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20220913 1900 WILLSHIR SOUTH AFRICA TIMELINE

September 13

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.
• GQEBERHA/ PORT ELIZABETH – 13 SEP 2022 (10H40) Peaceful protest reported at the Arcadia Sports Field by members of the Democratic Alliance (DA) political party. Reports indicate that the protest is against Ward-based budgets for the financial year. The DA claims that the Northern areas of Gqeberha are only allocated 5% of the Metro Capital Budget. The DA caucus councillor Rano Keyser is expected to address the members at the gathering. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes as traffic congestion can be expected.
• GQEBERHA/ PORT ELIZABETH – 13 SEP 2022 (14H10) The African National Congress (ANC) in the Eastern Cape endorsed its Provincial Chairperson, Oscar Mabuyane, as the party’s next Deputy President. ANC Provincial Spokesperson Gift Ngqondi stated that the province would lobby other provinces for Mabuyane to ascend to the ANC top six in the National Executive Committee. The Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) also endorsed Cyril Ramaphosa’s re-election as President and National Chairperson Gwede Mantashe to serve a second term. Other candidates for the position of Deputy President are Treasurer-General Paul Mashatile, Human Settlements Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi, and Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola.

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.
• JAGERSFONTEIN – 13 SEP 2022 (14H00) The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leadership in the Free State, led by Provincial Chairperson, Commissar Mandisa Makesini, is expected to visit the areas affected by the mudslide in Jagersfontein on Wednesday, 14 September 2022, from 12H00. This follows after the collapse of a dam wall on Sunday, 11 September 2022, leaving locals without residences.
• JAGERSFONTEIN – 13 SEP 2022 (16H40) Eskom in the Free State is expected to restore electricity supply to Jagersfontein by 24H00 today, 13 September 2022. This follows after the Rietkuil Substation was damaged on Sunday, 11 September 2022, when mud from a nearby mining dam flooded the substation. A replacement transformer was delivered to Eskom’s Badplaas Substation this afternoon and is currently being installed to deliver bulk electricity supply to Centlec, the electricity distributor responsible for supplying to Jagersfontein and Charlesville.

SOUTH AFRICA – GAUTENG – 13 SEP 2022
• 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.
• JOHANNESBURG – 13 SEP 2022 (14H45) Protest reported on Springbok Road between Commando Road and Main Reef Road/ R41 in the Longdale area. Members of Operation Dudula have barricaded the road. Operation Dudula is known to protest against the employment of foreign nationals in South Africa. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes and avoid the area. The Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) are on the scene.
• SANDTON – 13 SEP 2022 (16H00) Massmart announced the closure of eight Game Stores and the possible retrenchment of 700 employees. In June 2022, the group started with a section 189 retrenchment process with these workers. The group is attempting to identify opportunities for the redeployment of the affected staff members within the broader Massmart Group. The closure dates are yet to be announced. The stores affected are located in Cape Town City Centre, Greenstone Shopping Centre in Edenvale, King Senzangakhona Centre in Ulundi, Westwood Mall in Westville, Mall of the South in Johannesburg, Hazyview Junction, Bel Air Shopping Centre in Northriding, and Gilwell Shopping Centre in East London. Last month, Massmart’s United States owner, Walmart, announced that it wanted to buy out minority shareholders and delist the company from the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE). Analysts stated that this would allow Walmart to restructure Massmart with more store closures.

SOUTH AFRICA – KWAZULU-NATAL – 13 SEP 2022
• 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.
• NONGOMA – 13 SEP 2022 (10H55) Protest reported on the R618 from Nongoma towards Hlabisa in the locality of Nongoma-A. Reports indicate that 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 use alternative routes for the duration of the protest. Local authorities are currently on the scene to monitor the situation.
• DURBAN – 13 SEP 2022 (15H20) Protest reported on the M35/ Sipho Mkhize Drive in the Malukazi area. Residents have barricaded the road with burning tyres. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Police are on the scene.
• KWADUKUZA – 13 SEP 2022 (17H45) UPDATE President Cyril Ramaphosa officiated at the ceremonial ribbon-cutting and unveiling of the plaque ceremony alongside Government leadership in the province and the Sappi Saiccor leadership team. The R7,7 billion Sappi Saiccor upgrade and expansion project aims to increase the capacity and global competitiveness of Sappi Saiccor Mill while also creating employment opportunities in the short and long term, and the expansion project commenced in 2018. (14H45) President Cyril Ramaphosa is proceeding to Umkomaas to open the Sappi Saiccor Mill upgrade and expansion project, where he will deliver a keynote speech. (13H45) President Cyril Ramaphosa has arrived at the Hesto Harness Plant and is received by KwaZulu-Natal Premier Nomusa Dube-Ncube, Minister Ebrahim Patel and the Chair of Hesto Harness M Flemming. (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.

SOUTH AFRICA – LIMPOPO – 13 SEP 2022
• POLOKWANE/ PIETERSBURG – 13 SEP 2022 (13H30) UPDATE The Polokwane High Court has declared the appointment of Morris Maluleke as the Municipal Manager of Mogalakwena local municipality unlawful. Judge Geritt Muller delivered the judgment today, 13 September 2022, after a group of residents made two separate applications to set his appointment aside. The judgment comes just 13 days after Maluleke started work in the municipality in Mokopane. Muller stated that the selection panel that had shortlisted and interviewed candidates were not appointed according to council rules, meaning Maluleke had occupied the position unlawfully. (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
• KIMBERLEY – 13 SEP 2022 (16H20) The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy held an overview visit to mining communities in the Northern Cape, as well as the Free State, Gauteng, Limpopo, North West and Mpumalanga. This is as illegal mining operations and crime have increased. The Minister of Mineral Resources, Gwede Mantashe, stated the Police would soon launch its economic infrastructure task force to address the matter. This follows after the committee released a report on conditions in mining communities. In the Northern Cape’s Namakwa region, the Police recently arrested 95 illegal immigrants at, among others, the Nuttabooi mine and Kleinzee mine, where illegal diamond mining is currently heightening.

SOUTH AFRICA – WESTERN CAPE – 13 SEP 2022
• 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.
• CAPE TOWN – 13 SEP 2022 (11H55) The City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation Directorate announced a planned 75-hour water disruption from Friday, 16 September 2022, from 01H00 until Monday, 19 September 2022, at 03H00. The Directorate noted that the areas affected by the planned water network maintenance include Pelican Heights, Peacock Close and Schaapkraal. The Directorate further noted that water tankers will be placed in the areas to provide water for essential use.
• CAPE TOWN – 13 SEP 2022 (12H40) Peaceful protest reported on M42/ Steenberg Road at Pollsmoor Prison. The reason for the protest remains unknown. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes for the duration of the protest as demonstrators are protesting on the road, which can lead to traffic delays. Local authorities are currently on the scene to monitor the situation.
• CAPE TOWN – 13 SEP 2022 (14H20) The Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence (JSCI) has cleared Deputy State Security Minister Zizi Kodwa of involvement in protecting the Phala Phala robbery. The committee investigated assertions that the Minister knew about the robbery at President Cyril Ramaphosa’s farm in February 2020, however, kept it private rather than reporting it to appropriate authorities. The committee also looked into allegations that Secret Crime Intelligence Funds were used to covertly investigate the robbery, in which it is alleged that $4 million were stolen. The JSCI cleared Kodwa, stating that there was no independently verifiable information to support the allegations against the Minister and the use of funds from the Secret Services Account of SAPS-CI.
• PLETTENBERG BAY – 13 SEP 2022 (18H20) Executive Mayor of the Bitou Municipality, David Swart, announced a voluntary curfew from 22H00 in the Kwanokuthula area today, 13 September 2022. The curfew is to minimise the number of people on the streets and the voluntary closure of taverns and businesses. This follows after a group of residents forced foreign nationals to leave the area on Monday, 12 September 2022. Various meetings were held today, 13 September 2022, with Police, Kwano Crime Prevention (KCP), community representatives and councillors to restore calm. The Human Rights Commission is expected to hold a meeting with the community of Kwanokuthula on Wednesday, 14 September 2022, to discuss the matter. A heightened Police presence is reported in the area.

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.
• JAGERSFONTEIN: The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leadership in the Free State, led by Provincial Chairperson, Commissar Mandisa Makesini, is expected to visit the areas affected by the mudslide in Jagersfontein on Wednesday, 14 September 2022, from 12H00.
• 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.
• CAPE TOWN: The City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation Directorate announced a planned 75-hour water disruption from Friday, 16 September 2022, from 01H00 until Monday, 19 September 2022, at 03H00.
• 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.

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