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20220914 1000 WILLSHIR SOUTH AFRICA TIMELINE

September 14

SOUTH AFRICA – EASTERN CAPE – 14 SEP 2022

  • GQEBERHA/ PORT ELIZABETH – 13 SEP 2022 (19H55) Police have launched a murder investigation into the death of a female victim who died in a fire at her residence on Park Drive in Gqeberha. Police Spokesperson Colonel Priscilla Naidu stated that the victim’s body was found in her residence at Fernkloof this morning, 13 September 2022. The investigation initially started as an inquest. However, evidence collected at the scene of the fire suggests that there could be criminality involved. The Police also recovered a vehicle belonging to the deceased on Victoria Drive, where it was abandoned.
  • GQEBERHA/ PORT ELIZABETH – 14 SEP 2022 (06H40) Protest reported on Old Uitenhage Road. Reports indicate that the demonstrators barricaded Mission Arterial Road between the R75 and Old Uitenhage Road 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 Old Uitenhage Road. Local authorities are currently on the scene to monitor the situation.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – FREE STATE – 14 SEP 2022

  • ODENDAALSRUS – 13 SEP 2022 (20H00) The South African Police Services (SAPS) is offering an R50,000 reward for relevant information. The SAPS are requesting information about the body that had been found at about 14H00 on 31 August 2022. Residents of the community had found the body. The Police are additionally requesting any information regarding the person’s relatives. However, the reward will be provided to the public for information leading to the apprehension of the suspects.
  • BLOEMFONTEIN – 13 SEP 2022 (20H45) The Government has announced that they will take legal action against the mining company operating in Jagersfontein. The announcement has been made through Water and Sanitation Deputy Minister David Mahlobo following the collapse of the dam walls. The Government is set to approach the South African Police Services (SAPS) and National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to suspend the company’s water license. This follows as the mining company ignored the 2020 directive to halt operations due to issues of non-compliance. Following investigations at the mining facility, engineers reported that the additional dam wall had been damaged. The mining company cooperated with the engineers by halting the pumping of water into the damaged compartments.
  • JAGERSFONTEIN – 14 SEP 2022 (06H10) 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 today, 14 September 2022, from 12H00. This follows after the collapse of a dam wall on Sunday, 11 September 2022, leaving locals without residences.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – GAUTENG – 14 SEP 2022

  • SOWETO – 13 SEP 2022 (18H55) Peaceful protest reported on the N12/ Maroka Bypass between the M10/ Klipspruit Valley Road and the R553/Golden Highway in Eldorado Park. The N12 is closed to traffic. Residents are protesting to raise awareness of gun violence and murders in Eldorado Park. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Police are on the scene.
  • VANDERBIJLPARK – 13 SEP 2022 (19H10) Eskom announced that the Seboka Substation had been vandalised in the early hours of the morning, 13 September 2022. Panel wiring and protection cables were cut and stolen. Areas affected include Palm Springs, Seboneg Zones 3, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13 and small agriculture holdings. Eskom has raised concerns about the increase in theft and vandalism in the Vaal area. In July 2020, Eskom took Seboka Substation offline for a month while effecting repairs to fix damages caused by vandalism.
  • TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 13 SEP 2022 (19H30) The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) announced that it signed a settlement agreement with the bus company, Public Utility Transport Corporation (PUTCO), following a wage strike by bus drivers. The settlement includes, among others implementation of a 6% wage increase on 01 October 2022 for all employees who were employed from 01 April 2020. However, the increase will not be backdated. PUTCO will pay an annual bonus to all employees who were employed by the company by 01 April 2020. The bonus will spread equally over a period of 18 months, starting at the end of October 2022. NUMSA Spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi-Majola stated that a once-off payment of R5,000 per employee inside the bargaining unit will be paid in two instalments until the end of November 2022 and the end of February 2023 instead of back paying of employees who were in service of the company from 01 April 2020.
  • JOHANNESBURG – 14 SEP 2022 (06H05) Protest expected at the Gauteng Provincial Treasury in Johannesburg today, 14 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.
  • SOWETO – 14 SEP 2022 (06H25) Protest reported on the N12 between the Golden Highway and Klipspruit Valley Road. Reports indicate that the demonstrators barricaded the road with burning tyres and debris. The reason for the protest is due to poor service delivery and the high crime rate 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.
  • CULLINAN – 14 SEP 2022 (08H40) Protest expected by members of the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) Thursday, 15 September 2022, at 08H30. Reports indicate that the demonstrators are expected to gather at the Cullinan Municipal Building and march towards the Cullinan Police Station to hand over a memorandum of demand. The ANCYL demands intervention from local authorities to end gender-based violence (GBV), human trafficking and crime in the area. Motorists are advised to avoid the area for the duration of the protest. Local authorities will be deployed to monitor the situation.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – KWAZULU-NATAL – 14 SEP 2022

  • PIETERMARITZBURG – 14 SEP 2022 (06H00) Protest expected at the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Treasury on Chief Albert Luthuli Street in Pietermaritzburg today, 14 September 2022, from 11H00 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.
  • MTUNZINI – 14 SEP 2022 (08H45) UPDATE Reports indicate that the R102 has been re-opened for normal traffic flow. Motorists are still advised to remain vigilant in the area. (07H50) Protest reported on the R102 in the locality of Mtunzini. Reports indicate that the demonstrators barricaded the road with burning tyres and debris. The reason for the protest is due to poor service delivery-related issues 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.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – LIMPOPO – 14 SEP 2022

  • GIYANI – 13 SEP 2022 (20H10) The Conty Lebepe Foundation has called on the Executive Mayor of Mopani District Municipality, Pule Shayi, to institute an investigation into allegations that funds that were set aside for a bulk line and reticulation project are missing. The foundation’s Chairperson, Conty Lebepe, stated that R161 million was set aside for the Sefofotse to Ditsosabe/Ramahlatsi bulk line project that started in the 2013/2014 financial year and remains incomplete. Lebepe stated that some of the officials in the municipality allegedly solicited a bribe from the service provider before payment could be made. Therefore, the service provider took the municipality to court. The service provider has won the case against the municipality. However, the service provider has still not been paid for some of the work that has been completed.
  • LEPHALALE/ ELLISRAS – 14 SEP 2022 (09H15) Protest reported on Joe Slovo Street in the locality of the Lephalale Local Municipality. The reason for the protest is due to poor service delivery in the area. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes as traffic delays can be expected. Local authorities are currently on the scene to monitor the situation.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – MPUMALANGA – 14 SEP 2022

  • MBOMBELA/ NELSPRUIT – 14 SEP 2022 (06H00) Protest expected at the Department of Community Safety, Security And Liaison today, 14 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.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTH WEST – 14 SEP 2022

  • MAHIKENG – 14 SEP 2022 (06H10) Protest expected by members of the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) today, 14 September 2022, at the Provincial Treasury’s office in Mahikeng. 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.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTHERN CAPE – 14 SEP 2022

  • DE AAR – 13 SEP 2022 (22H00) The South African Weather Service (SAWS) has issued a fire warning in various provinces of South Africa for Wednesday, 14 September 2022. The warning has been issued due to the increased temperatures and wind speeds in the area. Fires are expected to spread at an increased rate. The affected areas include the Namakwa district, the Beaufort West municipality, the Graaff-Reinet area, the Inxuba Yethemba local municipality and others. Fire services are expected to be placed on standby to increase their reaction time to fire incidents.
  • KIMBERLEY – 14 SEP 2022 (08H50) Protest expected by members of the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) Friday, 16 September 2022, from 08H00 until 10H00. Reports indicate that the demonstrators are expected to gather at Kemo Park and march towards the Premier’s office to hand over a memorandum of demand. The ANCYL demands the building, growing and empowering of youth in the Province. Motorists are advised to avoid the area for the duration of the protest. Local authorities will be deployed to monitor the situation.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – WESTERN CAPE – 14 SEP 2022

  • CAPE TOWN – 13 SEP 2022 (21H05) Protest reported on Valhalla Drive/ M47 and Angela Street in Valhalla Park. Demonstrators are barricading the road. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes and avoid the area. Police and security services are on the scene.
  • STRAND – 13 SEP 2022 (23H50) Fire reported on Daniel street at about 23H50 Tuesday, 13 September 2022. The reason for the fire has not yet been identified. Emergency services have been notified of the incident. The emergency services will extinguish the fire and launch investigations to ascertain the cause of the fire. The public is advised to remain vigilant in the area as the fire may spread to additional buildings.
  • CAPE TOWN – 14 SEP 2022 (06H05) Protest expected by members of the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) today, 14 September 2022, at the Traffic and Community Safety office from 11H00 until 13H00. 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.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS – 14 SEP 2022

  • 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).
  • CULLINAN: Protest expected by members of the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) Thursday, 15 September 2022, at 08H30.
  • 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.
  • KIMBERLEY: Protest expected by members of the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) Friday, 16 September 2022, from 08H00 until 10H00.
  • 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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