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20220913 1000 WILLSHIR SOUTH AFRICA TIMELINE
SOUTH AFRICA – EASTERN CAPE – 13 SEP 2022
- GQEBERHA/ PORT ELIZABETH – 13 SEP 2022 (08H55) Regional Secretary of the South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) Melikhaya Kortjan announced that employees of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality is expected to embark on an indefinite industrial action. Kortjan stated that employees took the decision to embark on industrial action after various Local Labour Forum (LLF) meetings with the Municipality regarding the once-off payment of R13,500 for work conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Kortjan stated that the Municipality did not adhere to the agreements made. Therefore, employees will embark on industrial action. Kortjan further noted that the exact date of which the industrial action is expected to commence will be communicated to all relevant stakeholders.
SOUTH AFRICA – FREE STATE – 13 SEP 2022
- JAGERSFONTEIN – 13 SEP 2022 (08H25) The Minister of Minerals Resources and Energy, Gwede Mantashe, is expected to visit Jagersfontein today, 13 September 2022. Mantashe is expected to meet with residents who have been affected by the burst dam wall, as well as the company processing the slime dam.
SOUTH AFRICA – GAUTENG – 13 SEP 2022
- ALBERTON – 12 SEP 2022 (19H10) Cash in Transit (CIT) robbery reported on Swartkoppies Road at the Comaro Steet intersection approaching the Brackenhurst area. Suspects are attempting to rob an armoured vehicle. Shots have been fired. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes and avoid the area. Police and emergency services have been dispatched to the scene.
- KEMPTON PARK – 12 SEP 2022 (19H10) Armed robbery reported at the Engen Garage on the corner of Atlas Road and Templehof South Street, Bonaero Park. Four armed suspects robbed the Engen Garage of an undisclosed amount of money and items. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Police have been dispatched to the scene.
- JOHANNESBURG – 12 SEP 2022 (19H30) Gauteng Police have launched a search operation for suspect, Sentious Novans, who is suspected to be involved in multiple cases of arson in Johannesburg. This follows after Novans was previously sentenced to seven years of imprisonment. The suspect is involved in multiple cases of arson, murder and residential burglaries that had occurred in the Eastern and Northern parts of Johannesburg in the previous months. In all the incidents, the suspect would break in at affluent houses and, after stealing property, set the houses alight.
- VOSLOORUS – 12 SEP 2022 (06H10) UPDATE Reports indicate that the N3 and R103 have been re-opened for normal traffic flow. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant when driving on the road. (22H15) Reports indicate that the community members in the area are protesting due to the poor service delivery in the area. This follows as the communities power has been disrupted for seven hours over several days. The demonstrators have halted and set alight a truck that attempted to avoid the protest via the R103. The demonstrators have additionally looted the truck of undisclosed items. Motorists from Durban are advised to disembark the N3 via R23 and continue to the N17 to reconnect to the N3. Furthermore, motorists travelling to Durban are advised to utilise the N17 to the R23 at Carnival City and then return to the N3. Motorists are advised to utilise the supplementary routes to avoid the demonstrations. (21H30) Unrest reported on the N3 in Vosloorus in the vicinity of Spruitview. Heavy motor vehicles have been set alight. The N3 is closed to traffic. Shots have been fired. Motorists and truck drivers are advised to use alternative routes and avoid the area. Police and emergency services are on the scene.
SOUTH AFRICA – KWAZULU-NATAL – 13 SEP 2022
- KWADUKUZA – 13 SEP 2022 (06H00) President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to undertake an investment oversight drive in the KwaZulu-Natal province today, 13 September 2022. The President will officiate the launch of the Hesto Harnesses manufacturing facility in KwaDukuza before participating in the opening of the Sappi Saiccor Mill upgrade and expansion project in Umkomaas. The President’s engagement with these key investments marks the realisation of pledges made by industrialists at the South Africa Investment Conference. The Government welcomed these investments as contributions to South Africa’s efforts at economic reconstruction and recovery and endorsements of South Africa’s standing as an investment destination for domestic and international enterprises. The launch of the Hesto Harnesses manufacturing facility will take place from 08H00 on Gledhow Mill Road, Stanger Central KwaDukuza. The launch of the Sappi Saiccor Mill upgrade and expansion project will take place from 14H00 on R197 Umkomanzi Drift, Umkomaas.
- MUDEN – 13 SEP 2022 (06H35) Protest reported on the R74 in the vicinity of Muden. Demonstrators barricaded the road with stones. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Local authorities have been dispatched to the area to monitor the situation.
SOUTH AFRICA – LIMPOPO – 13 SEP 2022
- PIETERSBURG/ POLOKWANE – 13 SEP 2022 (07H45) The Polokwane High Court is expected to hand down the judgement of the application by the African People’s Convention (APC) party for the unlawful appointment of the Mogalakwena Municipal Manager (MM) Morris Maluleke, which was appointed on 08 August 2022.
SOUTH AFRICA – MPUMALANGA – 13 SEP 2022
- MBOMBELA/ NELSPRUIT – 13 SEP 2022 (07H15) Protest reported at the corner of the R40 and D725 in the locality of the University of Mpumalanga. Reports indicate that the demonstrators barricaded the road and entrance of the University 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 area for the duration of the protest. Local authorities are currently on the scene to monitor the situation.
- OGIES – 13 SEP 2022 (09H05) Eskom announced the implementation of Stage 4 loadshedding from today, 13 September 2022, from 10H00 until 05H00 Thursday, 15 September 2022. Eskom noted that the implementation of Stage 4 loadshedding is due to three units that tripped at the Kendal Power Station. Eskom stated that technicians are currently at the power station to repair the tripped units to restore the power supply.
SOUTH AFRICA – NORTH WEST – 13 SEP 2022
- KLERKSDORP – 13 SEP 2022 (09H25) The spokesperson of the provincial department of education, Elias Malindi, announced that the Klerksdorp Police have launched an investigation regarding the fire on Saturday, 10 September 2022, at the Tsamma Secondary School in Jouberton. Malindi stated that during the fire, four classrooms burned down with stationery and teachers’ files inside. Malindi further noted that the fire at the school caused a setback for the Department of Education, especially with the department currently addressing a backlog of schools being renovated, and the department now has to rebuild a school which had no structural problems.
SOUTH AFRICA – NORTHERN CAPE – 13 SEP 2022
- KURUMAN – 12 SEP 2022 (20H00) Residents of Kuruman in the Northern Cape have raised concerns about the safety of the N14 road between Vryburg and Kuruman. This follows after the mass funeral today, 12 September 2022, of five youths who died in a motor vehicle accident on the N14 road. In addition, eleven people died in a head-on collision last week, and preliminary investigations reveal that one of the two vehicles was trying to overtake when the accident occurred. The funeral of eight people out of the eleven who died during the motor vehicle accident was held today in different locations. Residents maintain that the N14 road is not safe.
SOUTH AFRICA – WESTERN CAPE – 13 SEP 2022
- CAPE TOWN – 12 SEP 2022 (20H30) The Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma announced that she will be available for nomination as a candidate for the African National Congress (ANC) Presidency when the party elects new leadership in December 2022. The COGTA Minister was speaking in Cape Town following an event to mark Heritage Month at the Castle of Good Hope. The event was co-hosted by the Castle and the African Religious and Traditional Leaders Council. Bishop Templeton Mbekwa from the African Religious and Traditional Leaders’ Council stated that communities affected by gangsterism, narcotic abuse, unemployment and gender-based violence had been cited as among the biggest challenges facing the nation. Representatives of various faith and traditional bodies attended the service.
- PLETTENBERG BAY – 12 SEP 2022 (21H20) Unrest reported between foreign nationals and a group of vigilantes in KwaNokuthula, Plettenberg Bay, this evening, Monday 12 September 2022. A group of vigilantes went door to door, forcing foreigners to leave the area. Some foreign nationals have allegedly been assaulted. A group of residents was also marching through the streets, vocalising for foreigners to leave. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Police are on the scene and are monitoring the situation.
- CAPE TOWN – 12 SEP 2022 (23H05) Five suspects are expected to appear before the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, 13 September 2022. The suspects will appear before the courts on charges of conspiracy to commit kidnapping and possession of illegal firearms and ammunition. The Police arrested the suspects on Saturday, 10 September 2022, during an intelligence-driven search operation. This follows after a businesswoman reported a vehicle that had been following her to the Lansdowne Police on Saturday afternoon, 10 September 2022. The Police apprehended the suspects and confiscated a firearm with its serial number filed off and several rounds of ammunition. The Police additionally confiscated various license plates that had not matched the disk displayed on the vehicle. Investigations have been launched to ascertain whether the suspects are connected to additional crimes.
- PAARL – 13 SEP 2022 (06H45) Protest reported at the R45 and R101 intersection in the locality of the Town Hall. Reports indicate that the demonstrators barricaded the roads with burning tyres and debris. The protest is due to poor service delivery in the area. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes for the duration of the protest. Local authorities are currently on the scene to monitor the situation.
- BEAUFORT WEST – 13 SEP 2022 (06H55) Leader of the Patriotic Alliance (PA), Gayton Mckenzie, has threatened that the PA is expected to embark on a national shutdown on Thursday, 15 September 2022. Mckenzie stated that this decision follows after the Minister of Home Affairs, Aaron Motsoaledi, extended the deadline for Zimbabwean Exemption Permits (ZEP) from 31 December 2022 until 30 June 2023. Mckenzie further noted that final arrangements regarding the shutdown will be communicated to relevant members in the following days.
UPCOMING EVENTS – 13 SEP 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).
- 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).
- MASHISHING/ LYDENBURG: Eskom announced that it will implement a planned power interruption on Thursday, 15 September 2022, from 06H00 until 18H00.
- 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.
- JOHANNESBURG: Protest expected by members of the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) at the offices of the City Press on Friday, 16 September 2022, at 10H00.
- 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.
- LEDIG: The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) is expected to host the 24th Association of Medical Councils of Africa (Amcoa) conference from Sunday, 02 October 2022, until Thursday, 06 October 2022.
- 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.