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20220923 1900 WILLSHIR SOUTH AFRICA TIMELINE

September 23

SOUTH AFRICA – EASTERN CAPE – 23 SEP 2022
• MAKHANDA/ GRAHAMSTOWN – 23 SEP 2022 (14H40) Shell South Africa, Impact Africa and the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Gwede Mantashe, have filed applications for leave to appeal the judgment that set aside a decision by the Department to grant Shell permission to conduct a seismic survey on the Wild Coast in 2014. The Makhanda High Court ruled Shell’s gas exploration rights unlawful on 01 September 2022, suspending underwater blasting operations in the Wild Coast. The court found that the Department of Minerals and Energy had failed to consider the communities’ rights, the potential climate change implications, and the anticipated harm to the marine and bird life along the Eastern Cape coast. The Wild Coast residents and fishers, the Dwesa-Cwebe Communal Property Association, the Non-Government Organisation (NGO) Sustaining the Wild Coast Non-Profit Company (NPC) and All Rise Attorneys are expected to return to court.

SOUTH AFRICA – FREE STATE – 23 SEP 2022
• HARRISMITH – 23 SEP 2022 (06H00) Eskom is expected to sign an agreement with the Harrismith Business Forum today, 23 September 2022. Forum Representative, Ben Denzel, stated that the agreement will initiate Eskom as the distribution agency for electricity in Harrismith. The forum, which consists of more than 200 businesses, has a court order against Eskom and the municipality, which serves as a legal enforcer of this agreement. The agreement had been resisted by the previous administration. However, for eight months now there has been a new administration which has approved the agreement. The final approval meeting will take place today. The municipality’s previous administration had challenges regarding this agreement as some residents, and small businesses did not pay for electricity.
• BLOEMFONTEIN – 23 SEP 2022 (10H35) UPDATE The Bloemfontein High Court has postponed the pre-trial hearing until Friday, 20 January 2023. (07H00) The suspended African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General, Ace Magashule, is expected to appear in the Bloemfontein High Court today, 23 September 2022, for a pre-trial hearing. 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.
• KROONSTAD – 23 SEP 2022 (16H25) Road closure reported on the N1 between Kroonstad and Ventersburg. The road is closed due to a motor vehicle accident. Several casualties have been reported. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Emergency services have been dispatched to the scene.

SOUTH AFRICA – GAUTENG – 23 SEP 2022
• TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 23 SEP 2022 (06H00) Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele is expected to hold a briefing on the outcomes of the cabinet meeting held on Wednesday, 21 September 2022. The briefing will be held at the Ronnie Mamoepa Media Centre in Hatfield, Pretoria, from 08H00 today, 23 September 2022. The cabinet meeting held on Wednesday focused on the energy challenges that have disrupted the economic activities of businesses and inconvenienced households in the country.
• SANDTON – 23 SEP 2022 (15H00) Eskom announced that loadshedding Stage 5 will continue until Saturday morning, 24 September 2022, at 05H00. Thereafter, loadshedding will be lowered to Stage 4 until 05H00 on Sunday, 25 September 2022. A further reduction to Stage 3 will be implemented until 05H00 on Monday, 26 September 2022. The capacity constraints will persist throughout next week, and current indications are that loadshedding will be implemented at Stage 3 for most of the week. Eskom is currently experiencing constraints from its diesel suppliers that are affecting the availability of bulk diesel to the Ankerlig and Gourikwa Open Cycle Gas Turbines, which have a combined capacity of 2,000 megawatts (MW). Should this uncertainty of diesel supplies persist, higher stages of loadshedding will be implemented.
• JOHANNESBURG – 23 SEP 2022 (18H20) UPDATE Protest reported on the N12/ Moroka Bypass in Eldorado Park. Demonstrators have barricaded the road with burning tyred and debris. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes and avoid the area. Police are monitoring the situation. (11H25) The Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) announced the deployment of additional Police officers in Eldorado Park. This follows after the residents of Eldorado Park threatened to embark on a protest action today if Mayor Mpho Phalatse did not assist the community in fighting crime in the area. (07H10) Protest expected by community members in Eldorado Park today, 23 September 2022. Reports indicate that the residents of Eldorado park are expected to embark on a planned protest against the area’s crime. This follows after they demanded that the mayor of Johannesburg, Mpho Phalatse, address the issue and deploy additional security forces to assist the community in fighting crime in the area. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant when driving in the area of Eldorado Park. Local authorities have been notified and will be deployed to monitor the situation.

SOUTH AFRICA – KWAZULU-NATAL – 23 SEP 2022
• PIETERMARITZBURG – 23 SEP 2022 (05H35) Protest reported on Prince Alfred Street. Reports indicate that the demonstrators barricaded Prince Alfred road with burning tyres and debris. The demonstration is also affecting Manor Road, Burger, Loop and East Street. The demonstrators are protesting due to electricity problems in the Jika Joe informal settlement. Motorists are advised to avoid the area for the duration of the protest. Local authorities have been dispatched to the area.
• MANDINI – 23 SEP 2022 (06H35) Protest reported on the R102 near the Total Energies Garage in Mandini. Reports indicate that the demonstrators barricaded the road with burning tyres and debris. The demonstrators are protesting due to poor service delivery-related issues in the area. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Local authorities are currently on the scene to monitor the situation.
• RICHMOND – 23 SEP 2022 (07H40) Protest reported on the R56 near Eskom Richmond CNC. Reports indicate that the demonstrators barricaded the road with burning tyres and debris. The demonstrators are protesting due to the current power supply interruptions experienced. Motorists are advised to avoid the area for the duration of the protest. Local authorities are currently on the scene to monitor the situation.
• DURBAN – 23 SEP 2022 (14H10) Protest reproted on the N2 northbound near the Umhlanga intersection in the Blackburn area, Durban North. The reason for the protest is unknown at this stage. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Police have been dispatched to the scene.
• CHARLESTOWN – 23 SEP 2022 (16H45) UPDATE The N11 between Charlestown and Volksrust remains closed to traffic. A heavy traffic backlog is reported on the N11. Residents are protesting due to the lack of water supply in the area. The demonstrators are demanding that the Mayor of Newcastle, Xolani Dube, meet with them to address their concerns. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. (12H55) Protest reported on the N11 between Charlestown and Volksrust. Reports indicate that the demonstrators barricaded the road with burning tyres and debris. The demonstrators are protesting due to poor service delivery in the Charlestown informal settlement. Motorists are advised to avoid the area for the duration of the protest and to use alternative routes. Local authorities are currently on the scene to monitor the situation.

SOUTH AFRICA – LIMPOPO – 23 SEP 2022
• POLOKWANE/ PIETERSBURG – 23 SEP 2022 (16H00) The Limpopo Provincial Government is expected to host the Limpopo Provincial Mining, Energy and Industrialisation Investment Conference from Thursday, 29 September, until Friday, 30 September 2022. The event is a follow-up to the initial investment conferences that were held in August and September 2021. The conference will highlight the wealth of opportunities and innovation expressed in the mining and energy sector and how that shall assist in economic recovery. Limpopo Premier, Stanley Chupu Mathabatha, and Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Gwede Samson Mantashe, will lead the conference. The conference aims to bring together direct foreign and domestic investments to benefit the people of Limpopo. It will aim at adding to the R250 billion commitment last year by targeting R50 billion this year.

SOUTH AFRICA – MPUMALANGA – 23 SEP 2022
• MBOMBELA/ NELSPRUIT – 23 SEP 2022 (09H05) The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in Mpumalanga announced that during the party’s third Provincial People’s Assembly (PPA), they had re-elected Collen Sedibe as the Provincial party leader. The EFF further noted that Rhulani Qhibi has been elected as deputy chairperson, Jackson Malatjie as provincial secretary, Ntsako Mkhabela as deputy secretary, and Nomaswazi Nkambule as provincial treasurer.
• LYDENBURG – 23 SEP 2022 (18H30) UPDATE The R37/ Voortrekker Street at the circle has been reported to traffic. However, the R37 at Viljoen Street remains closed to traffic for recovery and forensic tests. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. (13H50) Road closure reported on the R37/ Voortrekker Street in Lydenburg Central Business District. The road is closed due to a motor vehicle accident. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Emergency services are on the scene.

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTH WEST – 23 SEP 2022
• VRYBURG – 23 SEP 2022 (08H15) The South African Weather Services (SAWS) has issued an adverse weather warning in various parts of the North West Province for today, 23 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 Schweizer Reneke, Vryburg and Bloemhof. SAWS has advised the fire services in the area to put fire teams and equipment on standby.
• VRYBURG – 23 SEP 2022 (12H15) The Naledi Local Municipality announced the temporary closure of the Municipality today, 23 September 2022, from 13H00 until 16H00. The Municipality stated that the closure is in order to commemorate Heritage Day. The Municipality further noted that all departments and divisions will be closed except for essential services.
• MOLATEDI – 23 SEP 2022 (13H40) Peaceful protest reported in the vicinity of Molatedi dam at the Molatedi locality. Residents are barricading the roads with stones and tree branches. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes and avoid the area. Police are on the scene monitoring the situation.
• MAZISTA – 23 SEP 2022 (18H00) Residents of Mazista near Swartreggens have raised concerns over the lack of water in the Kgetlengrevier Local Municipality. Residents stated that they have been experiencing frequent water shortages for the past 11 years. Three reservoirs have been built in the area by the local municipality to this day. However, the reservoirs are not providing any water to the community. The municipality has acknowledged the challenge of water shortages and its provision to the community. The municipality stated that it is in the process of drawing up a business plan to construct a 15-kilometre pipeline from the Swaartregens waterworks to Mazista. In addition, the municipality requested Magalies to conduct geo-hydro tests to confirm the water level of boreholes. Meanwhile, Kgetlengrevier Ratepayers Association stated that it will approach the North West High Court next month to compel the municipality to hand over the water plant to them for management.

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTHERN CAPE – 23 SEP 2022
• HONDEKLIP BAY – 23 SEP 2022 (07H30) The Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Gwede Mantashe, is expected to host a community engagement meeting on Saturday, 24 September 2022, at 10H00 at the Caravan Park, Hondeklip Bay. The meeting forms part of the ongoing engagements with fishing communities regarding the development of the Upstream Petroleum Industry.

SOUTH AFRICA – WESTERN CAPE – 23 SEP 2022
• CAPE TOWN – 23 SEP 2022 (06H00) Protest expected by Bellville community members at the Kasselsvlei Comprehensive High School today, 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 – 23 SEP 2022 (11H40) Shooting reported in the locality of Bonteheuwel informal settlement. Reports indicate that a civilian has been fatally injured. The motive for the shooting is unknown at this stage, although gang-related violence is active in the area after the death of Abdullah Boonzaaier. Local authorities have arrested the suspect. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes and avoid the area.
• ASHTON – 23 SEP 2022 (15H20) The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) has launched an investigation into the murder-suicide by a Police Constable stationed at the Ashton Police Station in the Cape Winelands. Police Spokesperson Andre Traut stated that the Constable was on duty this morning, 23 September 2022 and allegedly opened fire on three members of the public. Thereafter, the Constable drove to his residence in Zolani, where he allegedly shot himself. One civilian was fatally wounded, and two others were injured and admitted to hospital.
• KRAAIFONTEIN – 23 SEP 2022 (15H30) UPDATE Residents of Kraaifontein marched to the local police station today, 23 September 2022. The residents called on the City of Cape Town to deliver basic services and increase police visibility in the area. The first quarter’s crime statistics indicated that Kraaifontein has the sixth highest number of murders reported in the country. However, the City of Cape Town stated that the residents should be part of the solution. The City of Cape Town Spokesperson Marian Nieuwoudt stated that some municipal land and facilities were being used as dumping sites. (08H45) Protest expected at the Kraaifontein Police station today, 23 September 2022. Reports indicate that residents of Kraaifontein are expected to embark on a planned protest action to deliver a list of grievances to the Police station. The residents are demanding the assistance of the local government to end unemployment and poverty in the area. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant when driving in the area. Local authorities have been notified and will be deployed to monitor the situation.
• KALK BAY – 23 SEP 2022 (18H10) The Metrorail in the Western Cape announced that upgrades to the northern and southern railway tracks have been completed. Spokesperson, Zino Mihi, stated that sleeper rail anchors were placed along sections of the track between Kalk Bay and Fish Hoek on the Southern Line, and at Faure on the Northern Line, where upgrades were required. The regional technical team was led by the Japanese International Corporation Agency (JICA), which oversaw the installation of sleeper anchors to the rail network to prevent displacement of railway tracks. The anchors are expected to increase the stability of the track with an estimated life span of 40 years.

UPCOMING EVENTS – 23 SEP 2022
• 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.
• HONDEKLIP BAY: The Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Gwede Mantashe, is expected to host a community engagement meeting on Saturday, 24 September 2022, at 10H00 at the Caravan Park, Hondeklip Bay.
• CAPE TOWN: Peaceful protest expected at Roeland Square in the vicinity of Gardens, Cape Town, from 10H30 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.
• POLOKWANE/ PIETERSBUR: The Limpopo Provincial Government is expected to host the Limpopo Provincial Mining, Energy and Industrialisation Investment Conference from Thursday, 29 September, until Friday, 30 September 2022.
• HERMANUS: Protest expected by the Land Party on Friday, 30 September 2022, from 10H00 until 17H00 at the Overstrand Municipality.
• 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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