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20220920 1900 WILLSHIR SOUTH AFRICA TIMELINE
SOUTH AFRICA – EASTERN CAPE – 20 SEP 2022
• GQEBERHA/ PORT ELIZABETH – 20 SEP 2022 (07H10) The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality is expected to hold a council meeting on Wednesday, 21 September 2022. Speaker Gary van Niekerk stated that during the meeting, Deputy Mayor Buyelwa Mafaya, Council Chief Wandisile Jikeka and Van Niekerk are expected to deliver the final verdict on whether the council will table a motion of no confidence against Mayor Eugene Johnson.
• BARKLY EAST – 20 SEP 2022 (15H30) UPDATE The R58 between Barkly East and Elliot has been reopened to traffic. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. The road is expected to be closed again tonight, 20 September 2022, due to adverse weather conditions affecting the roadway. (09H30) Road closure reported on the R58 between Barkly East and Elliot. The road closure has been implemented due to adverse weather conditions. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes for the duration of the closure. Motorists will be notified when the road reopens.
SOUTH AFRICA – FREE STATE – 20 SEP 2022
• HARRISMITH – 20 SEP 2022 (15H30) The case against three professional nurses in Harrismith, who are accused of running a clinic without the necessary accreditation, is being investigated. This follows after the three accused were arrested during a Phuthaditjhaba Crime Intelligence driven operation, along with the K9 Unit and Highway Patrol. The authorities had received information about an illegal clinic operating in the Harrismith Central Business District with medication belonging to the state. The Free State Health Department Spokesperson, Mondli Mvambi, stated that the accused had been sanctioned while internal investigations continue. The case is expected to continue in the Harrismith Magistrate Court on 02 November 2022.
SOUTH AFRICA – GAUTENG – 20 SEP 2022
• TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 20 SEP 2022 (06H25) Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Dlamini Zuma, is expected to launch the Local Government Anti-Corruption Forum and Local Government Ethical Leadership Initiative (LGELI) today, 20 September 2022, at the Sheraton Hotel at 11H00. The LGELI project aims to facilitate a national dialogue on ethical leadership in municipalities, culminating in the development of a Code for Ethical Governance for Municipalities that sets out the principles and practices for ethical governance and leadership in local government.
• JOHANNESBURG – 20 SEP 2022 (10H30) Thungela Resources announced the signing of a three-year wage agreement with the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA). This agreement enables the implementation of a new wage agreement across Thungela’s operations. The wage agreement increases salary and salary-related allowances and is expected to increase the total labour cost-to-company by 6% a year over the three-year period.
• TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 20 SEP 2022 (12H00) The City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality announced that it lifted the temporary suspension on Tshwane Bus Services. This follows after the Tshwane Bus Service operations were suspended due to a fuel shortage from the supplier.
• TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 20 SEP 2022 (12H25) President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to chair a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, 21 September 2022. Reports indicate that during the meeting, the cabinet is expected to discuss the country’s current power crisis and elaborate on ways of improving and maintaining Eskom.
• TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 20 SEP 2022 (12H15) Protest reported at the Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) by members of the South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU). Reports indicate that the protest is due to salary increases after the Union rejected the 3% offered. SAFTU, therefore, demands an increase of at least 7%. Motorists are advised to avoid the area for the duration of the protest. Local authorities are currently on the scene to monitor the situation.
• JOHANNESBURG – 20 SEP 2022 (14H00) The African National Congress (ANC) employees are threatening to protest at the party’s offices and operations from Friday, 23 September, until Monday, 26 September 2022, due to the non-payment of salaries for the past two to three months. This is despite the ANC management’s commitments to pay several employees’ salaries. Historically, ANC employees demonstrated in 2021 and earlier in 2022 over the same challenges. The ANC management stated that it is confident it will pay the outstanding salaries of employees ahead of Thursday, 22 September 2022.
• JOHANNESBURG – 20 SEP 2022 (14H50) The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has called for Eskom’s Board of Directors, including Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Andre de Ruyter and Chief Operating Officer (COO) Jan Oberholzer, to be dismissed with immediate effect over the current loadshedding crisis. Eskom implemented Stage 4 loadshedding last week and adjusted it to Stage 6 loadshedding, citing several breakdowns of generating units and a lack of generation capacity. On Monday, 19 September 2022, Eskom downgraded loadshedding to Stage 5. However, Eskom warned that loadshedding would continue throughout the week. The EFF management stated that the inability of Eskom to supply dependable and consistent electricity to households and businesses is a threat to South Africa’s security and social stability and is negatively affecting the economy. The EFF is threatening to take action if the Government fail to dismiss Eskom’s board, CEO and COO.
• TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 20 SEP 2022 (15H00) UPDATE POPCRU General Secretary Jeff Dladla is delivering a memorandum of demands at the Union Buildings. The union has rejected the 3% wage offer by the employer. In addition, the union demand sustainable provision of electricity by Eskom. The POPCRU demonstrators are expected to begin dispersing from the Union Buildings. Motorists are advised to be vigilant. Police are monitoring the situation. (07H20) Reports indicate that members of POPCRU started to gather at the open space on Kgosi Mampuru Street and Madiba Street for their planned protest action today. (06H00) Protest expected at the Union Buildings today, 20 September 2022, by the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU). Members of POPCRU with the South African Police Service, Correctional Services, Traffic Departments and other law enforcement agencies will embark on a national march for improved working conditions. POPCRU is demanding the implementation of all signed collective agreements, salary and danger allowance increases, and access to a portion of pension funds before retirement. Demonstrators are expected to gather from 09H00 at an open space on Kgosi Mampuru Street and Madiba Street, to proceed with a march on Madiba Street to the Union Buildings. Streets that will be affected include Kgosi Mampuru Street, Sophie de Bruyn Street, Bosman Street, Paul Kruger Street, Thabo Sehume Street, Lillian Ngoyi Street, Sisulu Street, Du Toit Street, Nelson Mandela Drive, Steve Biko Road, Hamilton Street, and Government Avenue. The demonstrators are expected to disperse from the Union Buildings at 15H00. Motorists are advised to exercise caution when travelling in the area and avoid areas affected by the demonstration. Tshwane Metropolitan Police officers will be deployed to monitor the march and all affected streets.
• SOWETO – 20 SEP 2022 (16H15) Eskom announced that it disconnected the electricity supply to the Moletsane area in Soweto. This follows after residents refused Eskom technicians entry to install prepaid smart meters. Eskom stated that the electricity supply will only be restored until technicians are able to start installing prepaid smart meters.
• HEIDELBERG – 20 SEP 2022 (16H30) The South African Weather Service (SAWS) stated that a cold front, accompanied by persistent rain and light snow, is expected to affect parts of the N3 Toll Route during the course of this evening, 20 September 2022. These conditions may cause roads to become dangerous. In an effort to assist emergency services, N3 Toll Concession (N3TC) appeals to road users to be prepared for possible traffic congestion and delays. Drivers are requested to adjust their driving behaviour to the prevailing road and weather conditions.
• TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 20 SEP 2022 (17H45) The South African Minister of Transport, Fikile Mbalula, announced plans to move freight transport vehicles from roads to railways. The Minister stated that the Department will provide a detailed implementation plan in the course of time. Mbalula’s intention to move freight transport vehicles from the roads to the railway comes after the land transport survey showed that the volume of goods transported has increased by 26.4% in July 2022 compared with July 2021. The corresponding income has also increased by 32.9% over the same period. The survey further shows that income from freight transportation increased by 22.8%. The Minister’s intention comes after a number of heavy motor vehicle accidents in South Africa.
• SANDTON – 20 SEP 2022 (18H10) Eskom announced that loadshedding will continue to be implemented at Stage 5, with a possibility of reducing a stage by Thursday, 22 September 2022. Since Monday afternoon, 19 September 2022, four generation units at four power stations were taken offline for emergency repairs. These include a generating unit each at Arnot, Lethabo, Kendal and Majuba power stations. Seven units returned to service at the Camden, Kendal, Kriel, Kusile, Lethabo and Majuba power stations. Eskom currently has 4,098 megawatts (MW) on planned maintenance, while another 17,121MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns.
SOUTH AFRICA – KWAZULU-NATAL – 20 SEP 2022
• PORT SHEPSTONE – 20 SEP 2022 (11H40) Protest reported in Oshabeni Informal settlement. Reports indicate that the demonstrators barricaded the road with burning tyres and debris. The protest is due to residents of the Oshabeni informal settlement not having access to electricity for the past three months. Residents are demanding that Eskom replace a burnt transformer and supply the community with electricity. Residents are also awaiting to be addressed by the relevant authorities. 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 – 20 SEP 2022
• ELLISRAS/ LEPHALALE – 20 SEP 2022 (08H20) The African National Congress (ANC) in Limpopo is expected to attend the court case filed by Alpheus Thulare today, 20 September 2022. Reports indicate that the court case is to prohibit the ANC from removing Thulare as mayor of the Lephalale Local Municipality after they suspended him for defying the party.
• ROEDTAN – 20 SEP 2022 (08H25) Protest reported on the R519 between Zebediela and Roedtan in the locality of Manaileng 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 use alternative routes and to avoid the area. Local authorities are currently on the scene to monitor the situation.
• PHALABORWA – 20 SEP 2022 (17H10) Eskom announced that cable theft has prolonged the electricity outage in some parts of the Ba-Phalaborwa Local Municipality and that this is not due to loadshedding. This follows after the implementation of loadshedding earlier today, 20 September 2022, where electricity was not restored in some parts of Phalaborwa town and the Lulekani township due to the theft of a transformer and electrical cables. Eskom and the Local Municipality stated that the problems are being attended to. The challenge has led to the suspension of some services at the Municipal Licencing Department in town.
SOUTH AFRICA – MPUMALANGA – 20 SEP 2022
• ERMELO – 20 SEP 2022 (16H20) The South African Weather Service (SAWS) issued an orange level 5 warning for Mpumalanga this afternoon, 20 September 2022. SAWS stated that due to a cut-off low-pressure system, severe thunderstorms are expected over the Highveld and Escarpment areas of Mpumalanga. It is expected that storms will occur this afternoon through midnight, resulting in localised flooding, strong winds, and large hail/small hail.
• HAZYVIEW – 20 SEP 2022 (16H40) Protest reported on the R536 outside Hazyview in the locality of Shabalala informal settlement towards the Paul Kruger Gate. Residents are protesting due to the lack of water supply in the area. The demonstrators have barricaded the road with stones and debris. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes and avoid the area. Police are on the scene, directing traffic flow.
SOUTH AFRICA – NORTH WEST – 20 SEP 2022
• POTCHEFSTROOM – 20 SEP 2022 (09H10) Protest reported on Wolamarans Street near the JB Marks Local Municipality. The reason for the protest is due to poor service delivery and the non-payment of salaries for the month of August 2022. Motorists are advised to avoid the area for the duration of the protest. A heightened security presence has been deployed in the area.
SOUTH AFRICA – NORTHERN CAPE – 20 SEP 2022
• KIMBERLEY – 20 SEP 2022 (09H05) The African National Congress (ANC) in the Northern Cape announced that they have elected President Cyril Ramaphosa as National Chairperson for the Provinces in the upcoming 2024 general elections. The ANC stated that out of the six positions, they have elected Ramaphosa and Gwede Mantashe to retain their positions. The ANC further noted that other positions will be elected during their 55th National Conference later this year.
SOUTH AFRICA – WESTERN CAPE – 20 SEP 2022
• CAPE TOWN – 20 SEP 2022 (07H40) Leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA) John Steenhuisen is expected to conduct a media briefing today, 20 September 2022, at 09H15. The DA stated that the media briefing is to elaborate on plans for reliable and cheaper electricity.
• CAPE TOWN – 20 SEP 2022 (12H05) Protest expected by Bellville community members at the Kasselsvlei Comprehensive High School on Friday, 23 September 2022, from 07H15 until 08H15. Community members will be protesting against gender-based violence (GBV) after a Grade 9 pupil was attacked and sexually assaulted on her way to school on Monday, 12 September 2022. Motorists are advised to plan their routes accordingly. Local authorities have been notified and will be deployed to monitor the situation.
• CAPE TOWN – 20 SEP 2022 (14H30) Residents of two informal settlements, called Gate 7 and 18 Avenue, outside the Maitland Cemetery in Cape Town blocked Voortrekker Road on Monday morning, 19 September 2022, demanding water, toilets and electricity. The land on which the settlements are built is owned by the Ndabeni Communal Property Trust, formed to benefit families affected by apartheid. The trust has asked the City of Cape Town and the National Government to relocate the people living in informal houses on the land. However, the residents refuse to relocate and demand service delivery. Ward Councillor Helen Jacobs stated that the City does not provide services unless the owner gives permission, and the Ndabeni Trust had been unwilling to give approval. The City management and Ndabeni Trust management agreed to meet with residents this week to address the matter.
• KNYSNA – 20 SEP 2022 (17H20) The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Western Cape has voted against the African National Congress (ANC) cadre deployment recommendations following the ANC-led Knysna municipality’s proposal for six new positions with an annual salary cost of around R3 million. The ANC took over from the DA in August 2022 following a vote of no confidence in former DA Mayor, Lavael Davis and Knysna Independent Movement coalition partner. This led the way for an ANC, Patriotic Alliance and Plaaslike Besorgde Inwoners coalition. The new positions for the Mayor and Deputy Mayor office include a Chief of Staff, a Public Relations Officer, a Political Advisor, two heads of office and a personal assistant. The proposal will cost R2.4 million on the minimum scale and more than R3 million on the top salary scale. The DA stated that funds should be used to prioritise the filling of service delivery essential vacancies.
UPCOMING EVENTS – 20 SEP 2022
• TSHWANE/ PRETORIA: The Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exhibition is expected to take place from Wednesday, 21 September 2022, until 25 September 2022 at the Waterkloof airbase.
• TSHWANE/ PRETORIA: President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to chair a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, 21 September 2022.
• CAPE TOWN: Protest expected by Bellville community members at the Kasselsvlei Comprehensive High School on Friday, 23 September 2022, from 07H15 until 08H15.
• 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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