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20220921 1000 WILLSHIR SOUTH AFRICA TIMELINE

September 21

SOUTH AFRICA – EASTERN CAPE – 21 SEP 2022

  • EAST LONDON – 21 SEP 2022 (09H00) The Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) announced that its annual results and stakeholder engagement meeting is expected to be held on Thursday, 29 September 2022, from 09H00 until 13H00 in Mthatha. The ECDC is in Joint partnership with Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality and the Buffalo City Municipality, running the Eastern Cape Export Help Desk. The helpdesk aims at assisting local companies to start exporting as well as address the key constraints that companies face before entering the export market.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – FREE STATE – 21 SEP 2022

  • BLOEMFONTEIN – 20 SEP 2022 (22H30) The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) team in the Free State province have confirmed the arrests of five suspects on allegations of fraud in connection with the Brandfort Museum project. Hawks Spokesperson Christopher Singo has stated that the arrested suspects include the former Head of Department (HOD) of the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture and two former Lejweleputswa District Municipality Municipal Managers. During the period between January 2008 and December 2010, funds had allegedly been allocated to the Brandfort Museum project, also known as the Winnie Mandela Museum, by the Department of Sports, Arts, and Culture. The allocated funds had allegedly been misused, and service providers had been appointed without following adequate procurement processes. As a result of the fraudulent activities, the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture incurred a total loss of more than R700 000. The matter had since been reported to the Hawks for further investigation, culminating in the arrest of the five suspects. The suspects are expected to appear in court on Wednesday, 21 September 2022, on charges of fraud, theft, contravention of the Public Finance Management Act, and contravention of the Municipal Finance Management Act. The Spokesperson has noted that further investigations are underway, with additional arrests imminent.
  • BLOEMFONTEIN – 21 SEP 2022 (07H00) The former Free State Premier and suspended African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General, Ace Magashule, is expected to appear in the Bloemfontein High Court today, 21 September 2022. Magashule and 16 co-accused will appear in the High Court today linked to the R255 million failed asbestos project. Reports indicate that the accused have been charged with fraud, corruption and money laundering. The High Court is expected to deliberate on the key details of the case to make way for a trial.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – GAUTENG – 21 SEP 2022

  • JOHANNESBURG – 20 SEP 2022 (19H00) The Democratic Alliance (DA) leader John Steenhuisen has called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to dismiss Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe due to the ongoing energy crisis in South Africa. Steenhuisen stated that Mantashe is blocking renewable energy projects and that he is responsible for the regulatory framework that has prevented the energy sector’s recovery. Steenhuisen stated that Mantashe has allowed the Risk Mitigation Power Producer Procurement Programme to stall in the middle of the crisis. Steenhuisen has called on Ramphosa to immediately declare a ring-fenced state of disaster around Eskom and electricity supply.
  • JOHANNESBURG – 20 SEP 2022 (19H45) The Minerals Council of South Africa has convened a special board meeting to address a regression in the mining industry’s safety performance and to implement interventions to ensure safer working environments. This follows after the industry recorded eight fatalities in August 2022, bringing the total number of deaths to 36 to date. This marks no improvement from the same period in 2021, in which the industry also recorded 36 deaths. The Minerals Council is committed to zero harm and will continue to collaborate with the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy, organised labour and other stakeholders to ensure all mineworkers’ safety.
  • TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 20 SEP 2022 (21H00) The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) of South Africa has confirmed the arrests of two current serving Police Major Generals and one former Lieutenant General in connection with a police tender of over R54 million. This increased the number of detained suspects in connection to the case to six people since Monday, 19 September 2022. The suspects have reportedly been arrested in Durban, Bloemfontein, and various areas around Pretoria, while two suspects had been detained while boarding a domestic flight from OR Tambo International Airport to Cape Town and Durban, respectfully. The suspects are two businessmen based in Durban, a former Lieutenant-General, a current serving Lieutenant-Colonel and two Majors-General from Pretoria and Bloemfontein. The arrests result from a joint stakeholder cooperation exercise between the Investigating Directorate (ID) and the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) secondments assigned to the ID. The NPA has stated that the detained individuals are scheduled to appear before the Pretoria Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on Wednesday, 21 September 2022, on fraud, corruption and theft charges.
  • TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 20 SEP 2022 (21H45) Public service labour unions affiliated with the South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) have obtained a certificate allowing members to embark on a legal strike following the collapse of wage negotiations with the Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC). This follows after the unions, which include the South African Policing Union (SAPU) and the National Union of Public Service and Allied Workers (NUPSAW), held conciliation talks with a Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) Commissioner in a bid to resolve the wage dispute today, 20 September 2022, after the unions rejected the Government’s 3% wage increase offer. The 3% wage offer is an increase from the 2% tabled in previous negotiations by the employer. SAFTU National Spokesperson Trevor Shaku has stated that the talks with the mediator failed to yield positive results, and a certificate of non-resolution had been issued by the PSCBC. The wage negotiations had launched in May 2022, with unions demanding a 10% wage increase. SAPU has since revised its demand to 8%, while several other unions are requesting a 6.5% increment. Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) Chief Negotiator Simon Hlungwani has stated that the unions aligned with COSATU are expected to finalise their position on the wage offer by Friday, 23 September 2022.
  • TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 21 SEP 2022 (06H00) The Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exhibition is expected to take place from today, 21 September 2022, until 25 September 2022 at the Waterkloof airbase. Reports indicate that local security companies who require funding for developing new equipment are expected to exhibit their products at the exhibition. Some of the equipment on show include air-to-air missile technology, unmanned aerial vehicles and anti-material weapons.
  • TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 21 SEP 2022 (06H00) President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to chair a cabinet meeting today, 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.
  • BRONKHORSTPRUIT – 21 SEP 2022 (06H40) Protest reported in the locality of the Rethabiseng informal settlement. Reports indicate that the demonstrators barricaded the main entry point to Rethabiseng informal settlement with burning tyres and debris. The demonstrators are protesting due to poor service delivery in the area. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant when driving on the R568 and R513. Local authorities have been dispatched to the area.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – KWAZULU-NATAL – 21 SEP 2022

  • PIETERMARITZBURG – 20 SEP 2022 (20H30) Deputy President David Mabuza has called for an imbizo with the Freight Transport Industry over recent heavy motor vehicle accidents in KwaZulu-Natal. The Deputy President has expressed concern over the recent heavy motor vehicle accidents. This follows after 20 fatalities were reported last week in Pongola, north of KwaZulu-Natal, after a side tipper truck collided with a pick-up truck transporting school children. In addition, a collision involving four side tipper trucks occurred on R34/R66 near Ulundi on Monday, 19 September 2022. Thereafter, another side tipper truck collided with other vehicles not far from the other accident scene. Mabuza is calling on all road users to exercise caution and patience on the road.
  • THANDIZWE – 20 SEP 2022 (21H05) The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) is expected to hold a Heritage Day Rally at the Manguzi Sports Ground in Thandizwe, Umhlabuyalingana Local Municipality District, on Saturday, 24 September 2022. Commander in Chief (CIC) Julius Malema will be addressing the Heritage Day celebration event. Motorists are advised to exercise caution when travelling in the area for the duration of the event.
  • AMANZIMTOTI – 21 SEP 2022 (07H15) Protest reported on the M35 near Muthwas garage in the locality of Malukazi informal settlement. Reports indicate that the demonstrators barricaded the road with burning tyres and debris. The demonstrators are protesting 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.
  • VERULAM – 21 SEP 2022 (08H00) Protest reported on the R102 and Kissoon Road intersection. Reports indicate that the demonstrators barricaded the R102 with burning tyres and debris. The demonstrators are protesting due to poor service delivery in the area. Motorists are advised to avoid the R102 and to use alternative routes. Local authorities have been dispatched to the area to monitor the situation.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – LIMPOPO – 21 SEP 2022

  • JANE FURSE – 20 SEP 2022 (20H20) Limpopo Provincial Police Commissioner, Thembi Hadebe announced that the Police Department has deployed a Tactical Response Team to various areas in the Sekhukhune policing area, following concerns of high levels of crime in the area. This after Police Minister Bheki Cele gave Limpopo Police two weeks to come up with a turnaround strategy to address crime in the Mamone area and surroundings. The Police Minister hosted a rural safety imbizo with the communities of Mamone outside Jane Furse on 02 September 2022 to address the residents’ concerns.
  • GIYANI – 20 SEP 2022 (22H00) The Mopani District Municipality has announced that efforts are underway to supply water directly to households in Ward 24 of the Greater Tzaneen Local Municipality as part of phase four of an ongoing water project being implemented in the area. The announcement follows after the District Municipality recently held a quarterly imbizo in the Petanenge village to inform residents of the 82% completion status of the water project’s third phase. Municipal Spokesperson Odas Ngobeni has stated that the imbizo had been necessitated after residents raised concerns regarding the project’s extended completion period. During the meeting, community members had reportedly also been advised to safeguard the infrastructure in a bid to avoid tampering and a subsequent delay in the project’s completion.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – MPUMALANGA – 21 SEP 2022

  • BUSHBUCKRIDGE – 21 SEP 2022 (09H35) The Police in the Mpumalanga Province have launched an investigation at the Bushbuckridge Municipality. The Police stated that they suspect a case of foul play after 11 municipal offices were burnt down, which include financial and internal auditors’ offices. The Police further noted that they found bottles with stuffed cotton wool in some offices for further investigations. The Police further noted that the reason for suspecting foul play is due to financial audits that need to be submitted this time of the year, and so conveniently, the offices have been burnt down.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTH WEST – 21 SEP 2022

  • LICHTENBURG – 20 SEP 2022 (23H00) The North West Municipality Council has instituted legal action against the Provincial Government in regard to a recent directive to dissolve the Lichtenburg-based Ditsobotla Local Municipality’s Council. This follows after Premier Bushy Maape and Cooperative Governance Member of Executive Council (MEC) Lenah Miga and other members of the Executive Council (EXCO) agreed to dissolve the Council during a meeting on 15 September 2022. Provincial Government Spokesperson Brian Setswambung has stated that the Government has since been served by the Council. The High Court document states that the Council held a meeting on 19 September 2022 to discuss concerns regarding the decision to dissolve the Council, which had allegedly been taken on incorrect facts and is thus premature. The document further notes that the Council is expected to seek an order compelling the National Treasury to release the equitable share availing funds for the necessary service delivery. This follows as R300 million of a conditional grant allocated for the Municipality is being withheld by the National Government.
  • POTCHEFSTROOM – 21 SEP 2022 (09H15) Protest reported on the N12 at the Traffic Department. Reports indicate that the demonstrators barricaded the road, and motorists travelling towards Klerksdorp are advised to use an alternative route. The demonstrators are protesting due to poor service delivery in the Ikageng informal settlement. Local authorities are currently on the scene to monitor the situation.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTHERN CAPE – 21 SEP 2022

  • KLEIN MIER – 20 SEP 2022 (23H00) The Public Service Committee (PSC) is expected to host a citizen’s forum in partnership with officials from the Dawid Kruiper Local Municipality and Provincial Government Departments at 08H00 on Thursday, 22 September 2022, to address service delivery issues in Klein Mier. PSC Head of Communications Humphrey Ramafoko has stated that Commission Chairperson Somadoda Fikeni and Northern Cape Premier Zamani Saul are also expected to attend the event. Ramafoko has noted that the citizen’s forum aims to, amongst others, evaluate service delivery in the area, assess the delivery of specific service delivery programmes, improve participation in the planning and implementation of service delivery programmes and establish recommendations on efforts to improve service delivery.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – WESTERN CAPE – 21 SEP 2022

  • CAPE TOWN – 20 SEP 2022 (20H00) The B97 route from Mbekweni/ Paarl to Bellville is expected to reopen to minibus taxis on Saturday, 25 September 2022. The Western Cape Minister of Mobility, Daylin Mitchell, and the taxi industry leaders signed the agreement on sharing route B97 on Monday, 19 September 2022. This follows after the B97 route from Mbekweni/ Paarl to Bellville was closed to minibus taxis due to a dispute between the Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA) and Cape Organisation for the Democratic Taxi Association (CODETA). The Minister of Mobility invoked section 91 of the National Land Transport Act in July 2021 to close the route following several incidents of violent conflict and the loss of lives. Taxi operations on the B97 route were also the subject of an arbitration process. The arbitration award was released in November 2021 and made a concerted effort to give effect to the arbitration outcome. The arbitrator ruled that both CATA Boland Taxi Association and the Paarl Alliance Taxi Association, affiliated to the CODETA region, have legal rights to trade on route B97.
  • CAPE TOWN – 21 SEP 2022 (06H20) Protest reported at Robert Sebukwe (M10) and Borcherds Quarry Road (M22) intersection. Reports indicate that the demonstrators barricaded the road with rocks and debris. The reason for the protest remains unknown. Motorists are advised to avoid the area for the duration of the protest. Local authorities have been dispatched to the area.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS – 21 SEP 2022

  • CAPE TOWN: Protest expected by Bellville community members at the Kasselsvlei Comprehensive High School on Friday, 23 September 2022, from 07H15 until 08H15.
  • THANDIZWE: The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) is expected to hold a Heritage Day Rally at the Manguzi Sports Ground in Thandizwe, Umhlabuyalingana Local Municipality District, on Saturday, 24 September 2022.
  • 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.
  • EAST LONDON: The Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) announced that its annual results and stakeholder engagement meeting is expected to be held on Thursday, 29 September 2022, from 09H00 until 13H00 in Mthatha.
  • 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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