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20220908 1900 WILLSHIR SOUTH AFRICA TIMELINE

September 8

SOUTH AFRICA – EASTERN CAPE – 08 SEP 2022
• GQEBERHA/ PORT ELIZABETH – 08 SEP 2022 (06H30) Protest reported on the R75 in the locality of the ETC Conference Centre. Reports indicate that demonstrators barricaded the road with burning tyres and debris. Community members are protesting due to poor service delivery in the area. Motorists are advised to use the M19 as an alternative route. Local authorities are currently on the scene to monitor the situation.

SOUTH AFRICA – FREE STATE – 08 SEP 2022
• BLOEMFONTEIN – 08 SEP 2022 (08H45) The Department of Tourism’s COVID-19 fund appeal case is expected to be held in the Bloemfontein Constitutional Court today, 08 September 2022. The Department is appealing the 2021 ruling by the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein, which ruled in favour of Solidarity and Afriforum. The court ruled that it was unlawful for the Tourism Minister to require that tourism businesses meet Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) requirements in order to be considered for relief from the government’s COVID-19 fund.
• BLOEMFONTEIN – 08 SEP 2022 (08H55) Spokesperson of the National Prosecution Authority’s Investigative Directorate, Sindisiwe Seboka, announced that the Vrede Dairy Project case is expected back in the Bloemfontein High Court today, 08 September 2022. Seboka stated that the court will be dealing with the case management session aimed at finalising the outstanding procedures ahead of the trial scheduled from 23 January 2023 until 03 March 2023. Seboka stated that R25 million had been allegedly looted from the Vrede Dairy Project by eight suspects, which include the Gupta Lieutenant Iqbal Sharma, former Free State Departmental Accounting Officer and representatives of involved companies, which are facing charges of fraud and corruption.
• GELUK – 08 SEP 2022 (13H40) Road closure reported on the N3 between Geluk and the Wilge Toll Plaza. The road is closed in both directions due to a heavy motor vehicle accident. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Recovery is in progress.
• BLOEMFONTEIN – 08 SEP 2022 (16H30) The Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality revealed in the waste and fleet management collection report that the lack of diesel had hindered service providers from removing refuse across parts of the municipality. The availability of refuse trucks has also contributed to poor service delivery, with only one truck available in some areas. The Metropolitan has previously been analysed for an alleged missing R500,000 meant to purchase diesel for the municipality’s fleet. The Acting City Manager, Tebogo Motlashuping, confirmed that he had approved a payment of R500,000 to buy diesel and explained that there was never a loss of funds.

SOUTH AFRICA – GAUTENG – 08 SEP 2022
• VEREENIGING – 08 SEP 2022 (06H00) Deputy President David Mabuza, as the Chairperson of the Human Resource Development Council (HRDC), is expected to address a meeting of the Council today, 08 September 2022, from 08H00 at the Sedibeng TVET College, Gauteng Province. The meeting will focus on the progress made since the fourth HRDC Summit that took place in August 2021, as well as discuss the Council’s performance in implementing its mandate. On the agenda of the meeting is the Digital and Future Skills Strategy. The Strategy seeks to address the development of digital skills relevant for the 21st century in South Africa, from early childhood development to post-school education and training, in the workplace and across the entire society. The Council will also discuss Entrepreneurship in Basic Education from Grade R-12. Furthermore, the meeting will receive an update on the HRDC Strategy, which the Council revised to ensure that it adequately responds to the current human resource development context.
• JOHANNESBURG – 08 SEP 2022 (08H00) Operation Dudula announced that they will hold a media briefing today, 08 September 2022, in Johannesburg. Operation Dudula stated that during the meeting, they are expected to announce the plans of the movement to intensify their campaign against foreign nationals employed in South Africa (SA), foreign nationals living in hijacked buildings and taking legal action against the Kalefong Hospital management. Operation Dudula further noted that they instructed their attorneys to apply for direct access to the Constitutional Court to interdict the Minister of Home Affairs from extending permits to Zimbabwean nationals.
• TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 08 SEP 2022 (12H15) Agriculture Minister Thoko Didiza announced that the 21-day ban on cattle movement has been lifted. Didiza stated that the ban prohibited farmers from moving cattle after an outbreak of foot and mouth disease. Didiza further noted that the department will continue with its surveillance and vaccination against this disease in areas where it is still active. Didiza urged farmers to refrain from illegally moving cattle and to observe the department’s health protocols.
• TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 08 SEP 2022 (14H15) Protest reported at the Public Utility Transport Corporation (PUTCO) on the M1 in Roseville by bus drivers. The PUTCO employees are barricading the entrance of the company. PUTCO employees are demanding their bonuses from 2020 until 2022, and 6% back pay before adhering to the dismissal notices from the PUTCO management. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Police are monitoring the situation.
• JOHANNESBURG – 08 SEP 2022 (14H30) The Labour Court has granted the Public Utility Transport Corporation (PUTCO) an interdict to prevent striking employees from blocking the entrances to depots. Employees embarked on a strike at the company last week, demanding a 6% salary increase and bonus payments dating back to 2020. PUTCO has declined to pay the bonuses since the matter is before the Labour Court. More than 150,000 commuters have been affected across Gauteng and parts of Mpumalanga.
• TEMBISA – 08 SEP 2022 (16H00) UPDATE Police have mobilised maximum resources after a police officer was fatally shot and another two wounded during an armed robbery at a filling station in Tembisa this morning, 08 September 2022. A group of armed suspects entered a filling station on Andrew Mapheto Drive and robbed the convenience store of an undisclosed amount of money and cigarettes. (11H25) Robbery reported at Sasol Garage on 3354 Andrew Mapheto Drive. Reports indicate that when local authorities responded to the panic alert, 15 suspects opened fire on them. The shootout left three police officials and one security officer injured. The suspects disarmed the officials and fled the scene. Motorists are advised to be vigilant in the area. Local authorities launched a search operation for the armed suspects.

SOUTH AFRICA – KWAZULU-NATAL – 08 SEP 2022
• UMLAZI – 08 SEP 2022 (08H25) Protest reported on the M35 in the locality of the Umlazi informal settlement. 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 poor service delivery. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes for the duration of the protest. Local authorities are currently on the scene to monitor the situation.
• PIETERMARITZBURG – 08 SEP 2022 (10H00) Protest reported on Willowfountain Road in the locality of the Edendale informal settlement. Reports indicate that the demonstrators barricaded the road with burning tyres and debris. The reason for the protest is due to poor service delivery in the area. Motorists are advised to avoid the area for the duration of the protest. Local authorities have been dispatched to the area to monitor the situation.
• DURBAN – 08 SEP 2022 (13H30) Protest reported on West Street in Durban Central Business District. The Department of Social Welfare (DSW) are marching for improved working conditions and salary increases. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Police are on the scene.
• PIETERMARITZBURG – 08 SEP 2022 (14H00) Police have launched a murder investigation at the Msunduzi Secondary School on Church Street in Pietermaritzburg. The Headmaster of the school has been fatally shot this morning, 08 September 2022, at approximately 09H15. The reason for the shooting is unknown at this stage. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Police and all the necessary authorities are at the scene.
• MELMOTH – 08 SEP 2022 (14H40) Protest reported on the R66 approximately 8 kilometres from Melmoth heading towards eShowe. Community members are barricading the road with burning tyres and debris. The demonstrators are protesting due to poor service delivery. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes and avoid the area. Police are on the scene, directing the traffic flow.
• WASBANK – 08 SEP 2022 (17H50) UPDATE The R602 between Dundee and Ladysmith remain closed to traffic due to the ongoing protest. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Police are monitoring the situation. (06H25) Protest reported on the R602 in the locality of Wasbank. Reports indicate that demonstrators barricaded several roads in Wasbank and the R602 with burning tyres and debris. The reason for the protest is due to the residents not having access to water since Friday, 02 September 2022. Motorists are advised to use the R68 as an alternative route towards Ladysmith. Local authorities are on the scene to monitor the situation.

SOUTH AFRICA – LIMPOPO – 08 SEP 2022
• PIETERSBURG/ POLOKWANE – 08 SEP 2022 (10H00) Leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) political party, Julius Malema, is expected to address the Black Lawyers Associations Annual General Meeting on Saturday, 10 September 2022, at 09H30 at the Meropa Hotel and Casino.
• NORTHAM – 08 SEP 2022 (18H10) Police have arrested five suspects for the murder of 59-year-old male victim Nikolaas Steenkamp on a farm near Northam. Employees found the victim’s body on Maroelasfontein farm on Tuesday, 06 September 2022, a day after he went missing. Police Spokesperson Malesela Ledwaba stated that the victim went to work on a pump with an employee on Monday, 05 September 2022. Steenkamp then left the employee and was not seen again until his body was found by other employees the next day. The suspects stole jewellery, a laptop and a cellphone. Police apprehended four workers on Wednesday, 09 September 2022, and recovered the stolen possessions. On Wednesday evening, Limpopo Police traced the fifth suspect to a location in Holfontein, North West.

SOUTH AFRICA – MPUMALANGA – 08 SEP 2022
• EMALAHENI/ WITBANK – 08 SEP 2022 (06H00) Protest expected at the Witbank Area Commissioner’s Office on Thursday, 08 September 2022, from 12H00 until 14H00, by members of 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. Local authorities will be deployed to monitor the situation.
• MBOMBELA/ NELSPRUIT – 08 SEP 2022 (06H00) Protest expected at the Mbombela Area Commissioner’s Office today, 08 September 2022, from 12H00 until 14H00, by members of 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. Local authorities will be deployed to monitor the situation.
• KOMATI – 08 SEP 2022 (12H00) Eskom announced the signing of an agreement with the South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre (SARETEC) to improve the local renewable energy workforce. Eskom stated that the agreement will see SARETEC assisting Eskom in equipping its workforce with renewable energy skills, which is vital for implementing the Eskom Just Energy Transition Strategy. SARETEC will assist Eskom in establishing a renewable energy training facility over the next three years, whereby artisans and technicians at the utility’s Komati Power Station will be trained. Eskom stated that the agreement will also ensure that they meet their net-zero carbon emissions target by 2050.

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTH WEST – 08 SEP 2022
• RUSTENBURG – 08 SEP 2022 (06H05) Protest expected by members of the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) today, 08 September 2022, at the Area Commissioners’ office for the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) of Mafikeng, Klerksdorp and Rustenburg. 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. Local authorities will be deployed to monitor the situation.
• BRITS – 08 SEP 2022 (07H45) UPDATE Reports indicate that the roads have been re-opened for normal traffic flow. Motorists are still advised to remain vigilant when driving through the area. (05H35) Protest reported on the R566 and R512 intersection in the vicinity of Bokfontein informal settlement. Reports indicate that demonstrators barricaded the R566 and R512 with burning tyres and debris. The reason for the protest remains unknown, although previous demonstrations were related to poor service delivery in the area. Motorists are advised to avoid the areas and use alternative routes. Local authorities have been dispatched to the area to monitor the situation.
• GANYESA – 08 SEP 2022 (12H45) Protest reported at the Kagisano Molopo Local Municipality. Reports indicate that members of the public closed the Municipality and are demanding the resignation of the Municipal Manager (MM), Theophilus Bojosinyane. The protest is due to poor service delivery in the areas and awarding tenders to contractors without any improvements being made. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Local authorities are currently on the scene to monitor the situation.
• ORKNEY – 08 SEP 2022 (17H55) UPDATE Taxi operators have dispersed outside the #10 Tau Lekoa Mine near Orkney. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. Police are monitoring the situation. (15H45) Protest reported at the #10 Tau Lekoa Mine near Orkney. Taxi operators are barricading the entrance route to the mine. The reason for the protest is unknown at this stage. This follows after taxi operators and commuters held a protest on Monday, 05 September, and Tuesday, 06 September 2022, in the Stilfontein and Khuma areas due to increased taxi fares and taxi permits. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Public Order Police have been dispatched to the scene.

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTHERN CAPE – 08 SEP 2022
• KIMBERLEY – 08 SEP 2022 (12H00) Protest reported at the Kimberly Old Correctional Centre by members of the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU). Members of POPCRU are leading 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. Local authorities are monitoring the situation.

SOUTH AFRICA – WESTERN CAPE – 08 SEP 2022
• CAPE TOWN – 08 SEP 2022 (15H00) The Equality Court, sitting in the Western Cape High Court, has ordered the City of Cape town to amend its housing allocation policy. The order was granted on Wednesday, 07 September 2022, after the Woman’s Legal Centre (WLC) along with the Legal Resource Centre (LRC) challenged the City’s housing allocation policy known as Housing Schemes Constructed by a Local Authority. The legal groups stated that the policy is inconsistent with the Constitution as it discriminates against women. The parties took issue with the policy where the City allocated housing opportunities to male beneficiaries. The City is required to amend its housing allocation records to reflect parties who were married at the time of the housing opportunity are regarded as equal beneficiaries.
• CAPE TOWN – 08 SEP 2022 (16H50) The Government has purchased land to accommodate the relocation of the illegal occupants on the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) Central Line in Cape Town. The corridor has not been in operation since October 2019 due to theft and vandalism of the rail infrastructure and illegal occupation of the rail tracks and reserves. The recovery of the Central Line corridor is being implemented in phases to achieve partial resumption and provide limited service. The Housing Development Agency (HDA), an agency of the Department of Human Settlement, was appointed to coordinate and facilitate the relocation program. The Department of Transport and HDA have concluded a service level agreement to undertake the implementation of the relocation programme. Phase 1 of the service resumption provides a limited service on the network between Cape Town and Bellville, through Pinelands and Sarepta, and to Nyanga station. The limited service resumed on 26 July 2022 on the Bellville section of the network. Phase 2 of the Central Line provides limited service beyond Nyanga station on the network of Cape Town to Chris Hani station in Khayelitsha and Kapteinsklip station in Mitchells Plain. The limited service is planned to resume on 12 December 2022. However, the ongoing security incidents and interruptions of the infrastructure recovery works are placing the planned resumption date at risk. PRASA has already lost two months of infrastructure work as a result of incidents at Bonteheuwel, Split, Netreg and Heideveld stations. PRASA is improving its security plan to respond aggressively to these security incidents. This security plan is already integrating all law enforcement unit, including the South African Police Service (SAPS), the City’s Law Enforcement Units and PRASA Security, among others.

UPCOMING EVENTS – 08 SEP 2022
• EAST LONDON: The South African Local Government Association (SALGA) is expected to host the Council of Mayors at the East London International Convention Centre from Wednesday, 08 September, until Thursday, 09 September 2022.
• KIMBERLEY: Protest expected at the Northern Cape Provincial Police office on Friday, 09 September 2022, from 13H00 until 14H00, by members of the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU).
• KEMPTON PARK: Protest expected by members of Operation Dudula at the Department of Safety and Security on Friday, 09 September 2022.
• 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.
• PIETERSBURG/ POLOKWANE: Leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) political party, Julius Malema, is expected to address the Black Lawyers Associations Annual General Meeting on Saturday, 10 September 2022, at 09H30 at the Meropa hotel and Casino.
• POLOKWANE/ PIETERSBURG: Protest expected at the Transport and Community Safety Department on Monday, 12 September 2022, from 13H00 until 14H00, by members of the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU).
• KIMBERLEY: Protest expected at the South African Police Service Kimberly Cluster on Monday, 12 September 2022, from 13H00 until 14H00, by members of the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU).
• MAHIKENG: Protest expected by members of the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) Monday, 12 September 2022, at the Transport and Community Safety office in Mahikeng.
• BISHO: Protest expected by members of the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) Monday, 12 September 2022, at the Provincial Traffic and Community Safety Office from 12H00 until 13H00.
• EAST LONDON: Protest expected by members of the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) Monday, 12 September 2022, at the South African Police Service (SAPS) Provincial Office from 11H00 until 12H00.
• 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).
• MBOMBELA/ NELSPRUIT: Protest expected at the Department of Community Safety, Security And Liaison on Wednesday, 14 September 2022, from 12H00 until 14H00, by members of the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU).
• PIETERMARITZBURG: Protest expected at the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Treasury on Wednesday, 14 September 2022, from 11H00, by members of the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU).
• JOHANNESBURG: Protest expected at the Gauteng Provincial Treasury in Johannesburg on Wednesday, 14 September 2022, from 12H00 until 14H00, by members of the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU).
• CAPE TOWN: Protest expected by members of the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) Wednesday, 14 September 2022, at the Traffic and Community Safety office from 11H00 until 13H00.
• MAHIKENG: Protest expected by members of the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) Wednesday, 14 September 2022, at the Provincial Treasury’s office in Mahikeng.
• JOHANNESBURG: Protest expected at the Gauteng Provincial Traffic and Community Safety Department on Thursday, 15 September 2022, from 12H00 until 14H00, by members of 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.
• CAPE TOWN: Peaceful protest expected at Sea Point Boulevard on Saturday, 17 September 2022, at 11H00.
• JOHANNESBURG: Protest expected on 20 September 2022 by the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU).
• MIDRAND: The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) is expected to hold its 14th COSATU National Congress from Monday, 26 September, until Thursday, 29 September 2022, at Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand.
• 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.
• CAPE TOWN: The African Energy Week (AEW) is expected to take place in Cape Town from 18 October 2022 until 21 October 2022 across several venues at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront.

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