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20220915 1000 WILLSHIR SOUTH AFRICA TIMELINE

September 15

SOUTH AFRICA – EASTERN CAPE – 15 SEP 2022

  • GQEBERHA/ PORT ELIZABETH – 15 SEP 2022 (06H40) The South African Weather Services (SAWS) has issued an adverse weather warning in various parts of the Eastern Cape for today, 15 September 2022. The warning has been issued due to the Fire Danger Index (FDI) being above 75. SAWS noted that veld fires are expected to develop and spread at an increased rate. The affected areas include Sarah Baartman Municipality, Inxuba, Yethemba, Enoch Mgijima, Walter Sisulu, Raymond Mhlaba, Amahlathi and Intsika Yethu local municipalities. SAWS has advised the fire services in the area to set fire teams and equipment on standby.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – FREE STATE – 15 SEP 2022

  • BLOEMFONTEIN – 15 SEP 2022 (09H05) The Department of Water and Sanitation announced the outcome of their investigation conducted at the Jagersfontein Diamond Mine. The Department noted that they discovered various contraventions of the water licence regulations breached by the mine, as well as a discrepancy in the abstraction water flow meter. The Department further noted an environmental expert, Anthony Turton, informed them that a diamond mine does not use toxic chemicals like a gold mine and, therefore, the sludge that spilt from the dam does not pose a health threat to humans.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – GAUTENG – 15 SEP 2022

  • BRAKPAN – 14 SEP 2022 (21H05) Community members held a protest at Tsakane Magistrate’s Court today, 14 September 2022, where seven Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Police Department officers appeared in connection with a fatal shooting. The demonstrators have been protesting in support of the deceased and vandalised the court gate and the building entrance door. Police dispersed the demonstrators with stun grenades. The court case has been postponed to Tuesday, 27 September and Wednesday, 28 September 2022. The officers allegedly raided an informal residence in Langaville, Extension 6, where one victim was fatally shot and another victim was injured on Thursday, 08 September 2022.
  • TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 14 SEP 2022 (22H05) President Cyril Ramaphosa will visit the United States of America (USA) and the United Kingdom (UK) from today, 14 September 2022, following invitations by both countries. US President Joe Biden will receive President Ramaphosa in Washington District of Columbia (DC) on Friday, 16 September 2022, at the White House. During the visit, President Ramaphosa and President Biden will discuss mutual interest in bilateral, global and regional issues. The issues of mutual interest include trade and investment, food security, energy and other sectors. President Ramaphosa will further, on Saturday, 17 September 2022, travel to London, United Kingdom (UK), to attend events associated with Queen Elizabeth II State Funeral. The events include the King’s Reception on Sunday, 18 September 2022, hosted by King Charles III for the guests invited to attend the State Funeral Service in Buckingham Palace. The State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II will be held on Monday, 19 September 2022. Following the State Funeral, President Ramaphosa will attend a reception hosted by the UK Foreign Secretary, James Cleverly, at Westminster Abbey.
  • JOHANNESBURG – 15 SEP 2022 (06H00) Protest expected at the Gauteng Provincial Traffic and Community Safety Department today, 15 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.
  • CULLINAN – 15 SEP 2022 (06H00) Protest expected by members of the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) today, 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.
  • JOHANNESBURG – 15 SEP 2022 (07H15) Protest expected by members of the All Truck Drivers Forum and Allied South Africa (ATDF-ASA) today, 15 September 2022. The ATDF is expected to embark on a national shutdown due to the decision made by the Minister of Home Affairs, Aaron Motsoaledi, to extend the Zimbabwean Exemption Permits from 31 December 2022 until 30 June 2023. In addition, Operation Dudula and the Patriotic Alliance (PA) party are expected to support the national shutdown. ATDF-ASA further noted that arrangements regarding the shutdown will be made available in due course. The national shutdown could affect national and provincial routes and have a disruptive impact on motorists and freight movements.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – KWAZULU-NATAL – 15 SEP 2022

  • DURBAN – 14 SEP 2022 (20H20) Protest reported on Melesina Avenue in Glenmore, Durban. Students are barricading the road, preventing a bus from travelling. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes and avoid the area. Police have been dispatched to the scene.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – LIMPOPO – 15 SEP 2022

  • MANKWENG – 14 SEP 2022 (19H00) Students at the University of Limpopo Turfloop campus have raised concerns about unpaid residential allowances. The students held a meeting with landlords at zone 1 park in Mankweng today, 14 September 2022, to discuss a way forward after the university allegedly failed to pay students their off-campus allowances. Some students have decided they will not be writing their exams until the university pays their allowances.
  • MODJADJISKLOOF – 14 SEP 2022 (22H20) Protest expected by members of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) in the Kgapane Township, Mopani. COSATU will be holding their demonstrations on Friday, 07 October 2022. The location and time of the protest have not yet been provided. The members will be protesting for improved working conditions and increased salaries, among other issues. The South African Police Services (SAPS) have been notified of the demonstrations. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes.
  • APEL – 14 SEP 2022 (22H25) Protest expected by members of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) in Apel, Sekhukhune. COSATU will be holding their demonstrations on Friday, 07 October 2022. The precise location and time of the protest have not yet been provided. The members will be protesting for improved working conditions and increased salaries, among other issues. The South African Police Services (SAPS) have been notified of the demonstrations. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes.
  • BELA-BELA – 14 SEP 2022 (22H30) Protest expected by members of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) in Bela Bela, Waterberg. COSATU will be holding their demonstrations on Friday, 07 October 2022. The precise location and time of the protest have not yet been provided. The members will be protesting for improved working conditions and increased salaries, among other issues. The South African Police Services (SAPS) have been notified of the demonstrations. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes.
  • MALAMULELE – 14 SEP 2022 (22H30) Protest expected by members of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) in Malamulele town, Vhembe. COSATU will be holding their demonstrations on Friday, 07 October 2022. The precise location and time of the protest have not yet been provided. The members will be protesting for improved working conditions and increased salaries, among other issues. The South African Police Services (SAPS) have been notified of the demonstrations. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes.
  • POLOKWANE/ PIETERSBURG – 14 SEP 2022 (22H35) Protest expected by members of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) in Polokwane, Capricorn. COSATU will be holding their demonstrations on Friday, 07 October 2022. The precise location and time of the protest have not yet been provided. The members will be protesting for improved working conditions and increased salaries, among other issues. The South African Police Services (SAPS) have been notified of the demonstrations. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes.
  • MANKWENG – 15 SEP 2022 (06H25) The University of Limpopo announced that they have temporarily suspended operations at the University and gave students 24 hours to vacate the premises. This follows after the students protested yesterday, 14 September 2022, after the University failed to pay them their National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) allowances to pay for their off-site accommodation. The University further noted that they are currently in discussions with NSFAS as to when their payments will be released and will give further details as to when the University will re-open.
  • MANKWENG – 15 SEP 2022 (07H25) Protest reported at the University of Limpopo. Reports indicate that the demonstrators barricaded the road leading to the University and set alight a security guardhouse. The protest is due to the unpaid National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) allowances for the accommodation of students. 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 – MPUMALANGA – 15 SEP 2022

  • MBOMBELA/ NELSPRUIT – 14 SEP 2022 (19H50) The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) has arrested three officials of the City of Mbombela and White River Traffic Departments today, 14 September 2022. The arrests have been made in collaboration with the Serious Commercial Crime Investigation Unit and the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) in Mbombela and White River. A total of nine suspects have been arrested for their involvement in the R60 million fraud, theft and money laundering case. The arrests followed an investigation carried over by the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) in December 2018.
  • EVANDER – 14 SEP 2022 (21H00) Pan African Resources (PAR) is constructing a new underground gold mine on two levels of the Evander underground gold mine. The addition of the level 25 and 26 projects will increase the operational duration of the Evander mine by 14 years. The 25/26 level project requires two years of elevated capital and will be funded by internal cash flow. The mine will have the benefit of expenditure for approximately ten years. PAR will utilise underground support packs to extract shaft pillars while providing support for the shaft. This will follow for mining operations to continue at the 24, 25 and 26 levels. The support packs will provide access to about 500,000 ounces (oz) of gold by utilising the available infrastructure at the mine. The 24/25 levels project is expected to produce minerals in 2023. PAR is set to further acquire the Mintails tailings retreatment assets by 30 September 2022.
  • MASHISHING/ LYDENBURG – 15 SEP 2022 (06H00) Eskom announced that it will implement a planned power interruption today, 15 September 2022, from 06H00 until 18H00. Eskom stated that the areas affected include Lydenburg, Skhila and Sterkspruit. Eskom further noted that the interruption is to allow necessary maintenance work to be conducted at local power stations.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTH WEST – 15 SEP 2022

  • LICHTENBURG – 15 SEP 2022 (08H00) The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) has called on the Provincial Government to invoke Section 139(1)(c) of the constitution and place the Ditsobotla local municipality under administration. This follows after employees disrupted a council meeting on Monday, 12 September 2022, demanding their salaries to be paid from work conducted during August 2022. The Ditsobotla local municipality is under Section 54 intervention, which means the provincial government assists the municipality with finances.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTHERN CAPE – 15 SEP 2022

  • HOTAZEL – 15 SEP 2022 (09H35) The Industrial Development Council (IDC) announced that they have agreed to allow the Kagaladi Manganese mine to sell some of its assets in order to settle its R3 billion debt. IDC Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Tshokolo Nchocho further noted that the mine owes African Development Bank (ADB) an estimated R2,9 billion. Nchocho noted that the mine and the IDC came to an agreement to restructure the mine with the adoption of an owner-miner operating model as well as the appointment of new chief operating and financial officers.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – WESTERN CAPE – 15 SEP 2022

  • CAPE TOWN – 14 SEP 2022 (23H45) National Assembly Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa Nqakula has appointed three members to form an Independent Panel Wednesday, 14 September 2022. The Panel has been established to investigate the Phala Phala farm robbery of President Cyril Ramaphosa. Former Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo will chair the Panel to determine whether there is prima facie evidence that President Ramaphosa disregarded Section 89 of the Constitution. The Panel consists of former Chief Ngcobo, former Judge Thokozile Masipa, and University of Cape Town (UCT) Professor Richard Calland.
  • CALEDON – 15 SEP 2022 (09H00) Protest reported Hermanus Way at the entrance of Vlei View in the locality of Caledon. 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 are currently on the scene to monitor the situation.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS – 15 SEP 2022

  • 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.
  • MODJADJISKLOOF: Protest expected by members of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) in the Kgapane Township, Mopani. COSATU will be holding their demonstrations on Friday, 07 October 2022.
  • APEL: Protest expected by members of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) in Apel, Sekhukhune. COSATU will be holding their demonstrations on Friday, 07 October 2022.
  • BELA-BELA: Protest expected by members of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) in Bela Bela, Waterberg. COSATU will be holding their demonstrations on Friday, 07 October 2022.
  • MALAMULELE: Protest expected by members of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) in Malamulele town, Vhembe. COSATU will be holding their demonstrations on Friday, 07 October 2022.
  • POLOKWANE/ PIETERSBURG: Protest expected by members of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) in Polokwane, Capricorn. COSATU will be holding their demonstrations on Friday, 07 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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