial Government’s Spokesperson, Siyanda Manana, stated that the toxicology is confidential.
SOUTH AFRICA – FREE STATE – 02 SEP 2022
• TROMPSBURG – 02 SEP 2022 (15H20) The Government reportedly owes the Trompsburg-based Kopanong Local Municipality in the Free State R45 million in rates and taxes. In the past, the Municipality has delayed paying its workers and service providers due to financial challenges. The National Government owes the Municipality R25 million, and the remainder is owed by the Provincial Departments. Meanwhile, the Kopanong Local Municipality has threatened to cut services to schools, libraries, and hospitals. The Municipality stated that this is due to the Government that has failed to settle accounts.
SOUTH AFRICA – GAUTENG – 02 SEP 2022
• TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 02 SEP 2022 (04H00) President Cyril Ramaphosa is scheduled to travel to the United States (US) to engage in discussions with US President Joe Biden at the White House in Washington on Friday, 16 September 2022. During the visit, Ramaphosa and Biden are expected to discuss bilateral matters in the sectors of trade, investment, climate and energy. Discussions are also expected to include collaboration in efforts to address regional and global challenges of mutual concern.
• TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 02 SEP 2022 (05H20) Public Utility Transport Corporation (PUTCO) bus services are expected to remain disrupted by the ongoing illegal strike action today, 02 September 2022, until further notice. This follows as employees are expected to continue the stay-away demonstration in demand of their unpaid bonuses from 2020. The bus drivers previously also barricaded entrances to bus depots in Gauteng and Mpumalanga yesterday, 01 September 2022. PUTCO Management has since engaged in extensive meetings with labour unions, who have confirmed that the illegal work stoppage is an unled action. Workers participating in the unlawful strike have also been given notices to return to work to avoid disciplinary charges being levelled against them. PUTCO is also expected to apply for a court interdict if the illegal strike action continues. Motorists are advised to exercise vigilance when travelling in affected areas.
• AKASIA – 02 SEP 2022 (11H00) The Police have arrested five suspects involved in a shooting on Metropolitan Police Officers on Doreen Avenue in The Orchards on Thursday morning, 01 September 2022. Akasia Police Spokesperson Lindiwe Mabasa stated that the Metropolitan Police officers noticed a suspicious vehicle speeding. The Police followed the vehicle and requested the suspects to stop. When Police ordered the five suspects to exit the vehicle, the suspects opened fire, and the officers retaliated. Three officers and a suspect were shot during the shootout. The injured officers and the suspect were transported to nearby hospitals for treatment. Police recovered a pistol, empty magazine and a black toy gun, and a stolen television. It is alleged that the suspects had returned from a house robbery in The Orchards. The suspects have been charged with attempted murder.
• JOHANNESBURG – 02 SEP 2022 (11H20) President Cyril Ramaphosa has outlined six key factors that need to be addressed for South Africa’s economy to improve. In a keynote address to Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) on Thursday, 01 September 2022, Ramaphosa called on large businesses to unite with the Government to overcome challenges through sharing resources, expertise and capabilities. The factors Ramaphosa outlined include stabilising the country’s energy supply, ensuring an effective and sustainable supply of water, fixing rail and port infrastructure, realise the full export potential of the economy, unlocking investment in infrastructure, combating crime and corruption and improving the functioning of municipalities. Ramaphosa stated that to address these factors, the Government and businesses must agree on a mechanism for collaboration and finalise the Framework for a Social Compact in South Africa. Ramaphosa stated that the Government is working on a new energy plan to stabilise the national power grid. Detailed work is underway to finalise a sustainable solution to Eskom’s debt by October 2022. The president stated that the Government is undertaking reforms in the water sector to strengthen governance and increase investment in infrastructure to ensure a sustainable supply of quality water. The Government have prioritised the establishment of a National Water Resources Infrastructure Agency to undertake the building, operation, financing and maintenance of national water resources assets. Ramaphosa stated that the Government is addressing both policy and operational issues in the import and export sector. The new Economic Regulation of Transport Bill, once finalised, will provide for open and non-discriminatory third-party access to the rail network and the establishment of a Transport Economic Regulator. The National Treasury’s budget has seen a 30% increase in spending on public infrastructure. On the topic of corruption, Ramaphosa announced appointments to the National Anti-Corruption Advisory Council, which is set to oversee the Government’s anti-corruption strategy and the implementation of the recommendations of the Zondo Commission. Ramaphosa stated that municipal administrations are in disarray and the new Local Municipal Systems Amendment Bill will improve the functioning of municipalities.
• TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 02 SEP 2022 (12H30) The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed the sixth case of monkeypox in South Africa. South Africa is among four countries that recorded new cases of monkeypox. Since the start of 2022, over 4000 cases have been reported. The countries affected during this past week include the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Morocco, Nigeria and South Africa.
• ALEXANDRA – 02 SEP 2022 (16H20) Learners held a demonstration at Alexandra High School on Thursday, 01 September 2022. Classes were disrupted due to an argument between learners and the school Principal regarding spring day celebrations. The learners vandalised school property and discharged fire extinguishers. Alexandra High School is closed until further notice.
SOUTH AFRICA – KWAZULU-NATAL – 02 SEP 2022
• KWADUKUZA – 02 SEP 2022 (06H35) UPDATE Protest is ongoing on Jupiter Drive in Glen Hills, near to KwaDukuza. Demonstrators have blockaded the road with debris and burning tyres. Previous demonstrations are related to poor service delivery. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Police have been deployed to the scene. (01H20) Protest reported on Jupiter Drive in the vicinity of Glen Hills, KwaDukuza. Reports indicate that community members are barricading the roadway with burning tyres. Previous demonstrations in the area had been related to poor service delivery issues. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Authorities have been dispatched to the scene.
• PIETERMARITZBURG – 02 SEP 2022 (07H00) Protest expected at the Department of Transport on Burger Street in Pietermaritzburg today, 02 September 2022, from 10H00 by the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU). Members of POPCRU will lead a lunchtime picket to demand wage increases, collective bargaining and against the high cost of living. Motorists are advised to be vigilant for the duration of the protest.
• PIETERMARITZBURG – 02 SEP 2022 (13H30) UPDATE Members of POPCRU are protesting at the Department of Correctional Services on College Road. The demonstrators are barricading College Road between Mc Alister Avenue to Topham Road. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. (09H30) Protest expected at the Department of Correctional Services on College Road in Pietermaritzburg today, 02 September 2022, from 13H00 by the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU). Members of POPCRU will lead a lunchtime picket to demand wage increases, collective bargaining and against the high cost of living. Motorists are advised to be vigilant for the duration of the protest.
• PIETERMARITZBURG – 02 SEP 2022 (13H50) The South African National Taxi Council in KwaZulu-Natal is urging taxi operators to avoid exploiting drivers for profits. This follows after drivers from the Umgungundlovu region had collaborated together to raise concerns about low wages. Some claim to be earning as little as R90 per day. The group had also threatened to stop working. The South African National Taxi Council (SANTACO) Spokesperson Sifiso Shangase stated that it has reached out to the associations the drivers belong to, urging them to find an immediate solution.
• DURBAN – 02 SEP 2022 (14H00) UPDATE Approximately 20 to 25 Municipal City heavy vehicles are driving slow on Springfield Road near Makro. The demonstrators are obstructing traffic. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. (12H10) Public sector workers are peacefully marching on Masabalala Yengwa Avenue/ M12 in the vicinity of the Sasol Garage, heading south. The demonstrators are marching to the Durban Metropolitan Electricity Department. Motorists are advised to be vigilant. Traffic flow is being directed. (09H20) Demonstrations reported on Electron Road in Umgeni Business Park. Community members are protesting outside the Durban Metro Electricity Central Depot. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Police have been deployed to the area. (04H55) Protest reported on the Umgeni Interchange approaching the M19 off-ramp in the vicinity of Recreation, Durban. Community members are reportedly burning tyres on the roadway. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Police have been deployed to the scene.
SOUTH AFRICA – LIMPOPO – 02 SEP 2022
• THOHOYANDOU – 02 SEP 2022 (06H00) Protest expected at the Tshilidzini Hospital in Thohoyandou today, 02 September 2022. Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Vhembe Region members are expected to conduct a service delivery picket outside the hospital. Participants are expected to assemble at the Shayandima Shoprite store from 10H00 to march to the Tshilidzini Hospital. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant when travelling in the affected area during the march. Police will be dispatched to monitor the event.
• JANE FURSE – 02 SEP 2022 (06H00) The Ministry of Police is scheduled to host a Ministerial Rural Safety Imbizo in Jane Furse, Limpopo, from 10H00 today, 02 September 2022. Police Minister General Bheki Cele is expected to hold community engagement in an effort to address crime concerns related to rural safety and incidents of stock theft being experienced in the area. The event is set to be held at the Mamone Sports Ground in Jane Furse.
• THABAZIMBI – 02 SEP 2022 (06H15) Protest reported on the R510 at the Northam Platinum Zondereinde Mine in Thabazimbi. The demonstrators have embarked on industrial action and have blockaded the entrance to the mine. Previous demonstrations are related to community protests against the selective employment and participation of local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMMEs). Motorists are advised to remain cautious. Police are on the scene.
• PHALABORWA – 02 SEP 2022 (11H50) Protest reported on the R40 at the four-way stop between Phalaborwa and Mica. Community members have barricaded the road with stones and debris. The demonstrators are protesting due to a heavy motor vehicle accident involving a pedestrian. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes.
• POLOKWANE/ PIETERSBURG – 02 SEP 2022 (12H45) Chairperson of Seshego Community Against Crime and Gangsterism, Vincent Kunutu, held a meeting with the Executive Mayor of Polokwane Municipality John Mpe, in Seshego. The meeting aimed at addressing service delivery concerns affecting the residents of Seshego. Residents have raised concerns regarding the wrong billing of water and electricity services, title deeds and housing and stand allocation. The residents have given the Municipality seven days to respond to their memorandum of demands delivered at the Municipality on Tuesday, 30 August 2022.
SOUTH AFRICA – MPUMALANGA – 02 SEP 2022
• BUSHBUCKRIDGE – 02 SEP 2022 (08H00) UPDATE Temporary road closure reported on the R40 in Dwarsloop due to an ongoing crime scene following a CIT robbery. Relevant authorities are on the scene. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route. (07H40) Cash in transit (CIT) robbery reported on the R40 at Dwarsloop between Acornhoek and Bushbuckridge. Unidentified suspects have robbed a cash van. Reports indicate that the cash van has overturned and another vehicle had caught alight. Members of the public are advised to avoid the area. Police are on the scene and assessing the situation.
• MBOMBELA/ NELSPRUIT – 02 SEP 2022 (10H20) Mpumalanga Police Commissioner Semakaleng Manamela and Provincial Police Spoksperson Selvy Mohlala are expected to testify in the murder trial of Hillary Gardee. Their appearance in court relates to the alleged confession made by one of the four suspects while in custody. The four accused are facing charges of murder, conspiracy to murder, kidnapping, sexual assault, possession of firearms, and defeating the ends of justice. Mohlala stated that they are still unsure when they will be called to testify.
• KAMHLUSHWA – 02 SEP 2022 (11H40) UPDATE Police have cleared the R570 to Kamhlushwa and D797 to Tonga Mall. Police have removed the stones and debris from the roadway. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. Police are monitoring the situation. (09H00) Road closure reported on the R570 to kamhlushwa and D797 to Tonga Mall between Kamhlushwa and Tonga. Residents of Mzinti in Nkomazi have blocked the road with stones and debris. Motorists are advised to use the N4 to Komatipoort.
• MIDDELBURG – 02 SEP 2022 (13H20) Protest reported outside the Middelburg Magistrate Court by Municipal employees. The Municipal employees are protesting in support of late Tshepo Maseko’s family. PPP Protection and Security guard, Nqubeko Bright Mchunu, is appearing in court for a formal bail application. Mchunu faces charges of murder and attempted murder, after he allegedly opened fire on striking employees at the Steve Tshwete Local Municipality, where he was deployed as a security guard. Tshepo Maseko was killed and three others wounded during the shooting. Police have cordoned off Walter Sisulu Street at the courthouse. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes.
SOUTH AFRICA – NORTH WEST – 02 SEP 2022
• CHRISTIANA – 02 SEP 2022 (14H50) UPDATE The N12 outside Christiana heading towards Warrenton has been reopened to traffic. The demonstrators have dispersed. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. Police are monitoring the situation. (10H40) Protest reported on the N12 outside Christiana heading towards Warrenton. The demonstrators are barricading the road. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Public Order Police are on the scene.
• KLERKSDORP – 02 SEP 2022 (16H40) UPDATE Members of the EFF are arriving at the City of Matlosana Municipality Hall for registrations for the North West Provincial People’s Assembly. Motorists are advised to be vigilant. (06H00) The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) is expected to hold its Provincial People Assemblies (PPA’s) from 09H00 between 02 September 2022 and 04 September 2022 at the City of Matlosana Municipality Hall in Klerksdorp. The process aims to allow delegates in branches across the country to elect their respective provincial leadership structures.
SOUTH AFRICA – NORTHERN CAPE – 02 SEP 2022
• KIMBERLEY – 02 SEP 2022 (09H40) Protest reported outside the Tswelopele Department of Correctional Centre in Kimberley. Employees at the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) affiliated with the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) have embarked on a strike in demand of wage increases, collective bargaining and against the high cost of living. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant.
SOUTH AFRICA – WESTERN CAPE – 02 SEP 2022
• CAPE TOWN – 02 SEP 2022 (14H10) UPDATE Protest reported on Borcherds Quarry Road/ M22 off ramps to Nyanga. Traffic has no access to the N2. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes and avoid the area. Police are on the scene. (13H10) Police have opened cases of public violence and malicious damage to property when one bus was set alight at the off-ramp on R300 from Mitchells Plain. Three Police vehicles attending the protest were stoned, and damaged, and another Police vehicle parked next to the police station was partially burned. (09H50) Authorities have announced that the N2 inbound at R300 Road at Crossroads has been reopened to traffic. Motorists are advised to drive with caution. Police are on the scene. (09H00) Authorities have announced that the demonstrators set the Nyanga local clinic alight. This comes as the local taxi operators have embarked on a strike due to the impounding of their taxis by the City of Cape Town. Reports also indicate that the demonstrators have set alight a Police vehicle. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Relevant authorities have been deployed to the area. (08H40) Demonstrations reported on Luzuko Drive, in Khayelitsha. Reports indicate that the demonstrators have set a vehicle alight. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route and avoid the R300/ Kuils River Road. Police are on the scene. (08H30) Motorists are advised to remain vigilant due to taxi violence in the Nyanga, Phillipi and Samora Machel areas. The City of Cape Town has advised motorists to use an alternative route and avoid the mentioned areas. The roads which had been affected include the R300 South and Northbound to the N2 Inbound due to the ongoing protest action. Metro Poice has advised motorists to avoid Klipfontein, Borcheds Quarry, Duinefontein and Govan Mbeki and New Eisleben Roads. Cape Town Traffic Services Spokesperson, Kevin Jacobs, stated that the demonstrators increased disruption at the intersections of Sheffield and Eisleben and the Samora Machel area. According to Jacobs, the taxi violence is due to the City of Cape Town clamping down on illegal taxis operating without valid permits in accordance with the National Land Transport Act. (07H10) Road closure reported on R300 Cape Flats towards the N2 inbound. Reports indicate that the demonstrators have set a bus alight. Several roads have been affected, including the off-ramps towards the N2. Police are on the scene. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. (06H50) Road closure reported on Lansdowne road, in Browns Farm towards Nyanga. Demonstrators have set a passenger bus alight. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Metro Police are on the scene to divert traffic. (06H50) Taxi blockade reported on the N2 Road in the Nyanga area. Several roads have been disrupted in Gugulethu and Philippi, including Borcherds Quarry Road at the N2 Highway. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route. Police are aware of the situation. (06H30) Protest reported on M9/ Govan Mbeki Road in the vicinity of Phillipi, Cape Town. Community members have blockaded the road with burning tyres and debris. Police are on the scene and are attempting to disperse the crowd. Motorists are advised to avoid Duinefontein Road and Govan Mbeki Road.
UPCOMING EVENTS – 02 SEP 2022
• TSHWANE/ PRETORIA: President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to address the annual South African Police Service (SAPS) Commemoration Day on Sunday, 04 September 2022, from 10H00.
• DURBAN: Protest expected at the South African Police Service on Bram Fischer Road in Durban on Tuesday, 06 September 2022, from 11H00 by the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU).
• TSHWANE/ PRETORIA: Protest expected at the Public Protectors office in Tshwane on Friday, 09 September 2022, by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).
• DURBAN: The African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) in KwaZulu-Natal is expected to hold its 10th Provincial Conference from Friday, 09 September, until Sunday, 11 September 2022, at the International Convention Centre (ICC) Complex.
• SOWETO: The Mayor of Johannesburg, Mpho Phalatse, announced that he is expected to meet residents of Soweto on Saturday, 10 September 2022.
• PIETERMARITZBURG: Protest expected at the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Treasury on Chief Albert Luthuli Street in Pietermaritzburg on Wednesday, 14 September 2022, from 11H00 by the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU).
• TSHWANE/ PRETORIA: President Cyril Ramaphosa is scheduled to travel to the United States (US) to engage in discussions with US President Joe Biden at the White House in Washington on Friday, 16 September 2022.
• GQEBERHA/ PORT ELIZABETH: Peaceful protest expected at Hobie Beach on Saturday, 17 September 2022, from 14H00.
• JOHANNESBURG: Protest expected on 20 September 2022 by the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU).
• VEREENIGING: Peaceful protest expected at the Vereeniging Police Station on Saturday, 08 October 2022, from 12H00.
• 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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